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New Patriot SSDs Use Latest JMicron Controller

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Patriot launched a new line of SSDs using the JMicron JMF612 controller.

Patriot announced on Wednesday that its latest family of solid state drives (SSD), the Zephyr series, was designed around the JMicron JMF612 controller, offering native Windows 7 TRIM support. Using a controller level cache of 64 MB DDR2, the new line promises "stutter-free performance" while offering read speeds of up to 240 MB/s and write speeds of up to 180 MB/s (256 GB version only).

"Our Zephyr family of SSDs offer great performance, aggressive pricing and the inherent benefit of SSD technology over antiquated hard disk drives: quicker boot times and shorter application loading times," states Les Henry, Vice President of Engineering at Patriot. "Including a Zephyr SSD in your desktop or notebook upgrade plans provides one of the best bang-for-the buck improvements you can make to your system."

Now available for purchase, the Zephyr SSDs are offered in three capacities: 64 GB, 128 GB, and 256 GB. Although all three models provide the same 240 MB/s read speeds, the 180 GB model only offers write speeds of up to 145 MB/s--the 64 GB version writes even slower at 85 MB/s.

Newegg, CompUSA, Amazon,and other online retailers carry Patriot products, however the new drives haven't appeared as of this writing, so pricing is unknown at this point.

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    Hiniberus , 16 April 2010 18:42
    When they say 'Aggressive Pricing' do they mean that they rape your wallet or they're actually worth getting? I think I'll stick with my current HDD's for a while longer and let the prices drop to 'Average Joe' prices in a year or two and then get them. Though it's always quite interesting to see the sizes they come out with but without price listing, it's something I'd consider somewhat essential.

    Perhaps waiting a bit longer to have added the article with the price list could have been better but nothing short of an edit within a few days can't handle, right?
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    DavC , 16 April 2010 20:10
    offered in three capacities: 64 GB, 128 GB, and 256 GB. Although all three models provide the same 240 MB/s read speeds, the 180 GB model

    correct me if i'm wrong, but thats 4 sizes...
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    Silmarunya , 16 April 2010 20:20
    I think it's a typo and the writer of this article meant 128GB. And that'd make sense too, because I've never seen a 180GB SSD...
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    roots , 16 April 2010 21:08
    The controller being a small part of an SSD, I fail to see how it can make a huge difference in pricing.