Solid state drives have only truly been commercially available for a few years and in the beginning the performance differences between those early drives were minimal. SSD's have come a long way in terms of performance, capacity and price drops and the Patriot Wildfire 120GB is a testament to that.
The Patriot Wildfire 120GB proved to be a blistering fast competitor. The support for SATA-III and the drive's SandForce SF-2200 processor combined in the Wildfire to create a benchmark shredding drive. The Patriot Wildfire line is proof positive that SSD performance is constantly increasing and that an SSD upgrade can have a great impact on your system's performance, even if you are currently running an SSD that is only a generation or two old.
Initial MSRP for the 120GB variant of the Wildfire will be $299USD, a price that while definitely fair, will also firmly keep this drive out of the budget and mainstream markets for the time being. Pricing is in line with industry standards and is actually somewhat better than some of its closest competitors such as the OCZ Vertex 3 Max IOPS edition that is currently hovering around $310USD at the majority of online retailers.
The Wildfire made short work of our benchmarks posting some jaw-dropping performance numbers and even the little drive even surpassed its rated read performance. The truth of the matter is that with nearly double the performance of previous generation SATA II drives, the Wildfire provides a performance enhancement you can "feel", you don't need a benchmark to tell you that this drive is fast.
Whether you already own a solid state drive or are looking to finally ditch your physical HDD, the Patriot Wildfire would definitely serve you well and with multiple capacity offerings available at launch you are sure to find a drive to meet your needs.
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