Patriot Inferno 100GB review

The Sandforce SSD of choice

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Our Verdict

With a beefy warranty and scorching performance thanks to the latest controller tech, this is a damn desirable SSD. If only it were bigger and cheaper.


  • Fantastic all-round performance
  • Uses the popular Sandforce SSD controller
  • Five year warranty


  • Suffers from the SSD price premium

Red hot performance from the latest solid state storage technology. That's Patriot's plan with its new Inferno 100GB SSD.

Just in case you haven't got the message, Patriot has dressed the Inferno in funky, bright red anodised threads.

Of course, it's what inside that really matters.

Like a lot of the latest high performance drives, including the Corsair Force F100 and OCZ Vertex 2 [link to reviews], the Patriot Inferno 100GB is powered by the Sandforce SF-1200 series. It's currently the hottest SSD controller chip in town.

So, it's no surprise to find Patriot claiming similar performance numbers. Like the Corsair and OCZ drives, the Inferno 100GB is rated at 285MB/s and 275MB/s for sequential reads and writes.

At around £285, it's similarly priced to the OCZ, too, and even uses essentially the same Intel-sourced MLC Flash memory.

Despite the similarities, there are a few differences in the way various manufacturers put their SSD packages together. The Inferno 100GB's five-year warranty is certainly worth bearing in mind.

Tech Specs

Product TypeSolid State Drive
Product FamilyInferno
Drive InterfaceSATA
Drive Width2.5"
Drive Interface StandardSATA/300
Brand NamePatriot Memory
Drive TypeInternal
Storage Capacity100 GB
Green CompliantYes
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityRoHS
Maximum Read Transfer Rate285 MBps
Maximum Write Transfer Rate275 MBps
Height9.4 mm
Width66 mm
Depth99.1 mm
ColourRed, Black
ManufacturerPatriot Memory, LLC
Product ModelPI100GS25SSDR
Product NamePI100GS25SSDR Inferno MLC Solid State Drive
Product LineInferno
Manufacturer Part NumberPI100GS25SSDR
Manufacturer Website Address
Marketing Information

The Patriot Inferno Solid-State Drive (SSD) is a great way to enhance the performance of your computer. Built around the SandForce SF-1222 SSD processor and designed for blazing performance with industry leading IOPS, Inferno offers up to 285MB/s read and 275MB/s write speeds for faster system boot up and quicker application load times. With native TRIM support, and integrated DuraClass technology, Inferno maintains its performance over its life cycle and even extends the life of the drive.

Weight (Approximate)120 g