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SSD - OCZ vs Patriot Pyro SE


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#1 jimlau

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Posted 07 April 2012 - 10:38 AM

Is there anyway for me to know which of the following 120GB SSD's is better? They are the same price:

1) OCZ Agility 3 AGT3-25SAT3-120G 2.5" 120GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)

2) Patriot Pyro SE PPSE120GS25SSDR 2.5" 120GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive

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#2 James Litten

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Posted 07 April 2012 - 10:59 AM

For normal use, they are pretty much identical because they both use the same 2nd generation SandForce controller. Probably the exact same firmware.

Here's a review of the Patriot's performance where they put it up against an OCZ Vertex 3 (which is almost identical in performance to the Agility 3).

http://www.xbitlabs.com/articles/storage/display/patriot-pyro-se.html

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Posted 07 April 2012 - 11:59 AM

As James said they are basically the same drive.

However the user reviews
for the Patriot look better, 86% 5 Eggs
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820220624&Tpk=PPSE120GS25SSDR

For the OCZ, 57% 5 Eggs
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820227726&Tpk=AGT3-25SAT3-120G

It would appear that the Patriot drive has better build quality. a 29% jump in the ratings.

For comparison the Samsung 128Gb SSD
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820147163

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#4 jimlau

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Posted 07 April 2012 - 01:52 PM

thanks.

i will have my SSD holding thousands of small audio files that need to be read quickly. is reading those static lists of files comsidered sequential or random?

also, if i have a 60GB SSD that contains these groups of files, and there will be NO writing on this drive, is it ok to fill it up, say 90%?

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Posted 07 April 2012 - 02:10 PM

MY feeling is that it doesn't matter since there are no spinning platters, and no read/write heads moving around or waiting for the data to arrive.

There is no need to defrag since the file access stays the same.
Also take note that a larger drive may perform better.

90% in that case should be fine. Just read the user reviews.

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Posted 07 April 2012 - 02:55 PM

Hi Jimlau

I didn't realize it was you posting here :)

For your situation you probably want something using that 2nd generation SandForce controller since it is very reliable as opposed to some of the better performing customized firmware on the other controllers.

You want to look at the various 'random reads' data for comparing which is best for you. Almost all the SandForce based drives will be very similar for this benchmark.

Filling the drive and then mainly reading from it is fine. It is erasing and writing that affect the lifetime of the drive most.

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Posted 08 April 2012 - 02:08 AM

I am usually reluctant to buy a OCZ SSD because of their firmware.

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Posted 09 April 2012 - 12:53 PM

Hi Jimlau

I didn't realize it was you posting here :)

For your situation you probably want something using that 2nd generation SandForce controller since it is very reliable as opposed to some of the better performing customized firmware on the other controllers.

You want to look at the various 'random reads' data for comparing which is best for you. Almost all the SandForce based drives will be very similar for this benchmark.

Filling the drive and then mainly reading from it is fine. It is erasing and writing that affect the lifetime of the drive most.

James


I think I'd still be tempted to get the Intel 520 series with the sandforce controller mainly for the 5 year warranty and the decent benchmarks.

The last review I saw mentioned that the 180 & 240Gb were faster than the smaller and larger drives.

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