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Patriot Wildfire 240GB SSD review

  • Patriot Wildfire 240GB SSD
  • Patriot Wildfire 240GB SSD
  • Patriot Wildfire 240GB SSD

Verdict:

Occasionally impressive performance, but it’s too expensive compared to its rivals

Review Date: 2 Jul 2012

Price when reviewed: £258

Supplier: http://www.pixmania.co.uk

Reviewed By: Mike Jennings

Our Rating 3 stars out of 5

The tide has turned when it comes to SSD prices, and Patriot's 240GB Wildfire drive tips the scales at £258. That equates to £1.07 per gigabyte, which is relatively high when a lot of SSDs are now much less than £1 per gigabyte.

An SSD must be a high-performer to convince us to part with that kind of money but, unfortunately, the Wildfire doesn't impress. Its result of 198MB/s in the large-file write test is a lot less than we expect to see, but its small-file write score of 83MB/s is average.

Thankfully, its file reading performance is better. The Wildfire's large-file read test score of 386MB/s is outstanding, and its small-file read result of 62MB/s is also a fine result, being very close to that scored by the Ultimate-award-winning Corsair Performance Series Pro.

Patriot Wildfire 240GB SSD

Sadly, it doesn’t come with a 2.5in to 3.5in bracket or data migration software, which means you’ll have to buy accessories if your case isn’t lucky enough to have the relevant mounts or you want to transfer existing data. Its three-year warranty is standard, but some other SSDs offer five-year warranties should you require greater peace of mind.

The Patriot Wildfire’s combination of inconsistent performance and high price makes it a drive that, despite good read results, we can't whole-heartedly recommend. The Corsair Performance Series Pro is cheaper and provides better performance.

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