August 1, 2011 - 03:51 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
120GB is a nice spot for SSDs, enough space for an OS and limited programs but without forcing you to spend $500+. The Patriot Wildfire 120GB SSD SATA 6GB/s drive is $300, not the least expensive but certainly competitive with other similar drives, in price. As for performance, with the new SATA standard and a SandForce controller it seemed best matched against the OCZ Vertex III Max IOPS. Hi Tech Legion's testing showed the two to be running neck and neck in both performance and price. Competition that close will hopefully bring sales and discounts making both drives even more attractive.
"The Patriot Wildfire 120GB SSD claims to deliver enterprise-class performance on a home PC. The Patriot Wildfire 120GB SSD is equipped with the SandForce SF-2281 controller paired with 16 8GB Toshiba 32nm toggle mode NAND chips. Much like other next generation SandForce based SSDs, the Patriot Wildfire 120GB has DuraWrite technology, Windows 7 TRIM support and is 256-bit AES encryption capable. With a sequential read speed of 555MB/s and write speed of 520MB/s, as well as a max random write IOPS of 85,000, the Patriot Wildfire 120GB SSD is aimed squarely at enthusiasts who want raw speed and uncompromised performance."
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- Corsair Force III Solid State Drive @ Pro-Clockers
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