Patriot Wildfire 120GB Solid State Drive

Posted by on Thursday, September 1, 2011 - 4:08pm

Patriot WildfireLike many of the other drives we have tested, the Wildfire is also pushing the read and write times significantly above the 500MB/s mark. In order to do this the Wildfire has taken advantage of the SandForce SF-2281 processor, as well as some pretty fast Toshiba NAND memory. The Wildfire is currently on the market in three different sizes which would be 120GB, 240GB and 480GB. We've been sent the 120GB model so follow along as we see just how raging this Wildfire is.

Introduction to the Patriot Wildfire 120GB Solid State Drive

Continuing with our tour of SATA III solid state drives we will we taking a look at a Patriot offering. Patriot currently offers two solid state drives that run on the SATA III bus, the Pyro and their top model Wildfire, both of which use one of the new SandForce controllers. Today's review will be focusing on the popular Wildfire.

Like many of the other drives we have tested, the Wildfire is also pushing the read and write times significantly above the 500MB/s mark. In order to do this the Wildfire has taken advantage of the SandForce SF-2281 processor, as well as some pretty fast Toshiba NAND memory. The Wildfire is currently on the market in three different sizes which would be 120GB, 240GB and 480GB. We've been sent the 120GB model so follow along as we see just how raging this Wildfire is.

Patriot’s take on the Wildfire SSD

Experience enterprise-class performance in your personal PC with the Patriot Wildfire series SSD powered by the latest SandForce® SF-2200 processor. The Patriot Wildfire series shatters performance expectations with insanely-fast 500MB/s plus read and write speeds for ultra-quick responsiveness and instantaneous access to all your files and data. A SATA III 6.0 GB/s connection interface enables the Patriot Wildfire series to achieve maximum performance without any bottlenecks while maintaining backwards compatibility with existing SATA II 3.0 Gb/s and SATA I 1.5 Gb/s interfaces. The versatile 2.5-inch form factor enables the Patriot Wildfire series to easily upgrade any desktop or notebook systems. An included 2.5-inch to 3.5-inch mounting bracket ensures desktop users can quickly slip a Patriot Wildfire series into your system for added installation flexibility. The Patriot Wildfire series are available in 120GB, 240GB and 480GB capacities to let you select the right amount of storage for your computing needs.


Features

  • SandForce SF-2200 series SSD processor paired with qualified MLC NAND flash for best performance, value and reliability
  • SATA 6Gb/s, 3Gb/s and 1.5Gb/s
  • TRIM support (O/S dependent)
  • DuraClass™ technology
  • DuraWrite™ extends the endurance of SSDs
  • Intelligent Block Management and Wear Leveling
  • Intelligent Read Disturb Management
  • Intelligent Recycling for advance free space management (Garbage Collection)
  • RAISE™ (Redundant Array of Independent Silicon Elements)
  • Intelligent Data Retention optimization
  • Best-in-class ECC protection for longest data retention and drive life.
  • Power/Performance Balancing
  • Thermal Threshold Management
  • Native Command Queuing (NCQ) - Up to 32 commands
  • ECC Recovery: Up to 55 bits correctable per 512-byte sector (BCH)
  • Sequential Read & Write Transfer:
    555MB/s read | 520MB/s Write
  • Max Random Write IOPS: Up to 85,000 (4K aligned)
  • O/S Support: Windows® XP / Vista / 7 / Mac® OS / Linux
  • Includes 3.5" bracket

Closer look

Patriot may not get all the talk that companies like Corsair and OCZdo  when it comes to solid state drives, but they are no newbie to the category. Patriot had great success when it came to the Torqx series, and we think they'll be adding further to it with the Wildfire. For many, the Torqx was one of the better drives on the market, something we feel the same about considering we've had one around the office for some time; still going strong.

Equipped with the newest SandForce SF-2281 controller the Wildfire 120 and 240GB models boast read and write times of 555MB/s and 520MB/s, respectfully. These numbers are far beyond that of any of the SATA II drives we have tested, even the OCZ RevoDrive PCIe SSD we were fortunate enough to get our hands on. Another number that Patriot is proud to throw out there is the IOPS count which would be 85k.

The Wildfire’s internals are protected by a flat-black colored metal enclosure, sporting a black, red and white sticker to point out the necessities. The rear of the drive (above) is where we find out all the fine details about the drive.

We would like to apologize for the following. We currently are not in possession of a Torx driver bit of the appropriate size to remove the four hex screws that secure the two halves of the Wildfire. But it is a proven fact the unit uses the SandForce SF-2281, just like the Corsair Force 3 and OCZ Agility 3 we reviewed. The NAND used in the Wildfire are from Toshiba and are of the 32nm MLC variety.


