Patriot Wildfire 120GB
Patriot offers SSDs that use the older Serial ATA II interface, as well as the newer Serial ATA III interface
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Data transfer rate: 205.21MB/sec seq read, 191.50MB/sec seq write
Form factor: 2.5-inch
Interface: Serial ATA
Patriot offers a wide range of SSDs which includes drives that use the older Serial ATA II interface, as well as the newer Serial ATA III interface. That said the firm's Serial ATA III line currently consists of only two different ranges; the Wildfire and the Pyro. On the other hand the firm's Serial ATA II line comprises four different SSD ranges.
The Wildfire line is available in three different capacities - 120GB, 240GB and 480GB and each of the drives offers TRIM support, makes use of the high-performance Sandforce SF-2200 series of SSD processors and is paired with Toshiba 32nm NAND flash memory.
Putting the 120GB drive through its paces we came away quite impressed. Its PCMark Vantage HDD overall score of 35,374 was the second highest in this test. Moving to AS SSD the drive managed the second highest AS SSD sequential read speed at 167.69MB/sec, while its 205.21MB/sec sequential write performance was faster than the Corsair Force Series GT drive, which is also reviewed in this grouptest on page 18.
The only problem is with a capacity of 120GB and a price tag of US $369 the Patriot is the most expensive SSD drive here. It asks a staggering $3.08 per gigabyte.
That said, the drive is covered by a three-year warranty so you have a degree of long term peace of mind.