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Patriot Pyro 120GB SandForce SF-2281 Solid State Drive Review

By: Steve Dougherty | SSDs in Storage | Posted: Aug 4, 2011 12:00 am
TweakTown Rating: 88%Manufacturer: Patriot Memory

PCMark Vantage - Drives with Data Testing


For a complete breakdown on the Drives with Data Testing please read this article. You will be able to perform this test at home with the files provided in the article, full instructions are included.



Brief Methodology


SSDs perform differently when used for a period of time and when data is already present on the drive. The purpose of the Drives with Data testing is to show how a drive performs in these 'dirty' states. SSDs also need time to recover, either with TRIM or onboard garbage collection methods.


Drives with Data Testing - 25%, 50%, 75% Full States and Dirty / Empty Test

Files needed for 60 (64GB), 120 (128GB), 240 (256GB)

60GB Fill - 15GB, 30GB, 45GB

120GB Fill - 30GB, 60GB, 90GB

240GB Fill - 60GB, 120GB, 160GB

Empty but Dirty - a test run just after the fill tests and shows if a drive needs time to recover or if performance is instantly restored.




HDD1 - Windows Defender

HDD2 - Gaming

HDD3 - Windows Photo Gallery

HDD4 - Vista Startup

HDD5 - Windows Movie Maker

HDD6 - Windows Media Center

HDD7 - Windows Media Player

HDD8 - Application Loading


You'll notice that I've added the OCZ Technology Agility 3 numbers from when I tested it. The Patriot Pyro with the latest firmware update manages to outperform the Agility 3 in all tests, but as you can see, the async flash Pyro is still easily outperformed by the Vertex 3. This same thing carries over to the Wildfire as well since the Vertex 3 and Wildfire share the same configuration. We'll talk more about this on the final page.

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