Test Hardware:
Motherboard: ASUS P67 Deluxe B3
Processor: Intel Core i5 2500K
Ram: Crucial 2133 4GB Dual Channel (9-9-9-24)
Video Card: ASUS Radeon HD 5870
HDD: Hitachi 1TB
Power: Thermaltake Tough Power XT 850 (Sponsored by Thermaltake)
Case: Open air
Cooling: Cooler Master Hyper 612 PWM

Results

HD Tune Pro 3.50
HD Tune Pro is an extended version of HD Tune which includes many new features such as: write benchmark, secure erasing, AAM setting, folder usage view, disk monitor, command line parameters and file benchmark.

ATTO Disk Benchmark
The ATTO Disk Benchmark performance measurement tool is compatible with Microsoft Windows. Measure your storage systems performance with various transfer sizes and test lengths for reads and writes. Several options are available to customize your performance measurement including queue depth, overlapped I/O and even a comparison mode with the option to run continuously. Use ATTO Disk Benchmark to test any manufacturers RAID controllers, storage controllers, host adapters, hard drives and SSD drives and notice that ATTO products will consistently provide the highest level of performance to your storage.

CrystalDiskMark 3.0
CrystalDiskMark is designed to quickly test the performance of your hard drives. Currently, the program allows to measure sequential and random read/write speeds. (Please note that the reason behind the "low" write speed is based on two things: First is the SandForce controllers using a writing technique that compresses the data, achieving higher write performance, and the second is CystalDiskMark benchmarks with already compressed data. These are essentially write speeds that one could expect with the transfer of large compressed archives or a compressed ISO.)


AIDA64 Extreme Edition 1.50
FinalWire Ltd. today announced the immediate availability of AIDA64 Extreme Edition 1.50 software, a streamlined diagnostic and benchmarking tool for home users; and the immediate availability of AIDA64 Business Edition 1.50 software, an essential network management solution for small and medium scale enterprises.
The new AIDA64 update implements AVX-optimized benchmarks for the upcoming Intel Sandy Bridge processors, adds a brand new video encoding benchmark, and supports the latest AMD and nVIDIA graphics processors.

AS SSD
The synthetic tests to determine the sequential and random read and write performance of the SSD. These tests are carried out without using the operating system caches. In Seq-test measures the program how long it takes to read a full 1 GB of file to write respectively. In the 4K test the read and write performance for random 4K blocks is determined. The 4K-64-THRD-test corresponds to the 4K procedure except that here distributes the read and write operations on 64 threads. This test should be SSDs with Native Command Queuing (NCQ) differences between the IDE operation mode where NCQ is not supported, and represent the AHCI mode. The additional compression test can measure the performance of the SSD as a function of compressibility of the data. This is especially the controllers that are used to increase the performance and life of the cell compression is important.
(Note: Like CDM, AS SSD's benchmark data is also compressed)

SiSoftware Sandra
We are pleased to announce the launch of SiSoftware Sandra 2011, the latest version of our award-winning utility, which includes remote analysis, benchmarking and diagnostic features for PCs, servers, mobile devices and networks. A year ago, SiSoftware released Sandra 2010 with full support for Windows 7; in the 18 months since the launch of Windows 7, more than ever before we have seen the line blur between PC and entertainment hubs. Two months ago we released a Blu-Ray benchmark, now we have added a brand-new Media Transcoding benchmark using the new Media Foundation of Windows 7. We have also added yet another benchmark (GP Cryptography) which allows direct comparison of CPU performance (using crypto instruction sets) and GPGPU/GPCPU/GPAPU performance.


Conclusion

Most of our testing shows the Wildfire solid state drives from Patriot is one of the fastest of the SATA III drives we've tested here at Pro-Clockers. This goes to show that you don’t have to be the larger manufacturer in order to put out one of the fastest drives available. Sharing the lead with Corsair’s Force3, the Wildfire is definitely worthy of being the operating drive in any performance-critical or gaming rig.

The Wildfire is no slug as it boasts transfer numbers of 555MB/s Read and 520MB/s Write. These numbers spells one of the fastest consumer based solid state drives on the market. Our tests didn’t quite see these numbers, sometimes due to the benchmark's compression, but in many of them it was the fastest drive tested.  

The Wildfire has a lot of technology built in it to make it the performer that it is. Two of the more important technologies like the DuraClass and DuraWrite to better use the ‘program cycles to the flash’ which result in durability, reliability and performance.

The 120GB of the Patriot Wildfire retailers for $299 before any rebates.

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