Internals, Testing Methodology and System Setup


After removing the tiniest socket head cap screws I’ve ever seen, here are the guts:

The Pyro (above) employs Intel 25nm IMFT ONFi flash – TSOP packaging.

The Wildfire employs Toshiba 32nm Toggle-mode flash – BGA packaging.

Looking underneath, we see that Toshiba likes to cram more dies into their packages, meaning that only 8 packages are needed to make up the 120GB Wildfire. In reality, it’s likely that Patriot can purchase the IMFT flash for less than half the cost per TSOP at that lower capacity point.

Testing Methodology

Our tests are a good mix of synthetic and real-world benchmarks. PCMark, IOMeter, HDTach, HDTune, Yapt and our custom File Copy test round out the selection to cover just about all bases. If you have any questions about our tests just drop into the Storage Forum and we’ll help you out! 

Test System Setup

We’re breaking in a new Sandy Bridge test bed. Necessary for properly testing these new drives, even with the known issues. To get around this, we are using only the Intel SATA 6Gb/sec ports, which are known to not exhibit the inconsistent performance / connectivity issues. 

PC Perspective would like to thank ASUS, Corsair, and Kingston for supplying some of the components of our test rig. 

Hard Drive Test System Setup
CPU Intel Core i5-2500K
Motherboard Asus P8Z68-V Pro
Memory Kingston HyperX 4GB DDR3-2133 CL9
Hard Drive G.Skill 32GB SLC SSD
Sound Card N/A
Video Card Intel® HD Graphics 3000
Video Drivers Intel
Power Supply Corsair CMPSU-650TX
DirectX Version DX9.0c
Operating System Windows 7 X64
  • PCMark05
  • Yapt
  • IOMeter
  • HDTach
  • HDTune
  • PCPer File Copy Test


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