The Patriot Memory Pyro performed decently in our testing and met our expectations considering the performance of the higher-tier and more expensive Wildfire. We tested the drive by copying a large amount of data both while using it as a secondary drive and while using it as the main (boot) drive of the test machine. In the former case, the drive can show its full throughput speed, and the latter represents what you'd see in normal daily usage.
When used as a secondary drive, the Pyro scored an average real-world copying speed of 190MBps, about 12MBps slower than the Wildfire. When used as the main and only drive of the test machine, the Pyro was slower, since it had to perform both reading and writing at the same time, and averaged 76.44MBps, which is once again about 12MBps slower than its big brother.
Nonetheless the drive helped speed up booting and shutdown for the test machine significantly compared with a traditional hard drive. On top of that we also noticed that applications, especially heavy ones such as games or Photoshop, took much less time to load.
In all, other than the sleep mode issue, we find the Pyro's performance makes it a worthy upgrade from any hard drive.
(Shorter bars indicate better performance)
(Longer bars indicate better performance)
|As secondary drive||As OS drive|
Service and support
Patriot backs the Pyro (like the Wildfire) with a three-year warranty, which is decent and standard for most SSDs, though not as generous as the five-year warranty of the OWC Mercury Extreme Pro 6G. On the company's Web site, there's a page dedicated to the drive with support-related information and firmware downloads.
The Patriot Memory Pyro offers decent data rates and helps improve a computer's overall performance significantly when used as the main drive hosting the operating system. Its rather high cost and some stability issues, however, make it a little hard for us to recommend it to everyone.