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The Patriot Memory Pyro is somewhat of a downgrade from the Patriot Wildfire in terms of both price and performance. The drive was slightly slower in our testing and is among the more expensive SATA 3 (6Gbps) solid-state drives on the market. That said, it's still about 90 cents per gigabyte cheaper than its brother and will offer significant improvement to your computer's performance when used as a replacement for the boot drive. Note, however, that you might not want to let the computer go into sleep mode when the drive is used. In our testing, the drive would occasionally dismount when waking up from sleep mode, causing a blue-screen error. If you can live with that, the Patriot Memory Pyro still makes a decent investment. The Pyro looks basically the same as the Wildfire except for the different label on its top. The drive comes in the standard 2.5-inch, 9mm-thick design. This means it will work in most, if not all, instances in which a regular hard drive of the same design would be used, such as inside a laptop computer. The drive supports different RAID configurations in case you want to add multiples of them together to increase performance or to protect data from drive failure.
On the heels of its performance-orientated Wildfire series, Patriot has developed a more cost effective solution for mainstream system builders. Based on SandForce's SF-2281 controller, the Pyro series appears to take aim at the Agility 3. OCZ's budget offering uses the same SandForce controller and similar NAND flash memory. During its initial launch the Pyro undercut the Agility 3 by a few bucks ($205 versus $210), but OCZ has since responded by reducing its price to $170 (or $140 after a rebate). Patriot hasn't answered that move yet and we're not sure how to read that decision because it puts the Pyro in a tight position between competing drives. Despite costing more, the Pyro claims to offer slightly more speed, citing blazingly fast 550MB/s sequential reads and up to 515MB/s sequential writes using SATA 6.0Gb/s. At first glance, it seems the Pyro might be fairly priced against the Agility 3, but we have a sneaking suspicion this isn't the case and Patriot will have to lower its prices. Although Patriot's new drive is well distanced from its premium Wildfire series, which costs $280 for a 120GB unit, we're inclined to mention that the Pyro is awkwardly close to OCZ's Vertex 3 ($240).
If you were to go outside and ask any random person, let's say between the ages of 4 and 18, if they like fire, chances are they'd respond by saying, "Yes, I'm a pyro." These people obviously can't all have the same mental illness of pyromania, but the joy of playing with fire is something many human beings share. An example of this, at least to some degree, is Patriot Memory. I say this partly because of Patriot's Wildfire SATA III and Inferno SATA II SSDs, and partly because of the release of its newest SSD, the Patriot Pyro. Like many of the SSD releases we've seen recently, the Patriot Pyro is a SATA III 6Gb/s drive that uses the SandForce SF-2281 controller. For this reason, the drive should share the same 500MB+ read and write speeds. Despite the drive's SATA III interface, it is still backwards compatible with the more common SATA II interface. The drive also features DuraClass, DuraWrite, and TRIM technologies. Today we'll be taking a look at Patriot's 120GB version of the Pyro, which can be had for $209. 60GB and 240GB models are also available. With so many SSDs currently available all sharing the same SF-2281 controller, what makes the Patriot Pyro the drive to buy? Well that's easy — Patriot Memory hopes to have positioned the Pyro at a price point that will give the user the best price/performance ratio.
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 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.
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