Patriot WildFire SSD review: Patriot WildFire SSD

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CNET Editors' Rating

3.5 stars Very good
  • Overall: 7.0
  • Design: 8.0
  • Features: 6.0
  • Performance: 7.0
  • Service and support: 8.0
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The Good The 2.5-inch laptop Patriot WildFire solid-state drive (SSD) comes with a drive-bay converter so it can also fit in a 3.5-inch (desktop) drive bay. It supports SATA 3 (6Gbps) and offers a huge improvement over traditional hard drives.

The Bad The Patriot WildFire is expensive and takes a long time to be formatted. Its data transfer speed is comparatively slow.

The Bottom Line The Patriot WildFire offers significant performance gain on any computer at a premium cost.

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The standard 2.5-inch laptop Patriot WildFire is the second SSD we've seen that's also desktop-friendly, thanks to the included drive-bay converter. Supporting the latest SATA 3 (6Gbps) standard, the drive offers fast performance compared to regular hard drives. Compared with other SSDs, however, its copy speeds were relatively slow in our tests.

The Patriot WildFire's cost is on par with most other SSDs, meaning that it's very expensive in terms of cost per gigabyte, at around $550 for 240GB (or $315 for the 120GB version). If you can afford that, you won't be disappointed and will definitely benefit from the performance gain. Make sure, however, to also check out other SATA 3-based SSDs we have reviewed . Chances are you'll be able to find one among them that is more affordable or offers better performance, or both.

Design and features

Drive type 2.5-inch solid-state
Connector options SATA 3Gbps, SATA 6Gbps
Available capacities 120GB, 240GB
Product dimensions 9.5 mm, 2.5-inch standard
Capacity of test unit 240GB
OSes supported Windows, Mac, Linux

The Patriot WildFire comes in the standard 2.5-inch, 9mm-thick design. This means it will work with most, if not all, situations where a regular hard drive of the same design would be used, such as inside a laptop computer. On top of that, the WildFire also includes a converter to make it fit into a drive bay made for the 3.5-inch standard hard drive, such as one found in desktop computers. This is similar to the case of the OCZ Vertex 3. Other than the fact that this is an SSD, the Patriot WildFire works just like any traditional hard drives of the same standard.

The drive supports the latest SATA 3 (6Gbps) standard but also works with the popular SATA 2 (3Gbps) standard. To get the most out of it, obviously, you're recommended to use it with the former.

When used with a computer with a SATA 2 controller, however, the drive also showed a significant performance improvement in our trials. Like some other 240GB SSDs, the Patriot WildFire took a long time--about 5 minutes--to be quick-formatted. While 5 minutes isn't very long, it's much longer than just a few seconds it takes hard drives and other SSDs.

Cost per gigabyte
The Patriot WildFire costs about the same most as other SATA 3 SSDs on the market. At $550 for $240GB, or around $2.29 per gigabyte, it's about the same price as the Vertex 3. There are some that are more affordable, such as the Crucial M4, which is around $1.72 per gigabyte, or the OCZ Agility 3, which is around $1.96 per gigabyte. Compared with traditional hard drives, however, the Patriot WildFire is still very expensive; most hard drives cost just a few cents per gigabyte.

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Patriot Wildfire SSD (240GB)

Part Number: CNETPW240GS25SSDR
MSRP: $549.00 Low Price: $653.82 See all prices

Quick Specifications See All

  • Form Factor 2.5"
  • Hard Drive Type internal hard drive
  • Interface Type Serial ATA-600
  • Capacity 240 GB
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.