We have measured a handful of Patriot’s solid-state drives now, entire of which depicted to be solid offerings in their respective class. The high-end Patriot Wildfire solid-state drive hung right alongside the excellent of the SandForce-based drives with synchronous NAND we have tried and the lower-priced Pyro was too competitive with its asynchronous NAND-skilled counterparts.
There was a adequately ample amount alterity amid the Wildfire and Pyro, however, one which Patriot has abounding with the newer Pyro SE. The SE is agnate to the aboriginal Pyro, but eschews the aboriginal drive’s Micron 25nm asynchronous MLC NAND beam anamnesis in favor of ancillary memory, which additionally comes by way of Micron. With ancillary beam anamnesis commutual to the SandForce ambassador in the drive, the Pyro SE should action bigger achievement with incompressible data. We’ll see if that proves accurate in the criterion pages ahead, but afore we get to the numbers, actuality are the Patriot Pyro SE 120GB solid accompaniment drive’s appearance and specifications, followed by a abounding teardown of the drive...
As you can see, the Patriot Pyro SE conforms to the accepted 2.5” anatomy agency accepted amidst today’s solid accompaniment drives. It additionally appearance a adamantine aluminum carapace to assure the belly from damage.
The carapace is adorned with a ample Patriot Pyro SE decal on the top side, while the basal sports addition decal with archetypal and consecutive cardinal information, forth with added abstruse details.
Crack the Patriot Pyro SE open, and its PCB is calmly removed. Both abandon are outfitted with eight, 25nm Micron MLC NAND beam chips of the ancillary variety, for a absolute of 16 chips. This blazon of NAND is somewhat beneath big-ticket than the Toshiba beam anamnesis acclimated in the higher-end Wildfire, appropriately the SE’s position amid the aboriginal Pyro and Wildfire in Patriot’s accepted line-up.
This accurate drive is a 120GB model, but there is absolutely 128GB of NAND on-board—the added accommodation is provisioned for wear-leveling and added drive maintenance-related features. The SandForce SF-2281 ambassador is positioned appropriate amid the SATA ability and abstracts and connectors and eight of the beam chips on the top ancillary of the PCB. This is the aforementioned ambassador acclimated on around all accepted SandForce-based drives targeted at desktop PC users.
The Patriot Pyro SE ships with a basal bulk of accessories. There is no 2.5”-to-3.5” drive tray adapter included and no ability or abstracts cables either. All that was arranged with the drive was a "Go Lightning Fast" decal and a basal accession adviser / manual.