Generally around this time of year we spend more time looking forward at next year's products than we do with products that are currently on the market. Blame the economy, global unrest or the Mayan Calendar if you want, but the 2012 SSD outlook isn't going to change too much, at least in the first half of the year. The SSDs that currently top our performance charts will remain there for the next several months and may actually be better products than those coming in 2Q 2012. Next year we will see 20 and 24nm flash hit the market, but there isn't any early indication of big performance gains. These new products may actually prove to be slower than what we have today. We can point back to early 2011 when SandForce SF-1200 controlled drives started getting treated with 25nm flash as an example.
That among other considerations like the HDD shortage and post-holiday specials means right now is a very good time to buy a new SSD. The current crop of SF-2281 / synchronous flash drives are remarkably fast, faster than the newest generation controllers from Marvell and Indilinx and the 25nm synchronous flash has proven to be a great performer with a long life span.
I hate to say it but all good things come to an end and 25nm flash is on its way out. We really don't know what issues newer flash will bring, but on paper it shouldn't last as long as the current 25nm. If you are someone looking to purchase an SSD and use it for a very long time, like until SATA IV hit then I would consider purchasing a Patriot Pyro SE before the next product release.
There are still some minor issues that should be brought up. The Pyro and Pyro SE do not ship with a desktop adapter bracket, an accessory that ships with many competitors products. This can cause issues when installing the drive in desktop computers. Also, the Pyro SE isn't the cheapest SF-2281 / synchronous flash drive on the market, but it isn't the most expensive either. Patriot does have a solid track record of good customer service and timely firmware updates for their SSDs, something we can't say about all SSD manufactures.
All things considered the Pyro SE release is above average, but still a bit rough around the edges when it comes to the fine details.
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- Page 1 [Introduction]
- Page 2 [Specifications, Pricing and Availability]
- Page 3 [The Packaging]
- Page 4 [The Patriot Pyro SE 240GB SSD]
- Page 5 [Benchmarks - Test System Setup and ATTO Baseline Performance]
- Page 6 [Benchmarks - HD Tune Pro]
- Page 7 [Benchmarks - AIDA64 Random Access Time]
- Page 8 [Benchmarks - CrystalDiskMark]
- Page 9 [Benchmarks - PCMark Vantage Hard Disk Tests]
- Page 10 [PCMark Vantage - Drives with Data Testing]
- Page 11 [Benchmarks - AS SSD]
- Page 12 [Benchmarks - Passmark]
- Page 13 [Final Thoughts]
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