Patriot Wildfire 120GB Reviewccokeman - July 11, 2011
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In the world of computing, everyone likes a computer that can start up and shut down quickly. The ability to boot into your system as fast as possible allows you to start the tasks you set out to do that much quicker, not to mention the older you get the greater the chance is that you'll forget what you wanted to use the computer for in the first place! The sweet spot is about 30 seconds or less. It is possible with conventional hard drives, but very hard to attain this "golden" 30-second time. With the speed of SSDs, it should be easier, but there is only one way to tell and that is to test it out. To run these tests, I used a stopwatch to calculate the number of seconds it took from pressing the power button on the case, to having a fully-functioning desktop. For the shut down test, I timed from the click of the shut down button in the start menu, until power was off to the system.
Startup and shutdown are instances when speed differences between drives can be felt. The Wildfire took a couple seconds longer to start up than the Vertex 3, but surpassed the times delivered by the earlier drives. The time differences between the Wildfire and spindle drive are huge and is instantly noticed when booting up the system.