Patriot Pyro SE 120GB Solid State Drive Review

Pyro SE Overview
The Pyro SE is a 2.5-inch form factor drive like most of the solid state drives you will see these days.  It has an black aluminum casing with silver trim.  On the front there is a sticker with the Pyro SE logo and it lets us know this is the 120GB drive and that it is a SATA III 6Gbps drive.

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On the opposite side there is another sticker with the model information and part number.  There are also 4 mounting holes on the bottom of the drive as well as 2 on each side of the drive.  Just like all SATA drives you have  the SATA power and SATA data connections on the end of the drive.

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Let’s check out what’s inside the drive.  Note: If you open your drive you will void your warranty!  To take the drive apart you remove the 4 screws on the top of the drive.  Then you can take the drive apart.  The PCB looks pretty plain with the SandForce SF-2281VB1 chip sitting by itself on the left.

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To the right of the controller you have eight 25nm Micron synchronous flash chips.  On the opposite side of the drive’s PCB there are 8 more chips giving you a total of 16.  Each chip is 8GB giving you a total of 128GB.  The drive is marketed as a 120GB drive, the 8GB extra is used for used for over-provisioning.

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