Patriot Pyro Reviewtacohunter52 - August 3, 2011
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The Patriot Pyro contains a graphite-colored metal chassis that is held together by four screws. A large orange and black decal, following the same design as the packaging, is located at the center of the drive. This decal contains both the Patriot Memory and the Pyro logos. Beneath the logos are the drive's capacity, form factor size, and SATA interface. Flipping the drive over reveals another decal, this one containing more detailed information about the drive. A warning appears on this decal stating that no serviceable parts are included in the Patriot Pyro, which makes perfect sense because we are looking at an SSD. Also located on this decal is the drive's model number, "PW120GS25SSDR". Located on either side of the drive are two threaded holes. These can be used to mount the drive to a 2.5" drive bay or a 3.5" adapter. As far as the Patriot Pyro's connectivity goes, it uses the SATA III 6.0 Gb/s interface and draws power from a standard SATA power connector.
Opening up the Patriot Pyro shows us that the PCB, like in other drives, was securely held in place by four different screws. 16 MLC asynchronous NAND Flash modules are located around the Pyro's PCB. As with other drives we've looked at, each of these modules hold 8GB of storage space. This gives the drive a total of 128GB of memory. That being said, you'll only be able to utilize 120GB of that space, with the remaining 8GB used for wear-leveling and firmware. These NAND modules are paired with a SandForce SF-2281 controller to make the Pyro an amazing flash drive. So what other capabilities does this fire-burning flash drive have? For starters, the Pyro has TRIM support, provided that your OS supports it. The Pyro also utilizes DuraClass and DuraWrite technologies, which should help improve the SSD's endurance. The Patriot Pyro is also equipped with intelligent block management and wear-leveling, intelligent read disturb management, and intelligent recycling, also known as "Garbage Collection". Garbage collection gives the Patriot Pyro "advanced" free space management.
Many of the high performance drives we've recently looked at share the SandForce SF-2281 controller. The Patriot Pyro is no different. The controller is located right behind the SATA connectors and should help make the Patriot Pyro perform extremely well. Along with the great performance, we should see low power consumption, thermal threshold management, and intelligent data retention optimization. Located behind the SandForce SF-2281 controller are some of the Patriot Pyro's NAND modules. The Pyro utilizes 25nm Micron asynchronous NAND modules. These modules don't offer the performance of the synchronous modules we saw in the Corsair Force GT, but they are cheaper to use and help make the drive more affordable.
Now that we've had a detailed look at the Patriot Pyro, let's find out if it really does have the best price/performance ratio!