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Patriot Wildfire 120 GB SSD Review
Author: Henry Butt 26,462 views
Type: Reviews Last Updated: September 13, 2011
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Introduction
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In the past few months, the number of SATA-600 solid state drives on the market has increased substantially. So there is now more choice than ever if you’re looking to upgrade your computer with a performance SSD. We believe that 120 GB SSDs offer the best compromise between price and capacity as you can combine them with a traditional mechanical hard drive to provide storage capacity for media files and documents. In this review we will be analysing the new Patriot Wildfire 120 GB SSD. Check it out!


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Figure 1: Patriot Wildfire 120 GB SSD

Before proceeding, we highly suggest that you read our Anatomy of SSD Units tutorial which provides all the background information you need to know about SSDs. All SSDs featured in this review use MLC memory chips.

The Patriot Wildfire 120 GB SSD comes with a 3.5”-to-2.5” adapter, so you can install it even if your case doesn’t have a 2.5” bay.


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Figure 2: Patriot Wildfire 3.5” Adapter

In the table below, we are comparing the Patriot Wildfire SSD with the two comparison drives we will be using, the Corsair Force 3 and the Force GT. All three units use a SATA-600 interface and occupy the standard 2.5” form factor. The Wildfire is supplied with an adapter that lets you use it with 3.5” drive mountings.

In the table below, we are comparing both of the units that we’re going to review. Both units use a SATA-300 interface and occupy the standard 2.5” form factor. The two drives include the same bundle, which is comprised of a 3.5” adapter for the drive and the required screws.

Manufacturer Model Model # Capacity Price
PatriotWildfire PW120GS25SSDR 120 GB USD 270
Corsair Force 3 CSSD-F120GB3 120 GB USD 195
Corsair Force GT CSSD-F120GBGT 120 GB USD 225

We researched the prices at Newegg.com on the day that we published this review. In the table below, we provide a more in-depth technical comparison between the two drives. Most chip manufacturers don’t detail the specifics of their chips on their websites, so we are only linking to those we found.

Model Controller Buffer Memory
Patriot Wildfire Sandforce SF-2281 NAToshiba TH58TAG6D2FBA49 (16 x 8 GB)
Corsair Force 3 Sandforce SF-2281 NA Micron 29F64G08CBAAA (16 x 8 GB)
Corsair Force GT Sandforce SF-2281 NA Micron 29F64G08CBAAB (16 x 8 GB)
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