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Written by Olin Coles   
Monday, 11 July 2011
Table of Contents: Page Index
Patriot Wildfire SF-2281 Solid State Drive
Closer Look: Patriot Wildfire SSD
Features and Specifications
SSD Testing Methodology
AS-SSD Benchmark
ATTO Disk Benchmark
CrystalDiskMark 3.0 Tests
Iometer IOPS Performance
EVEREST Disk Benchmark
PCMark Vantage HDD Tests
Patriot Wildfire SSD Conclusion

Patriot Wildfire SSD Conclusion

IMPORTANT: Although the rating and final score mentioned in this conclusion are made to be as objective as possible, please be advised that every author perceives these factors differently at various points in time. While we each do our best to ensure that all aspects of the product are considered, there are often times unforeseen market conditions and manufacturer changes which occur after publication that could render our rating obsolete. Please do not base any purchase solely on our conclusion, as it represents our product rating specifically for the product tested which may differ from future versions. Benchmark Reviews begins our conclusion with a short summary for each of the areas that we rate.

SandForce SSDs have taken the market by storm, which has helped companies like Patriot to expand their reach deep into the high-performance storage hardware segment. Not only are these SandForce-driven solid state drives extremely fast, but more importantly they're capable of SLC-level operational performance I/O and NAND durability. The Patriot Wildfire-series SSD builds from the powerful SandForce SF-2281 solid state processor, which brings innovation to the SSD industry by prolonging MLC NAND flash module lifetime and delivering RAID-like data redundancy. When one SandForce product is physically identical to another, the overall value depends on price, warranty, and customer support. If you're price shopping, a quick stroll through our Storage Section reviews will reveal how other SSD options compare.

Our performance rating considers how effective the Patriot Wildfire solid state drive performs in operations against direct competitor storage solutions. For reference, SandForce specifies the SF-2281 with 500 MB/s read and write, which Patriot increases to 555 MB/s read and 520 write maximum speeds for this SSD model. In our storage benchmark tests, the 120GB Patriot Wildfire Solid State Drive (model PW120GS25SSDR) performed at or above this speed, and many other SATA-based SSD's. Our test results proved the Patriot Wildfire was good for delivering 558/518 MBps peak read and writes speeds using ATTO Disk Benchmark SSD speed tests. Everest Disk Benchmark produced 483/458 MB/s, both of which trail beside the OCZ Vertex 3 Max IOPS Edition SSD.

The Patriot Wildfire SSD sent to us for testing is advertised to deliver 80,000 maximum combined IOPS, although it is unclear what tools and configuration were used to produce this particlar figure. Using a SandForce-provided configuration for our own Iometer operational performance tests, we used a queue depth of 32 outstanding I/O's per target that measured 73,661 combined IOPS performance. In this test, the formatted Patriot Wildfire SSD outperformed several other SandForce SF-2200 products and competed with the OCZ Vertex 3 Max IOPS Edition. In the 4K 32QD tests with AS-SSD and CrystalDiskMark, the Patriot Wildfire SSD continued to surpass most other competing SandForce SF-2281 storage solutions.

Solid State Drives are low-visibility products: you see them just long enough to install and then they're forgotten. Like their Hard Disk Drive counterparts, Solid State Drives are meant to place function before fashion. Anything above and beyond a simple metal shell is already more than what's expected in terms of the appearance. Patriot has created a back-to-basics look with the painted black finish on their Wildfire-series SSDs, a swift departure from the anodized red finish of their eye-catching Inferno SSD series. As solid state storage controllers become faster and more advanced, heat dissipation through the enclosure walls may demand that chassis designs become more beneficial than they previously needed to be. This isn't the case yet, and a metal chassis suits SandForce SSDs nicely.

Construction is probably the strongest feature credited to any solid state product line, and the Patriot Wildfire series is no exception. Solid State Drives are by nature immune to most abuses because of their architecture and technology, but the hard metal shell adds a superfluous level of protection. Offering a three-year product warranty, the Patriot Wildfire SSD series protects consumers if anything goes wrong with their purchase. If a Patriot SSD product does happen to fail during the 3-year warranty period, end-users can take advantage of free tech support by calling 1-800-800-9600 in the USA or completing a Patriot Customer Service Request Form. It's a good practice to first contact the retail outlet where the product was purchased for return authorizations, as they could possibly offer quicker turn-around times.

As of July 2011, the following models and prices were available:

Model Numbers: 120GB: PW120GS25SSDR and 240GB: PW240GS25SSDR
Price As Tested: 120GB: $310 and 240GB: $550

Based on the SandForce SF-2281 SSD processor, the Patriot Wildfire solid state drive delivers native TRIM garbage collection and basic SMART support with impressive 558 MB/s read transfer speed and nearly 74,000 IOPS. More importantly, SandForce DuraClass technology adds their proprietary RAISE and DuraWrite features not available to other SSDs, and the end result is a product that could last up to five times longer with less wear on NAND flash modules. While the Patriot Wildfire has offered impressive performance rivaling the OCZ Vertex 3 series and occasionally trailing the Max IOPS Edition SSD, the asking price is just a bit higher than both. Price notwithstanding, there's a lot of great features in the Patriot Wildfire that make it a worthwhile buy for both notebook and desktop computer users.

Pros:Benchmark Reviews Silver Tachometer Award for Quality Recognition

+ Outstanding 558/518 MBps read/write speed with ATTO
+ TCG OPAL security with 256-bit AES encryption
+ SandForce SF-2281 processor supports TRIM, SMART, and RAISE
+ DuraWrite technology extends NAND lifetime
+ Top-level enthusiast operational I/O performance
+ 3-Year Patriot product warranty support
+ 120/240GB high-speed SSD storage capacities
+ Lightweight compact storage solution
+ Resistant to extreme shock impact
+ Low power consumption may extend battery life

Cons:

- Patriot previously offered a five-year warranty
- Expensive enthusiast-level product

Ratings:

  • Performance: 9.75
  • Appearance: 8.75
  • Construction: 9.50
  • Functionality: 9.50
  • Value: 7.00

Final Score: 8.9 out of 10.

Quality Recognition: Benchmark Reviews Silver Tachometer Award.

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# RE: Patriot Wildfire SF-2281 Solid State DriveJeffery King 2011-07-11 23:13
Patriot used to offer 10 years warranty.....
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# PriceRobert Johnson 2011-07-18 00:20
Benchmark Reviews uses a five tier layer rating. The last one being value and Patriot shows their SSD prices are a bit too high. Warranty could also be better. Other than those two items it is a fine product.
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