Model: Patriot Pyro SE 240GB Solid State Drive
Manufacturer: Patriot Memory
Provided By: Patriot Memory

Among computer enthusiasts the name Patriot is synonymous with quality and value. Founded in 1985, this California-based company has established itself as a leader in the industry by delivering high quality memory solutions powered by the latest technology. Along with a full range of memory modules for desktops, laptops and servers, Patriot offers an assortment of flash-based data storage products including memory cards, solid state drives (SSDs) and USB flash drives.

This past summer, Patriot introduced its WildFire series of solid state drives. Powered by SandForce's SF-2281 processor, the WildFire offered enterprise-class performance as well as features like a SATA 6GB/s interface and native TRIM support. The drive's only real downside was its use of costly Toggle Mode NAND which put it out of reach for many consumers. Shortly thereafter, Patriot launched its Pyro line of SSDs. This mainstream alternative to the WildFire was based on the same SandForce processor but used asynchronous NAND. This made the Pyro much easier on the wallet but also resulted in some slightly lower performance numbers.

Patriot has now released the Pyro SE. This new and improved version of the Pyro is also powered by SandForce's SF-2281 processor. However, instead of asynchronous NAND, the Pyro SE is equipped with 25nm synchronous MLC NAND to deliver up to 550MB/s read and 520 MB/s write speeds as well as a maximum of 85,000 IOPS. Even with this added performance, Patriot has maintained its aggressive pricing strategy to offer one of the best price-per-performance ratios on the market.

 Patriot Pyro SE 240GB Solid State Drive
General Specifications
Part Number PPSE240GS25SSDR
Capacity 240GB
Flash Type 25nm Multi-Level Cell (MLC)
Controller SandForce SF-2281
Form Factor 2.5-inch
Interface SATA III 6Gb/s

Sequential Read 550 MB/s Max
Sequential Write 520 MB/s Max
Max Random Write IOPS 85,000 (4K Aligned)

MTBF 1.5 million hours

Power Consumption
Operational <5W
Standby <.1W

Operating Temperature 0 ºC to 70 ºC
Storage Temperature -45 ºC to 85 ºC
Shock 1500G
Vibration 15G / 10 ~ 2000Hz w / 3 axis
Humidity 0 ºC to 55 ºC / 95% RH, 10 cycles

Dimensions and Weight
Dimensions 99.98mm x 69.55mm x 9.3mm
Weight 78.6 g

Other Features
TRIM support (O/S dependent)
DuraClass technology
DuraWrite extends the endurance of SSDs
Intelligent Block Management and Wear Leveling
Intelligent Read Disturb Management
Intelligent “Recycling” for advance free space management (Garbage Collection)
RAISE (Redundant Array of Independent Silicon Elements)
Intelligent Data Retention optimization
Best-in-class ECC protection for longest data retention and drive life.
Power/Performance Balancing
Thermal Threshold Management
Native Command Queuing (NCQ) - Up to 32 commands
ECC Recovery: Up to 55 bits correctable per 512-byte sector (BCH)
Three year warranty

Needless to say, this is only a taste of what the Pyro SE has to offer.  To give you an idea of what to expect, we'll take a closer look at Patriot's new SSD and then see how it compares to some of the drives from the competition. Does the Pyro SE have what it takes? Can it deliver the performance we've come to expect from Patriot? Keep reading as we find out.

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