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When Patriot started to release their SATA 6GB/s solid state drives they started with 2 drives. The Wildfire that was more on the high-end with Toshiba toggle memory and the Pyro which was the more consumer-focused drive that used asynchronous flash memory. Now Patriot has the Pyro SE, which will be using Micron 25nm synchronous memory. Using synchronous memory we should see better performance when it comes to incompressible data. Today we will be taking the 120GB version through the paces, read on to see how the drive performs. Special thanks to Patriot for providing us with the Pyro SE 120GB Solid State Drive to review. The Pyro SE comes in a nice retail package that is very orange. On the outside it lets us know that the drive is using MLC architecture, SATA III technology, and is the 2.5-inch form factor. On the back is a list of some of the features in many different languages. To give you a great idea of how the Pyro SE comes and an overview check out our video below.
We have evaluated a handful of Patriot's SSDs recently, all of which proved to be solid (no pun intended) offerings in their respective categories. The high-end Patriot Wildfire SSD hung right alongside the best of the SandForce-based drives with synchronous NAND we've tested and the lower-priced Pyro was also competitive with its asynchronous NAND-equipped counterparts. There was a fairly large price disparity between the Wildfire and Pyro, however, one which Patriot has filled with the newer Pyro SE. The SE is similar to the original Pyro, but eschews the first drive's Micron 25nm asynchronous MLC NAND flash memory in favor of synchronous memory, which also comes by way of Micron. With synchronous flash memory paired to the SandForce controller in the drive, the Pyro SE should offer better performance with incompressible data. We'll see if that proves true in the benchmark pages ahead, but before we get to the numbers, here are the Patriot Pyro SE 120GB solid state drive's features and specifications, followed by a full teardown of the drive... As you can see, the Patriot Pyro SE conforms to the standard 2.5” form factor common amongst today's solid state drives.
The recent advancements in technology has been advancing at nothing short of a breakneck pace as of recent. Not too long ago, SSD's with JMicron controllers experienced stuttering issues amongst the many other growing pains that came with the advent of the solid state drive. Needless to say the SSD race has moved far past those issues in a short time and has now moved into a speed war to see who can get the highest read/write speeds. The PYRO SE looks up to the task by spec to take on the top contenders in the category. The Patriot PYRO SE is a SATA 6Gbps-compatible model based on the Sandforce SF-2281 controller. This in essence is no big change as Patriot already released the PYRO drive with the same chipset but there are differences that make the SE version worth a look. This model comes in option for capacities starting at 60GB, 120GB and 240GB to top it off. Today we have the 240GB model which means every bit of the controller's memory channels will be populated and used, likely leading to a small performance gain vs the smaller 120GB and 60GB options.
Not long ago, OverclockersClub looked at both Patriot's offerings in the Sandforce 2281 equipped market, the Patriot Wildfire 120GB and Patriot Pyro 120GB. The Wildfire used Toshiba Toggle mode NAND, while the Pyro used 25nm MLC NAND flash as the type of memory. The performance targets for both drives were obvious, with the Pyro falling slightly lower in the spectrum than the Wildfire in both pricing and performance. While the max reads and writes are similar, the real world performance between the two drives was evident in the testing. The Pyro SE or "Special Edition" fills the performance gap between the two drives. Read/Write speeds come in at 550MB/s/520MB/s respectively, with 85,000 IOPs 4k aligned random writes. which seems to be pretty much the standard for a SF-2281 based drive. Patriot's Pyro SE line up consists of three drives that include a 60GB, 120GB, and a 240GB drive. What differentiates the Pyro SE from the Pyro is the use of synchronous MLC NAND in place of asynchronous MLC NAND. To make sure the level of performance is what consumers expect, the Sandforce feature set includes DuraClass, DuraWrite, Raise technologies along with TRIM support, and an Intelligent Garbage collection algorithm.