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Patriot Warp V.2 review: Patriot Warp V.2

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The Good Offered in three capacities; cheaper than the competition; faster than many common laptop hard drives.

The Bad Disappointing speed gains and battery life; long boot time.

The Bottom Line The inexpensive price of the Patriot Warp V.2 helps it stand out among solid-state hard drives, but its performance shows few significant benefits over normal hard disks. You'd be better off buying a fast 7,200rpm laptop hard drive or selling your firstborn to invest in the Intel X-25M SSD.

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6.0 Overall
  • Design 8
  • Features 7
  • Performance 3

Intel recently plunged into the solid-state drive market and sent storage industry hype through the roof with its ground-up design. After our own tests confirmed its speed, we wondered whether the results were indicative of SSDs across the board or simply a testament to Intel's hard work and ingenuity. The Patriot Warp V.2 is another solid-state drive that promises similar results but at a much cheaper price. We found that although the $420 Warp V.2 ($350 after manufacturer's rebate) is much cheaper than Intel's SSD, the bigger picture proves that fast 7,200rpm hard drives are a smarter laptop upgrade.

The Patriot Warp V.2 comes in three capacities up to 128GB and is designed to fit into any 2.5 inch SATA hard-drive bay. Like the Intel X-25M, it uses NAND flash chips instead of moving parts to achieve faster data-access memory than the conventional hard disk. The lack of a physical disc spinning around inside also theoretically means it consumes less power and generates less heat, both of which benefit hard-core laptop jockeys.

The dramatic price difference between hard disks and solid-state drives forces budget users to shrug off the performance benefits, no matter how significant. As you can see from the chart below, even though the Patriot is the least expensive out of our four competitive SSDs, especially compared with the Intel X-25M, the jump from a name-brand hard disk spinning at 7,200 rotations per minute (faster than the typical 5,400rpms) to the Patriot drive is almost $3 per gigabyte. Without complaining about the Intel's astronomical cost, the argument will continue to weigh against SSDs until we see a significant price drop for the whole group.

Patriot Warp V.2 cost-per-gig comparison

We tested the Patriot Warp V.2 using the same structures set up for the Intel X-25M SSD: We installed it on the same Dell Inspiron E1505 laptop and copied the same 10GB folder that we use for all of our hard-drive tests into another folder on the same drive. We also ran our standard laptop battery test and recorded the total boot-up time from power on to the appearance of the Windows cursor arrow. For a comparison test, we used the Intel X-25M as well as two different laptop hard drives: a 7,200rpm, 200GB Seagate Momentus and a 5,400rpm, 250GB Fujitsu disk.

Model Capacity Est. street price Cost per GB
Intel X-25M 80GB $700 $8.75
Super Talent MasterDrive MX 120GB $435 $3.63
OCZ Core Series 128GB $434 $3.39
Patriot Warp V.2 128GB $420 $3.28
Western Digital Caviar 160GB $60 $0.38
Seagate Momentus 200GB $80 $0.30

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