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Patriot Pyro SE 240GB SSD Review

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SATA 2 Performance

SATA 2 Performance


In a perfect world everyone investing in a new solid state drive would have access to a SATA 6Gb/s controller which could pass on the TRIM command. In reality not everyone has this and for many the decision comes down either giving up TRIM – never a good idea with most controllers – and running it off a secondary controller; or taking a performance hit and running in SATA 2.0 mode.

These tests will consist of some of our real world and synthetic benchmarks run on our standard 1155 test-bed; but the drive will be attached to an SATA 2 port.

For synthetic we have opted for the newcomer to our charts: Anvil Storage Utilities Pro. For real world we have opted for our Adobe test. These two tests should give you a very good idea of the level of performance impact you can expect from running a modern SATA 6 drive in compatibility mode.


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As expected the Pyro SE provides SATA 2 performance which is just as good as what you would expect from a SF2281 drive using stock firmware and ONFi 2 NAND.
 
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Conclusion

Conclusion


With the release of the Pyro SE, Patriot has indeed been able to plug a rather large hole in their existing line up by offering consumers a solution which is neither overly expensive nor underpowered. This is all thanks to its use of ONFi 2 NAND, which offers marked performance improvements over the standard Pyro while still allowing the Pyro SE to be more affordable than the WildFire model. Judging it solely from this perspective, the Pyro SE can be considered a great success.

While some elitist consumers will have a slightly different point of view, the end result is the same: this is a great value drive with plenty of performance to spare. While the release of the Pyro SE may be a bit late, Patriot realized this and are being extremely aggressive with their pricing. Not all that long ago, benchmark numbers and capacity of this caliber would have demanded an unattainable cost for most people. With a recently reduced price – and an additional $60 MIR for those interested in such things – what would have been a good, but expensive product becomes a great value oriented SSD with more than enough performance for all but the most demanding of consumers.

The other major benefit to Patriot being slow to release the Pyro SE is the fact that you pretty much know exactly what you are going to get with it. Enough time has passed from the first SF2281 plus ONFi 2 combination drive that the stock firmware on the Pyro SE is extremely mature and refined. This means that while the performance will not surprise you, the very lack of surprises can be considered a rather large selling feature for anyone who simply wants a drive which “just works™”.

The Patriot Pyro SE may not be able to compete with the fastest drives available, but when all of the factors in its favor are properly considered, there really is only one thing we can say about the Patriot Pyro SE: it’s a Dam Good Value. It may not be the biggest or fastest drive we have ever seen, but consumers who need good performance, a reasonably high capacity and a low asking price need look no further than the Pyro SE 240GB.


Pros:

- Good performance
- Good looks
- Good Safe choice with no surprises
- Stable, mature firmware
- Great Value


Cons:

- No 2.5” to 3.5” adapter included


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