Nathan Edwards

Nov 06, 2012

Patriot Pyro SE 240GB

At A Glance

Meet the Pyro

Performance identical to top-tier SandForce drives.

Meet the Meat

Sequential speeds cant match Samsung 830.

Back in October 2011, we reviewed the 120GB Patriot Wildfire, the company’s first SF-2281-based SSD. With 32nm Toshiba asynchronous NAND, the Wildfire was a solid, if unremarkable, drive—awesome compared to nearly every other drive, but not quite up to the standard set by Corsair’s Force GT, OCZ’s Vertex 3, or OWC’s Mercury Extreme Pro. With the Pyro SE, Patriot hopes to change that.

The Force GT, Vertex 3, and Mercury Extreme Pro have one thing in common that the Wildfire lacked: 25nm synchronous NAND. Now a Patriot drive has the same stuff. The 240GB Patriot Pyro SE uses 16 128Gb modules of Micron 25nm synchronous NAND. Can the smaller process and synchronous NAND help the Pyro SE keep pace with the best SF-2281 SSDs on the market?

Yes. The better NAND pushes the Pyro SE past its stablemate and into the rarified air at the top of the SandForce-powered heap. With sequential read and write speeds at 482MB/s and 300MB/s, respectively, as measured by CrystalDiskMark, the Pyro SE is about as fast as the OWC Mercury Extreme Pro, and its 4KB random write speed, at over 91,000 IOPS, is the fastest we’ve ever seen from a 6Gb/s SATA drive. The synchronous NAND makes the most impact on sequential write speeds, offering a 40–50MB/s boost over the asynchronous NAND in the Wildfire.

For such a speedy drive, the Pyro SE’s exterior is pretty pedestrian.

As with all top-tier SandForce SF-2281-powered drives, the Pyro SE is optimized for small random‑write cycles; in sequential tests, Samsung’s 830 Series SSD holds the crown.

The Pyro SE is priced competitively with other drives that use the same NAND and controller, like the OWC Mercury Extreme Pro, and it performs competitively, too. If you’re looking for a top-tier SSD with a SandForce controller and speedy 25nm synchronous NAND, the sparkly‑gray Pyro SE is just as good as the sparkly‑blue OWC drive. So get whichever one matches your rig better.


Patriot Pyro SEIntel 520 SeriesOCZ Octane
Samsung 830 Series SSD
 240GB 240GB512GB256GB
    Sustained Read (MB/s)
 482 470.6445.4506.4
    Sustained Write (MB/s)
 300.3 299315.5398.5
AS SSD    
    Seq. Read (MB/s)
 506.7 502.6432.2502.6
    Seq. Write (MB/s) 295.2 288.3285.9164.1
    4KB Read (IOPS) 4,986 5,6555,5465,513
    4KB Write (IOPS) 14,179 14,12310,41712,800
    64KB File Read (MB/s) 443.24 422.81408.57
    64KB File Write (MB/s) 487.9 490.29287.02515.05
    4KB Random Write 91,171.26 87,713.73 22,073.97 35,329.48
    Max Access Time (ms) 4139
    Premiere Pro Encode Write (sec) 424423
    PCMark Vantage x64 HDD 61,686 49,622 57,030 62,168
    PCMark 11 x64 SST 5,305 5,312 4,945 5,257

Best scores are bolded. Our current test bed is a 3.1GHz Core i3-2100 processor on an Asus P8 P67 Pro (B3 chipset) running Windows 7 Professional 64-bit. All tests used onboard 6Gb/s SATA ports with latest Intel drivers.


Patriot Pyro SE 240GB

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