See if this dilemma sounds at all familiar. Your PC's performance is being held back by your mechanical hard drive as it spins and stumbles around its platters fetching your data. Replacing it with a solid state drive is a surefire cure, but the high end ones cost too much and you don't want to settle for anything less. Are you out of luck? That all depends on where Patriot Memory prices its new Pyro SATA 6Gbps SSD line.
The new Pyro drives are powered by SandForce's mighty SF-2281 controller, the same one that's used in other high end SSDs. In this case, that translates into sequential reads of up to 550MB/s and sequential write performance of up to 515MB/s, along with up to 85,000 4K random write IOPS. In short, it's fast, but according to Patriot, it will carry a price tag that belies its performance.
"The Patriot Memory Pyro will continue to aggressively expand on what consumers can expect out of performance class solid state drives," William Lai, Patriot Product Manager William Lai said in a statement. "With near enterprise level performance by utilizing the new SandForce SF-2281, coupled with Patriot Memory's reputation, Pyro will deliver unmatched price per performance."
We like how that sounds, the only problem is Patriot didn't follow that statement up with any pricing information. As a point of reference, Patriot's similarly spec'd Wildfire SSDs (up to 555MB/s read, 520MB/s write, and 85,000 IOPS) streets for $300 (120GB) and $520 (240GB), and presumably the company's Pyro line will sell for less.
Patriot will ship its Pyro in 60GB, 120GB, and 240GB capacities, all three in the 2.5-inch form factor and with the latest 3.1.9 firmware.