The performance of the Pyro SE ultimately rests in between the asynchronous NAND Pyro, and the Toggle NAND-equipped Wildfire, but in terms of price, it leans on the Pyro side of the spectrum. Currently, in the popular and competitive 120GB segment, it's a $30 jump from the Pyro to the Pyro SE or Vertex 3, and a $50 premium to the Wildfire or Vertex 3 Max IOPS. If you're mostly hoping to boost game load times, which involves the transfer of many larger files, it's hard to justify the extra cash to jump up from the original Pyro. But if you find yourself in a moderately intense work environment occasionally using CAD or image editing/rendering, it may not be hard to justify a relatively small $30 premium. We think it would necessitate an intense work environment to justify the additional $50 leap for approximately the same performance leap as from the Pyro to the Pyro SE, but there are no doubt applications out there that would fully utilize the benefits that a performance a Toggle NAND or even SLC drive would provide.
In general, the Pyro SE will provide you with an enormous upgrade over a mechanical drive, as we showed earlier here. The typical user won't notice much a difference between the drives, and the extra cash might best be left in your pocket by taking the best deal at the time, and as SSD competition continues to become more intense, better and better deals are easier to be found. If you're a more intensive user working with rendering, image editing, etc, if the price gaps remain the same, the Pyro SE is probably nestled perfectly for you, with a solid increase in performance with heavier loads, but a relatively meager $30 price hike.
- Competitive Price/Performance
- Great overall performance
- Excellent peak performance, on par with Patriot Wildfire/Vertex 3 Max IOPS
- Tried and true SF-2200 series controller
- MLC NAND has lower lifetime than SLC (~10 years usable life for normal usage)
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