Our report today is going to examine the Patriot Pyro SE SATA 3 SSD. The Patriot Pyro SE (Special Edition) is the big brother of the Patriot Pyro SSD that we reviewed a few months back.
The difference between the Pyro and the Pyro SE is that the Pyro SE that we are reviewing today utilizes premium synchronous NAND flash memory whereas the Pyro contained more value conscious asynchronous memory modules. At the end of the day, the Pyro SE is the true performer of the family while the Pyro has a lower price.
The Patriot Pyro SE SSD is available in 120 and 240GB capacities. Specifications list the 240GB as having 550MB/s read and 520MB/s write with 85,000 IOPS at 4k random write aligned disk access. A quick check of e-tailers showed the 120GB version at $204.99 and the 240GB at $469.00 at the time of this report. The Patriot Pyro SE is TRIM compatible, also backwards compatible to SATA 2 and contains a 3 year warranty.
Exterior Packaging consists of an orange cardboard outer with easy click one piece plastic interior. The Pyro SE packaging did not include a standard desktop adapter that has become standard in many other SSD manufacturer packaging.
The Pyro SE exterior is comprised of a two piece aluminum shell with smoothed edges which is held together by four screws. There are also two security stickers on the SSD which will invalidate warranty if damaged in any way.
Once the exterior shell is removed, we see a green printed circuit board (PCB) which contains the SandForce SF- 2281 Processor with 16 pieces of Micron synchronous NAND flash memory (29F128G08CFAAB).
Each NAND flash memory module is 16GB in size for a total of 256GB raw capacity. One module of memory is required for over provisioning and SandForce firmware needs which reduces the SSD to its advertised capacity of 240GB. Formatting leaves the user with a total available capacity of 224GB.