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Patriot Pyro SE 240GB & Wildfire 240GB SSD Review

The Patriot Wildfire 240GB Solid State drive ships in a menacing black box with the capacity clearly seen in red bottom right of the box.

The Wildfire 240GB drive ships with a 3.5 inch drive adapter and some mounting screws, which can be useful for installation into some chassis.

The drive is housed in an attractive black chassis with red accenting.

The Patriot Wildfire 240GB uses MLC NAND (32nm) flash memory – which are Toshiba TH58TAG7D2FBA89 branded – both sides of the PCB are populated. We know that Patriot have used Toshiba TH58TAG802FBA89 memory before in the same drive. 16GB of the total memory is reserved for data parity (8GB for RAISE), block replacement and garbage collection.

The Sandforce 2281 controller can access eight separate NAND channels, and two NAND modules are placed on each channel. The controller is marked as ‘SF-2281VB1-SDC’.

The Wildfire uses the DuraWrite algorithm which delivers on the fly compression for improved overall performance. Patriot rate this particular drive as capable of delivering sequential read & write transfer speeds of 555MB/s read | 520MB/s Write.

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  • Nugent

    With the current price of hard drives, its even better value.

  • Bistardo

    Wow very nice, shame they didnt bring out the pyro se for £300 inc vat. might have made more sense with Wildfire drops in price.

    Wildfire getting an SE too ?

  • Brian B

    Its tough to know with so many SF 2281 drives on market. they aren’t all equal but I bet most people wouldnt know if a system had a SATA 6 GB or 3GB drive in it, under real world conditions.

  • Chief Maggot

    The 120GB sounds like good value, how come you pay over double the price for double the storage (120>240gb)? is that a mistake?

  • Technono

    @ chief maggot. The high density NAND flash is more expensive so thats why. They aren’t just adding another 16 modules into the PCB. each one is twice the capacity.

  • Rufus

    Lovely, ill have two of those for my next system (pyro se)

  • Jeremy

    Patriot make great drives. Good memory too.

    Might look into a 120gb se before holidays

  • lank

    Still waiting on hard drive prices to drop, so i can get a 2tb for storage.

    Anyone know if i would notice much real world increases over a first gen ssd? Kingston

  • Garry

    @lank, have you a motherboard with sata 3 ports?

  • Davis

    Yeah, very nice. Im quite happy with my corsair force, even if its aged a bit

  • Forrest

    Hard to go wrong with a sf2281. Do patriot offer direct warranty or is it via the store?

    I got a lot of hassle trying to replace a faulty ocz last year

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