Patriot Wildfire 120GB Solid State Drive

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.

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