Patriot Pyro SE 120GB SSD Review

👤by David Mitchelson Comments 📅14-03-12
Closer Look

The exterior design of Pyro SE is pretty much the same as Pyro. The drive has a rough surface texture with a label on the front specifying the capacity, size and speed.


Spinning the SSD over – the back has a label too. This contains the serial number and technical details regarding the standards adhered to.

The reverse of Pyro SE

The next step is to show the internal PCB. Opening an SSD or any drive should be done at the user’s risk. Opening up an SSD voids the warranty.

Pyro SE series is powered by the 2nd Generation SandForce SF-2281 controller – the same found in the standard Pyro. Pyro SE makes use of 16x 25nm MLC NAND synchronous flash memory and is SATA 3 – 6GB/s, giving read/write speeds over 500MB/s.

So what is the difference with Pyro and Pyro SE? Well the SE uses premium synchronous NAND flash whilst the original Pyro features asynchronous memory modules. Pyro SE should deliver better performance overall but with that comes a higher price-tag so there is still a place for Pyro – especially if you are on a tighter budget.

SF-2281 delivers native TRIM support for garbage collection and Native Command Queuing (NCQ) with 32 commands with DuraClass.

Pyro SE 120GB PCB

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