Patriot Pyro SATA III Solid State Drive Review

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Our Summary and Conclusion

Performance Summary: The Patriot Pyro 120GB SSD we tested performed as expected, considering the drive’s similar configuration to a couple of others we evaluated in a recent round-up. With highly-compressible data and in most transfer tests, the Patriot Pyro performs extremely well and keeps pace with every other SandForce-based drive we’ve seen. With incompressible data, however, the asynchronous NAND flash memory and SandForce controller combo used on the Pyro falter a bit, as shown in the AS-SSD and CrystalDiskMark tests, but this is expected behavior with a drive of this type, and performance is still very good overall.

The Patriot Pyro will initially be available in 60GB, 120GB, and 240GB varieties, with various price points. The 120GB model we’ve featured here will be sold for about $209.99.

At that price, the 120GB Patriot Pyro comes in at approximately $1.87 per gigabyte, which put it on par with Corsair’s Force Series 3 drive and makes it one of the more competitively priced SandForce SF-2200 based drives out there. Looking back at its performance and knowing that the drive is backed by a 3 year warranty, we can’t help but recommend the Patriot Pyro. If you’re looking for a fast, relatively affordable solid state drive the Patriot Pyro should be on your short list of considerations.

  • Competitive Pricing
  • Strong Performance
  • 3 Year Warranty

 

  • Slows Down With Incompressible Data
  • Asynchronous NAND

 


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