Patriot Pyro and Wildfire SSD Review - IMFT Async vs. Toshiba Toggle-mode Flash
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.
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|
|Video Card||Intel® HD Graphics 3000|
|Power Supply||Corsair CMPSU-650TX|
|Operating System||Windows 7 X64|
- PCPer File Copy Test
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