You know Patriot Memory mostly for its line of memory kits and solid state drives. In 2012, Patriot wants you to get acquainted with its new PBO (Patriot Box Office) Alpine media player, a set-top box powered by an ARM926 processor and driven by Google's Android platform. According to Patriot, this is what the next generation of home media players looks like.
Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) today announced the North American retail availability of the first AMD Memory branded desktop system memory modules. The Sunnyvale outfit partnered up with Patriot Memory and VisionTek to build and deliver the first AMD Memory branded products, which are supposed to "help take the guesswork out of DRAM selection" with kits aimed at specific audiences: Entertainment, Performance, and Enthusiast Desktop.
Patriot Memory just gave birth to a second generation Pyro drive line it's simply calling Pyro SE. Like its predecessor, the new Pyro SE solid state drive (SSD) sport a speedy SandForce SF-2281 controller, SATA 6Gbps interface, and blazing fast read and write speeds, the latter of which is slightly more peppy than the regular Pyro line.
This isn’t Patriot’s first rodeo. The company’s Torqx drive (reviewed September 2009) was one of the best Indilinx SSDs on the market for a while, and the Inferno (October 2010) was a perfectly cromulent first-gen SandForce drive, only lagging behind those SF-1200-based SSDs with specially tweaked “Max IOPS” firmware. The Wildfire (a name that actually seems like a step down from Inferno) is Patriot’s first SF-2281-based drive, and we put the 120GB version through its paces.
Lost in the buzz surrounding the latest DirectX 11 GPUs and hexacore CPUs is the ability to actually store and retrieve your stuff. Your applications, games, photographs, digital music and everything else lives on your hard drive. But that boring old rotating magnetic disk just doesn’t seem exciting or high tech – even though the technology in a hard drive is actually pretty incredible.
We’ll first touch briefly on technology and jargon, then look at several different scenarios, and try to focus on what storage options might be appropriate and cost effective. But first, let’s talk tech. We’ll first briefly discuss hard drives, then take a quick look at SSDs.
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.
Like Goose and Maverick, we have a serious need for speed, which is why it's getting time to think about replacing all those USB 2.0 flash drives with USB 3.0 equivalents. It makes sense, for the right price, now that you can't hardly buy a new motherboard or PC without at least one SuperSpeed USB 3.0 port on it, and according to Patriot Memory, the company's new Supersonic Xpress USB 3.0 flash drive offers "maximum performance at an affordable price."
More and more memory companies are bumping uglies with SandForce's latest SF-2200 controller, the sexy slice of silicon mostly responsible for those ultra high-speed read and write speeds advertised on today's top shelf solid state drives. And though a little late to the party, sparks did eventually fly between SandForce's SF-2200 processor and Patriot, igniting the company's new Wildfire SSD line.
For better or worse, long gone are the days when memory kits were marketed based on frequency and timings alone. Now we have memory kits marketed for specific platforms and processors, a trend that's underscored by Patriot Memory's new "Gamer 2 (G2) Series, AMD Edition" aimed at -- *drum roll* -- gamers putting together an AMD-based system.
Patriot is upfront in the fact that its new Torqx 2 solid state drive line isn't the fastest on the market, nor is it intended to be. Built to take advantage of the SATA II (3Gbps) interface, Patriot says it's looking to deliver "the perfect balance of price and performance." Don't misunderstand that to think the Torqx 2 is slow. On paper, this new series is rated at up to 270MB/s read and up to 230MB/s write speeds.