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Benchmarks: File Copy Test

The Patriot Pyro 120GB was surprisingly slow in our 6GB ISO file test with an average transfer speed of 90.8MB/s, or a tad faster than the Kingston SSDNow V+ 100. However, by adding a second drive and enabling RAID0 we were able to boost the throughput by almost 60%.

At 144.5MB/s, the Pyro RAID0 configuration matched the performance of the Intel SSD 510 and Crucial m4 drives while it is still slower than the Vertex 3 and HyperX. Despite the significant improvement over a single drive, the throughput in this test is still a little disappointing.

The program copy test is comprised of many small non-compressed files (6104 files totaling 2.75GB). One Pyro averaged 91.5MB/s, which is similar to what we saw when running our single 6GB file test. Adding a second drive only boosted speeds by an underwhelming 40%.

As evidenced in the graph, the Pyro 120GB in RAID0 was only able to deliver the same performance as a single Intel SSD 320 or SSD 510 drive while it was still slower than the Crucial m4 and much slower than the Vertex 3 and HyperX drives. An unexpectedly disheartening result.

The last file copy test which we call our "game" test uses a mixture of small and large, compressed and non-compressed files. Here a single Patriot Pyro 120GB drive averaged 104.7MB/s which again only made it slightly faster than the Kingston SSDNow V+ 100.

Adding a second Pyro drive for the RAID0 configuration boosted performance by a 44% margin to 151.1MB/s. Once again, despite this relatively large performance boost the Pyro was only able to match the performance of the Intel SSD 510 and SSD 320 drives.