Patriot has really proved once again that they can hang with the big boys when it comes to solid state drives. They did this with the Inferno drive and they have done it again with the Wildfire drive. It is not the single fastest 2.5-inch solid state drive that we have tested in ATTO Disk Benchmark with read and write speeds of 559MB/s and 514MB/s respectively. When you are thinking about solid state drives Patriot is one of the names that should come to mind.
This drive has a nice aluminum casing, which will protect the PCB inside. I like that Patriot did include the 2.5-inch mounting bracket and many older cases do not have mounting systems for 2.5-inch drives.
This is a SandForce-based drive so you do get the added features that the new SandForce SF-2200 controller offers. The drive will do real-time loss-less compression. This is why there is no need for a cache chip, but also means less writes to the data cells. RAISE (Redundant Array of Independent Silicon Elements) is a term we have heard a lot with these new drives. So on top of ECC for data protection RAISE adds another level of security. This drive also supports TRIM as almost all solid state drives do these days.
Again, as I said Patriot has really put out a great product here, I really cannot say anything bad about it. Right now you can pickup the 120GB Wildfire drive for $279.99 at my favorite online retailer, which does put it at the high end of the 120GB SATA 6GB/s solid state drives available, but it is the fastest one we have tested so far! Overall ThinkComputers gives the Patriot Wildfire 120GB 6Gb/s Solid-State Drive a 10 out of 10 score and our Editor’s Choice Award!
– Fastest 2.5-inch solid state drive we have tested
– 2.5-inch mounting bracket included
– 3 year warranty
– None that I found