Patriot Pyro SATA III Solid State Drive Review - HotHardware

Patriot Pyro SATA III Solid State Drive Review

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Our Test Methodologies: Under each test condition, the Solid State Drives tested here were installed as secondary volumes in our testbed, with a standard spinning hard disk for the OS and benchmark installations. Out testbed's motherboard was updated with the latest BIOS available as of press time and AHCI mode was enabled. The SSDs were secure erased and left blank without partitions wherever possible, unless a test required them to be partitioned and formatted, as was the case with our ATTO, PCMark 7, and CrystalDiskMark benchmark tests. Windows firewall, automatic updates and screen savers were all disabled before testing. In all test runs, we rebooted the system and waited several minutes for drive activity to settle before invoking a test.

HotHardware Test System
Intel Core i7 and SSD Powered

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Hardware Used:
Intel Core i7-2600K

Asus P8Z6-V Pro
(Z68 Chipset, AHCI Enabled)

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 285

4GB Kingston DDR3-1600

Integrated on board

WD Raptor 150GB (OS Drive)
Patriot Pyro (120GB)
OCZ Agility 3 (200GB)
Corsair Force GT (120GB)
Corsair Force 3 Series (128GB)
Patriot Wildfire (120GB)
Crucial M4 (256)

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Relevant Software:
Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 x64
Intel, iRST 10.5.1027
DirectX 11

NVIDIA GeForce 275.33

Benchmarks Used:
IOMeter 1.1.0 RC
HD Tune v4.61
ATTO v2.47
CrystalDiskMark v3.01 x64
PCMark 7
SiSoftware Sandra 2011

I/O Subsystem Measurement Tool

As we've noted in previous SSD articles, though IOMeter is clearly a well-respected industry standard drive benchmark, we're not completely comfortable with it for testing SSDs. The fact of the matter is, though our actual results with IOMeter appear to scale properly, it is debatable whether or not certain access patterns, as they are presented to and measured on an SSD, actually provide a valid example of real-world performance for the average end user. That said, we do think IOMeter is a gauge for relative available throughput with a given storage solution. In addition there are certain higher-end workloads you can place on a drive with IOMeter, that you really can't with most other benchmark tools available currently.

In the following tables, we're showing two sets of access patterns; our Workstation pattern, with an 8K transfer size, 80% reads (20% writes) and 80% random (20% sequential) access and IOMeter's default access pattern of 2K transfers, 67% reads (34% writes) and 100% random access.

The Patriot Pyro performed well in our IOMeter tests, besting all of the other drives slightly in terms of IOps, MBps, and response time using the default assignment. It trailed the OCZ drive by a bit in our workstation access pattern, however. All of the SandForce-based drives ultimately performed similarly, though.

SiSoft SANDRA 2011
Synthetic HDD Benchmarking

Next we ran SiSoft SANDRA, the the System ANalyzer, Diagnostic and Reporting Assistant. Here, we used the Physical Disk test suite and provided the results from our comparison SSDs. The benchmarks were run without formatting and read and write performance metrics are detailed below.

The Pyro also performed well in the SiSoft SANDRA tests, taking the top spot in the Read test by a couple of percentage points. In the write test, however, it finished in the middle of the SandForce-based pack.

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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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