Wednesday Patriot Memory launched its new line of Pyro 2.5-inch SSDs featuring an SATA 3 (III) 6 Gb/s interface and SandForce's SF-2281 controller. These two factors allow for sequential read speeds up to 550 MB/s and sequential write speeds up to 515 MB/s.
"The Patriot Memory Pyro will continue to aggressively expand on what consumers can expect out of performance class solid state drives," said William Lai, Patriot Memory’s Product Manager. "With near enterprise level performance by utilizing the new SandForce SF-2281, coupled with Patriot Memory's reputation, Pyro will deliver unmatched price per performance."
Patriot's Pyro arrives in three capacities: 60 GB, 120 GB and 240 GB. All three offer TRIM support, up to 85K 4K random write IOPS, and ships with the latest 3.1.9 firmware. So far additional information like pricing and actual availability is unknown.
Back in June, Patriot revealed another line of SATA 3 SSDs, the Wildfire series. Available in 120 GB and 240 GB capacities, these use the SandForce SF-2200 series controller and offer sequential read speeds up to 555 MB/s and sequential write speeds up to 520 MB/s. There's also a 480 GB version in the works, but Patriot currently has it labeled as "coming soon."
Given that the new Pyro SSDs are slightly slower than the current Wildfire drives, it's probably safe to assume that they're also somewhat cheaper. Currently the Wildfire 120 GB SSD retails for $299.99 and the Wildfire 240 GB SSD retails for $514.99 on Newegg.