Patriot Pyro SE 120GB Solid State Drive Review

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.

Features and Specifications
– SandForce SF-2200 series SSD processor paired with qualified MLC NAND flash for best performance, value and reliability
– SATA 6Gb/s, 3Gb/s and 1.5Gb/s
– TRIM support (O/S dependent)
– DuraClass™ technology
– DuraWrite™ extends the endurance of SSDs
– Intelligent Block Management and Wear Leveling
– Intelligent Read Disturb Management
– Intelligent “Recycling” for advance free space management (Garbage Collection)
– RAISE™ (Redundant Array of Independent Silicon Elements)
– Intelligent Data Retention optimization
– Best-in-class ECC protection for longest data retention and drive life.
– Power/Performance Balancing
– Thermal Threshold Management
– Native Command Queuing (NCQ) – Up to 32 commands
– ECC Recovery: Up to 55 bits correctable per 512-byte sector (BCH)
– Sequential Read & Write Transfer:
60GB model; Up to 550MB/s read | 500MB/s Write
240GB & 120GB models; 550MB/s read | 520MB/s Write
– Max Random Write IOPS:
60GB model; Up to 80K
240GB & 120GB models; Up to 85,000 (4K aligned)
– O/S Support: Windows® XP / Vista / 7 / Mac® OS / Linux

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.

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To give you a great idea of how the Pyro SE comes and an overview check out our video below.

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