Patriot Pyro 120GB Review (Page 10 of 10)

Page 10 - Conclusion

Reviews on the web say the Wildfire can burn to the Vertex, but can the Pyro outdo OCZ's Agility? With pretty much the same hardware under the hood -- SandForce's renowned SF-2281 controller, and 25nm Micron ICs from the same product line -- one should be able to expect the numbers to be intrinsically similar. However, unlike the faceoff between the G.SKILL Phoenix EVO 115GB and the OCZ Vertex 2 160GB 25nm earlier this year, it is clear to us capacity really does make a difference, at least in this particular case. The reason why I say this is because I have checked the results of the Patriot Pyro 120GB against the OCZ Agility 3 120GB, and they are, in fact, intrinsically similar. Simply put, 240GB drives are faster than 120GB drives in general. Of course, one can say this is a biased statement, because when I say "faster", it is only in a handful of tests. Therefore, I will clarify that the Patriot Pyro 120GB is usually within 5-10% of comparable 240GB drives most of the time; that is not to mention it probably won't make any significant differences in real life applications. But consider this: We benchmark for a reason. With that in mind, there is still one determining factor we have not covered in this review yet, and that is price. Price is almost always a crucial deciding factor when making purchases, so how does the Patriot Pyro 120GB compare to the OCZ Agility 3 120GB in this regard? At press time, the Pyro 120GB is about $185 after mail in rebate; whereas the Agility 3 is about $140, also after mail in rebate. Simply put, the choice is obvious. If you want something that performs almost identically but cheaper, get the OCZ Agility 3 120GB. If you like something that is better looking, and prefer Patriot over OCZ, then the Pyro 120GB is definitely a solid choice.

Patriot Memory provided this product to APH Networks for the purpose of evaluation.

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The Patriot Pyro 120GB is a fast SSD -- no doubt about that. But if slick looks can get you anywhere, the price is a bit steep compared to the competition at the time of writing this review.

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Page Index
1. Introduction and Specifications
2. A Closer Look, Installation, Test System
3. Benchmark: AIDA64 Disk Benchmark
4. Benchmark: ATTO Disk Benchmark
5. Benchmark: Crystal Disk Mark 3.0
6. Benchmark: HD Tach 3.0.1.0
7. Benchmark: HD Tune Pro 4.60
8. Benchmark: PassMark PerformanceTest 7.0
9. Benchmark: PCMark Vantage
10. Conclusion