In our latest articles we discussed solid state drives based on Indilinx Everest or Marvell 88SS9174 controllers. Unlike SandForce SF-2281, these two controller chips are not as popular: they are used in individual products with very unconventional characteristics. Of course, it creates increased interest in such SSDs, but their variety is pretty limited. Therefore, we are forced to get back to reviewing much more widely spread products on SandForce controllers. And today we are proud to present to you another member of the family – Patriot Pyro SE.
Almost all the manufacturers of memory modules for computer enthusiasts are now trying to join the ranks of the solid state drive makers. Some of them, like OCZ, Kingston or Corsair manage to become the leaders in this promising market segment. Patriot seems to be more of a new mainstream SSD maker. They currently offer only products built on SandForce controllers, do not have a very large variety and in terms of time to the market Patriot is quite a bit behind the leaders here.
Nevertheless, when it comes to SandForce platform, the production volumes and brand recognition do not really matter too much. It is the controller developer who designs PCBs and firmware that is why all SandForce SF-2281 based SSDs are of almost the same quality and perform at practically identical speeds. The differences are mostly in the warranty terms, but this is something you can’t complain about with Patriot. This is a respectful well-known manufacturer with great reputation. Therefore if you are considering buying a SandForce based drive, then you should totally check out Patriot products alongside with the offerings from OCZ, Kingston or Corsair. Especially since in many cases Patriot offers a much more attractive price point. Therefore, when we received a 240 GB Patriot Pyro SE, we decided to dedicate a separate individual review to this product.