Patriot Memory Pyro solid-state drive review: Patriot Memory Pyro solid-state drive

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.

Boot and shutdown time (in seconds)
(Shorter bars indicate better performance)
Shutdown  
Boot time  
Samsung 830 Series
6 
13.3 
Plextor PX-256M2S
6 
13.5 
SanDisk Ultra
7.2 
13.5 
Crucial M4
6.8 
13.7 
OCZ Vertex 3
5.8 
14.1 
OCZ Agility 3
6.7 
14.7 
Patriot Wildfire
7.5 
30 
WD VelociRaptor 600GB
7.9 
45.4 
WD VelociRaptor 300GB
12.2 
56.2 

Data transfer (in MB/s)
(Longer bars indicate better performance)
As secondary drive  
As OS drive  
Samsung 830 Series
261.63 
172.88 
Plextor PX-256M2S
261 
162.03 
OCZ Vertex 3
260.71 
150.01 
Crucial M4
235.51 
117.99 
OCZ Agility 3
207.75 
101.67 
Patriot Wildfire
202 
99.72 
Patriot Memory Pyro
190.01 
76.44 
Sandisk Ultra
96.4 
65.6 
WD VelociRaptor 600GB
126.33 
58.05 
Seagate Barracuda XT
115.71 
51.1 
WD VelociRaptor 300GB
112.59 
47.12 

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.

Conclusion
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.

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