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Patriot Memory Pyro SE 60GB SATAIII SSD Review

Patriot Pyro SE

Patriot Memory introduced their first "aggressively-priced" SSD earlier last year, the original Pyro SSD. The original Pyro was one which pushed the price point of SSDs and offered the venerable Sandforce SF-2200 controller, and the Pyro SE is not much different.  The primary difference here is that the Pyro SE uses synchronous NAND, whereas the original Pyro used asynchronous NAND.  The result is a faster MLC NAND, and drastic improvements when incompressible file transfers are called to and from the Pyro SE.

Introduction

The Patriot Memory Pyro SE is the perfect choice for those looking to upgrade to get blazingly fast start up times and near instantaneous access to their data. Powered by the latest SandForce® SF-2281 processor and utilizing the ultra-fast SATA III 6 Gb/s interface, The Pyro SE brings the improved performance of synchronous NAND to the brand offering Performance Users and Gamers the speed advantage they demand.

To ensure the Patriot Memory Pyro SE provides rock-solid performance, technologies like TRIM, DuraClass, and DuraWrite have been included. Offering read/write speeds of 500+ MB/s, the Pyro SE will chew through large file transfers and make even the most demanding applications a smooth experience.

With the Pyro SE, Patriot memory has continued pricing very aggressively to offer one of the best price-per-performance ratios on the market. Backed by Patriot Memory's award winning build quality and 3-year warranty; the Patriot Memory Pyro SE will deliver one of the most reliable choices in performance class SSDs.

 

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; Up to 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

 

Packaging

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The Pyro SE arrives in a slender box with a window to allow a teasing peek inside at the drive.  Patriot carries a black/orange color scheme through the Pyro series, seen on the drive, the manual, and the packaging.  In addition to the drive, a user manual, and lightning bolt-shaped sticker simply exclaiming, "Go Fast," will allow you to point out to your friends what your system is rocking.  Like other budget SSDs, the Pyro SE does not come with a 2.5-3.5 inch drive adapter, so check that your case supports mounting of SSDs.

 

Before we dive into the nitty-gritty details, and you're new to much of the SSD terminology and what makes one SSD different from another, we'd love to point you to Anandtech, which has written a couple of phenomenal posts about how SSDs work, and howdifferent design characteristics translate into real-world performance. Much of what we know has come from these articles as well, so they're a valuable resource. See Anand's articles HERE and HERE as an educational preface.

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