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Patriot is getting in to the SATA 6Gb/s game with the other big players in the solid state market with their Wildfire and Pyro solid state drives. Last year we were very impressed with the Inferno solid state drive from Patriot. Today we are taking look at Patriot’s Wildfire drive which sports the SandForce SF-2281 drive controller with Toshiba 32nm MLC NAND. It boast sequential read and write speeds of 555MB/s and 520MB/s respectively and max random write IOPS up to 85,000 (4K aligned). Let’s see how it performs against other 6Gb/s drives we have recently tested. The Wildfire comes in a nice retail package. The front is pretty plain with a Wildfire logo on it and a sticker letting us know we received the 120GB version of the drive. The Wildfire drive looks like your basic 2.5-inch solid state drive. It does have a nice aluminum casing, which I did point out in the unboxing video. On the front there is a sticker that lets you know this is a Patriot Wildfire drive and that it is 120GB. On the back of the drive there is another sticker that has all of the serial numbers on it. Just like any other solid state drive you have the SATA power and data connections. Also when checking out the drive I noticed a nice silver trim around the casing, it gives the drive a good look.
This isn’t Patriot’s first rodeo. The company’s Torqx drive (reviewed September 2009) was one of the best Indilinx SSDs on the market for a while, and the Inferno (October 2010) was a perfectly cromulent first-gen SandForce drive, only lagging behind those SF-1200-based SSDs with specially tweaked “Max IOPS” firmware. The Wildfire (a name that actually seems like a step down from Inferno) is Patriot’s first SF-2281-based drive, and we put the 120GB version through its paces. The 120GB Wildfire SSD consists of an SF-2281 controller and eight 128Gb (that’s gigabits, not bytes) Toshiba 32nm NAND flash packages on a 6Gb/s SATA bus. In our tests, the Wildfire performed nearly as well as the OWC Mercury Extreme Pro 6G and OCZ’s Vertex 3, the two fastest SandForce drives we’ve tested. In AS SSD’s synthetic SSD benchmark, in fact, the Wildfire’s sustained read speeds were neck-and-neck with the Vertex’s, while sustained writes were around 40MB/s slower, at 240MB/s. The only place we’ve ever seen a SandForce drive hit near the 500MB/s sustained writes that the manufacturers tout is in ATTO’s large-block writes, at 64KB and above.
It's been a long time coming, but Patriot has finally released its own SandForce-based SSD, the performance-oriented Patriot Wildfire 120GB.Like primary school kids vying for peer respect by racing up and down the school field, solid state drives (SSDs) are speed freaks. They're constantly trying to outdo one another at read/write performance, and occasionally falling over and grazing their figurative knees. We say figurative, because when an actual primary school kid falls over and grazes their knee, parents don't announce a huge recall of nine year olds the way SSD manufacturers had to when it turned out the SandForce 2281 controller had gone awry.With all that nasty business (hopefully) behind us, and new SSDs sporting a revised version of that particular controller, we can enjoy the speedy stuff without tears. Against the cream of the OCZ crop, the OCZ Vertex 3, Patriot's Wildfire is an impressive little performer. The OCZ drive still has the edge in the real-world file decompression test, but the Wildfire takes the lead when it comes to the more synthetic benchmarks.
As Patriot's first SATA 6Gb/s drive, the Wildfire looks to follow the strong performance by last year's Inferno and TorqX 2 drives. Equipped with the latest controller from Sandforce, the Patriot Wildfire series of SATA III drives looks poised to make a run for the title of fastest drive on the market. On paper, the Wildfire features specifications that include sequential read speeds up to 555MB/s and writes of up to 520MB/s with IOPs performance of up to 85,000. These are numbers it took multiple drives in a RAID array to deliver just last year. The Wildfire will be released in drive capacities of 120GB, 240GB, and 480GB to enable end users to purchase this level of performance in a capacity that fits their budget. Pricing is currently $279 at etailers (for the 120GB version), so this performance comes with a price tag that should drop as more manufacturers step into the arena. If past performance is an indicator, then this drive should prove as succesful as Patriot's prior high performance offerings. Let's see if it is indeed the fastest single drive on the market. The Patriot Wildfire 120GB drive we have is a sample that was shipped before the final graphic was ready for shipment. Even so, this is a retail drive, just without the stickers on the front or packaging.
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