Patriot Pyro SATA III Solid State Drive Review - HotHardware

Patriot Pyro SATA III Solid State Drive Review

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Just a few short weeks after the release of its high-end WildFire-branded solid state drives, Patriot is at the ready with a new family of drives, dubbed Pyro. Like the WildFire, the similarly fire lovin’ Pyro is built around SandForce’s sought after SF-2200 series solid state storage processor. But with this newer series of drives, Patriot has paired the controller to less expensive asynchronous NAND flash memory. This pairing results in a much more affordable solid state drive that offers very similar performance to higher-end models with synchronous NAND flash memory in the vast majority of scenarios. There are exceptions, however, which we’ll show you on the pages ahead. For now, take a gander at a fancy product shot taken from the Pyro’s good side and the full specifications below, then we’ll dig in a little deeper and see what makes the new Patriot Pyro tick.

The SATA III, SandForce-based Patriot Pyro SSD

Patriot Pyro 120GB Solid State Drive
Specifications & Features
  • SandForce SF-2200 series SSD processor paired with qualified MLC NAND flash
  • SATA 6Gb/s, 3Gb/s and 1.5Gb/s
  • TRIM support (O/S dependent)
  • DuraClass technology
  • DuraWrite extends the endurance of SSDs
  • Intelligent Block Management and Wear Leveling
  • Intelligent Read Disturb Management
  • Intelligent “Recycling” for advance free space management (Garbage Collection)
  • RAISE (Redundant Array of Independent Silicon Elements)
  • Intelligent Data Retention optimization
  • Best-in-class ECC protection for longest data retention and drive life
  • Power/Performance Balancing
  • Thermal Threshold Management.
  • Native Command Queuing (NCQ) - Up to 32 commands
  • ECC Recovery: Up to 55 bits correctable per 512-byte sector (BCH)
  • Sequential Read & Write Transfer:
    • 240GB & 120GB models 550MB/s read | 515MB/s Write
    • 60GB model; 520MB/s read | 490MB/s Write.
  • Max Random Write IOPS:
    • Up to 85,000 (4K aligned), 240GB & 120GB models
    • Up to 80,000 (4K aligned), 60GB model
  • O/S Support: Windows XP / Vista / 7 / Mac OS / Linux
  • ** Capacities stated are unformatted. The total formatted capacity for the drive will differ, depending on the operating system and file system used.


The Patriot Pyro, Inside and Out

The Patriot Pyro conforms to the same 2.5” form factor that is typical of current solid state drives. We should point out that Patriot does not included a 2.5” to 3.5” adapter with the Pyro, however, which is an obvious, but easily forgivable, cost-cutting move.

Inside the Pyro’s hard metal enclose, we find a PCB outfitted with a SandForce SF-2281 storage processor and 16 Micron-made 25nm MLC NAND flash memory chips. As we’ve mentioned, this NAND is of the asynchronous variety, which is more affordable than the synchronous NAND used on some higher-end SandForce-based drives due to its lower performance with some workloads.

The 120GB Pyro you see pictured here features 8 flash chips on each side of its PCB, with a capacity of 8GB a piece, for a total capacity of 128GB. That spare 8GB is provisioned for wear leveling, garbage collection, and other SandForce proprietary features to ensure long-term reliability and more consistent performance.

The 120GB Patriot Pyro is rated for 550MB/s read throughput, with 515MB/s writes, with up to 85,000 (4K aligned) random IOPS, putting the drive on right par with similarly configured SandForce-based offerings on the market currently.

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I would have liked to see it priced a little lower than the Corsair drive but it still put up good numbers on the performance side.

I would like to know what the Corsair warranty is?

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A SSD in my price range as of today xD, finally looking forward to getting a SSD soon. Vertex 3 is my first choice so far.

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Nice review and good to see that right now performance is more or less the same across the board. I myself would lean towards a Vertex 3 as well; right now for me it comes down to service and price since they all stack up pretty well.

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Nice price for this thing. Maybe it'll start a price war that we can all sink our teeth into.

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Finally a good price!

Its been getting hard to manange my 64GB! Kinda funny that, that is what they look like inside. I guess I just always imagined a big solid block of silicone :P

Since they are just a bunch of 15GB flash drives linked together, you would figure that the price would have been more reasonable from the get-go! But just like Apple...If they CAN gouge you ...They will.

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Looks like we have the real start of an upcoming price war . Looks like the price/performance ratios are getting to be quite similar .and yep I can agree that preference for service and warranty will likely come in to play as deciding factors as well.

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Before you buy any SSD please read this article on hardocp.

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been running a SSD for almost the past two years and it has been running great! it is a mush have these days


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