Patriot Pyro 120GB SandForce SF-2281 SSD Review

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Patriot Pyro 120GB – Real World Tests

One of the most common operations performed on a PC is moving/copying files. Using a free application called Teracopy, we copied large numbers of two file types from one folder to another on the same drive. Teracopy allows us to objectively measure the time of transfer and using the same drive prevents other devices from tainting the outcome. The operation requires the drive to perform both sustained read and writes simultaneously. The first set of files is a 5GB collection of JPG’s of variable size and compression levels with a few movie (.MOV) files thrown in for good measure since most cameras now take video as well as stills.

Patriot Pyro 120GB JPG Copy

The second is a collection of MP3 files of various sizes which totals 5GB collectively. These file types were chosen due to their wide use and mixture of file sizes and compression levels.

Patriot Pyro 120GB MP3 COPY

Install Results: The performance here by the Patriot Pyro really illustrates the lesser performance on the sequential read/writes with incompressible data. These media files are largely compressed which really impacts performance on the SandForce drives and it shows here on the Pyro times.

Patriot Pyro 120GB FILECOPY CHART

We also timed the installation of a few rather lengthy applications/suites as app installs is something everyone does and waiting for completion can be a drag. We used Adobe Dreamweaver CS5, Microsoft Office 2010 Professional and Futuremark’s 3DMark Vantage (v1.102.1901) as our test subjects with all install settings at default. Both were installed from an installer located on the target drive itself as installing from another drive, especially an optical drive, would cause a bottle-neck that would corrupt the results. The timing for these had to be done via stopwatch so there should be about a half second +/- error margin. Again, with the source and target drives being the same, concurrent read/write activity is required.

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Patriot Pyro 120GB APP CHART

Install Results: Install times were surprisingly good in comparison to the other drives where the Pyro bested most of the drives in the comparison chart.

We’ll wrap this with a look at the total drive capacity and our final thoughts.

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