Closer Look at Patriot Pyro SE 240 GB
We have already reviewed patriot solid state drives on SandForce SF-2281 controller from Wildlife and Pyro series. The first SSD that belongs to Patriot’s flagship solutions used flash memory with Toggle Mode interface. The second drive, a low-cost one, was built with asynchronous memory. So, to complete the line-up we needed to take a closer look on the third modification with intermediate price and performance, built with synchronous flash memory using ONFI interface. This is exactly what Patriot Pyro SE is and frankly speaking, we are not quite sure why it came into the market so much later than the first two models. Moreover, products like that, perfectly balanced in terms of price and performance, are usually the most popular ones.
Patriot Pyro SE ships in a small cardboard box designed in black and brick-red colors.
Inside the box we find the SSD sealed in clear plastic blister and a sheet with user instructions. Note that the manufacturer didn’t include any retention rails for the 3.5-inch system case bay. Therefore, in some cases additional investment into an appropriate retention kit may be required. In other words, I it fair to conclude that there are practically no accessories bundled with this SSD.
The exterior design of this solid state drive is pretty straight-forward. Patriot Pyro SE case is designed in a traditional SSD form-factor of 2.5 inches and is made of thick silumin-like alloy. There are stickers on both sides of the SSD: a sticker with the marketing info on one sides, and a sticker with the product part number, bar codes, certification logos and “Assembled in the USA” not on the other.
Inside this not your typical case, which, by the way, is manufactured for Patriot by Akust Company, there is a common PCB with a second-generation SandForce SF-2281 controller. It is pretty funny that Patriot engineers decided to add some extra support for this PCB inside the SSD case by sticking it on top of a small gummy cake.
The flash memory in Patriot Pyro SE is manufactured by Micron. There are sixteen chips marked as 29F128G08CFAAB, which are quite often used in contemporary solid state drives. Each of these chips is 128 Gbit large and consist of two 64 Gbit semiconductor dies stacked one on top of the other. As a result, the drive we are discussing in this review has 32 NAND devices connected to an eight-channel controller with 4-way interleaving. Since they use memory with synchronous ONFI 2.2 interface with 133MB/s data transfer rate, we can conclude that the hardware configuration of Patriot Pyro SE is fully identical to that of such popular models as OCZ Vertex 3, Kingston HyperX SSD or Corsair Force GT.
The firmware of Patriot Pyro SE is also quite common: it is typical SandForce firmware. The current version is 3.3.2 and it is finally the version where the SandForce SF-2281 controller Windows stability issues have finally been fixed.
The formal specifications of Patriot Pyro SE are pretty standard. Just like in other drives with SandForce controllers inside, 14% of the memory is reserved for RAISE (Redundant Array of Independent Silicon Elements) technology, so the actual storage capacity of the SSD is 240 GB or 223 GiB of the original 256 GB. Other than that, the specifications look as follows:
- Controller: SandForce SF-2281;
- Interface: SATA 6 Gbit/s;
- Flash memory: synchronous 25 nm NAND;
- Capacity: 240 GB;
- Cache memory: none;
- Sequential read speed: 550 MB/s;
- Sequential write speed: 520 MB/s;
- Random write speed (in 4KB data blocks): 85,000 IOPS.
Like all other SSD makers except for Intel and Plextor, Patriot provides 3-year warranty for their solid state drives.