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Patriot WildFire SSD review: Mostly wild

CNET editor Dong Ngo's review of Patriot's WildFire solid-state drive.

The WildFire SSD from Patriot
The WildFire SSD from Patriot Dong Ngo/CNET

Of all SATA 3-based solid-state drives (SSDs) CNET has reviewed, the Patriot WildFire offers the wildest performance.

On the one hand, it didn't excel in file-transferring tests where we time how long a drive takes to copy files from one place to another. But on the other, it did much better with application performance than its peers. This singles the drive out from the rest and means that when used as the main drive that hosts an operating system and applications, the WildFire increases the overall performance by reducing the time needed for an application to load and finish certain tasks.

It's important to note that while its copy speed is comparatively slow among SSDs, it's still much faster than even the fastest hard drive. And, to make up for this minor drawback, the 2.5-inch WildFire also comes with a bay adapter to help it fit into any desktop computer.

Like most SSDs on the market, the WildFire's cost isn't for the faint of heart. At a street price of around $550 for the 240GB capacity and $315 for 120GB, the drive is significantly more expensive than any hard drive of the same capacity. Compared with other SSDs, however, its price is about average.

To find out if it's worth the investment, check out the full review of the Patriot WildFire SSD.