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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

Final Thoughts


No matter how you slice it, SSDs are all about performance and price. The performance is the part you want and SSDs deliver it in abundance. The price is the part you don't want and SSDs also deliver in this area too. Last year SandForce and the Team SandForce partners went after the high end where performance and price are both high; the no compromise market. This year SandForce is also dominating this area, but also competing in the mainstream market. It took me a little while to get my head around this whole mainstream market thing, but a big portion of that revolved around the pricing at the time for the new asynchronous flash drives. Now we see these drives selling for less than 200 USD for 120GB and the value is shining through.


With an MSRP of just over 200 USD, the Patriot Pyro should soon be below the 200 Dollar price point at Newegg in no time at all. Patriot is known for aggressive pricing and that 200 Dollar point has a stigma about it in the same bang for the buck group of buyers as the Pyro is targeting. We are already seeing some thick competition in this price group. Hell, even Patriot has two products there right now. I'm still not sure what Patriot has planned for the Torqx 2, but the Pyro is a faster product and what you should buy when the price points are as close as they are now.


That leads us to the Patriot Pyro's performance. The Pyro offers users a big bite of SATA III performance, but as the drive fills with data, the taste fades away. Once you get the drive half full the aftertaste is what you have to worry about. In forums I read all the time about end users asking why their SSD is now so slow and how they can get the performance back that they once had. There are two sides to this coin. The first is that the drive has slowed down in some tasks, many of which are those used to measure performance like benchmarks and when transferring files around.


The other side of the coin is that these same users have forgotten what a traditional spinner actually feels like. You know the hour glass, long boot up times and that sort of stuff. Just because the Pyro slows down when running benchmarks and file transfers, it still offers the same .2 millisecond access times, so the hour glass is gone and everything still opens as soon as you double click on it.


As long as you can live with not having the best of the best then the Patriot Pyro sits in a good position as long as Patriot can lead the price war. Since the Pyro doesn't ship with a desktop adapter bracket like the Agility 3, it will need to beat the price of the Corsair Force 3 that does ship with an adapter bracket.



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