Patriot Memory Pyro SSD review: Lacking fire

CNET editor Dong Ngo reviews the Patriot Memory Pyro solid-state drive.

The Patriot Memory Pyro SATA 6Gbps solid-state drive
The Patriot Memory Pyro SATA 6Gbps solid-state drive Dong Ngo/CNET

The Patriot Memory Pyro solid-state drive (SSD) is the "budget" version of the Patriot Wildfire that was reviewed a few months ago.

While costing some 90 cents per gigabyte less than the Wildfire, the Pyro is still one of the most expensive SATA 6Gbps SSDs on the market, with the 120GB version being priced at around $200 and the 240GB version at around $430.

The drive's data transfer speeds were relatively slow compared with those of other SSDs of the same standard, including the Wildfire. It also doesn't come with a 3.5-inch drive bay converter to make it fit well in a desktop setup. I tried the 240GB version of the drive, which is the top capacity, and found that it had some problems involving the sleep mode. When used as the main drive that hosts the operating system, which, by the way, is Windows 64-bit in our testing, once in a while the drive would dismount when the computer was coming out of sleep mode, resulting in the BSOD error.

Note that this didn't happen consistently, nor do I know if other capacities (the 120GB or the 60GB) would present the same issues. I also don't know if it would happen with other computers or just with the motherboard of our test machine, which is an Asus P8P67 Deluxe (Rev 3.0). Still, hopefully this will be fixed via a firmware update. For now, you can probably get away with not using the sleep mode since the drive helps the machine take a very short time (just 12 seconds) to boot up anyway.

Other than that, the drive did increase the computer's overall performance a great deal. It features the 9mm-thick 2.5-inch SATA standard and works in all applications where traditional hard dives are used. For more information, check out the full review of the Patriot Memory Pyro SSD.

About the author

CNET editor Dong Ngo has been involved with technology since 2000, starting with testing gadgets and writing code for CNET Labs' benchmarks. He now manages CNET San Francisco Labs, reviews networking and storage products, and also writes about other topics from online security to new gadgets and how technology impacts the life of people around the world.

 

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