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Patriot Pyro SE 120GB SSD Review

While the Pyro SE is exactly the size of any 2.5” SATA SSD drive and very similar to the majority of SSDs, the body is unlike anything we have ever seen. Patriot crafted the entire body out of two solid aluminum sheets, creating a fully metallic drive which is at the very least much better looking than most SSD drives currently available.

Patriot also beveled the top edge of the drive, enhancing the aesthetic appearance of the drive even further.

On the bottom plate of the drive, Patriot installed a large sticker with the necessary barcodes, serial numbers, firmware revision number, part number and other basic information about the drive. Two large warranty stickers are also present, one at each side of the drive.

We cracked open the aluminum body of the Patriot and there it was, the classic green PCB of the SSD drive. Eight flash memory chips can be seen to the right  and the controller is on the left side of the PCB, towards the connectors.

Exactly like Patriot advertises, the Pyro SE is being driven by a Sandforce SF-2281 controller; by far the most popular controller for high end consumer drives during the past year.

The Pyro SE is the fastest consumer SSD drive Patriot currently offers and so we expected to find synchronous NAND flash memory chips inside the drive. We were not disappointed as the chips, #29F64G08CBAA0-12A supplied by Micron, were indeed high speed synchronous NAND flash memory.

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