Patriot Wildfire 120GB review

Lightning-quick and affordable SSD – now with a stable controller

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Our Verdict

A stunning freshman effort from Patriot – extreme performance for the capacity makes this your new SSD of choice


  • Fastest write ops yet
  • Read performance almost as good
  • Fair price
  • Controller issues ironed out


  • Long-term use unclear

It's been a long time coming, but Patriot has finally released its own SandForce-based SSD, the performance-oriented Patriot Wildfire 120GB.

Like primary school kids vying for peer respect by racing up and down the school field, solid state drives (SSDs) are speed freaks. They're constantly trying to outdo one another at read/write performance, and occasionally falling over and grazing their figurative knees.

We say figurative, because when an actual primary school kid falls over and grazes their knee, parents don't announce a huge recall of nine year olds the way SSD manufacturers had to when it turned out the SandForce 2281 controller had gone awry.

With all that nasty business (hopefully) behind us, and new SSDs sporting a revised version of that particular controller, we can enjoy the speedy stuff without tears.

Tech Specs

Product TypeSolid State Drive
Product FamilyWildfire
Drive InterfaceSATA
Drive Width2.5"
Drive Interface StandardSATA/600
Brand NamePatriot Memory
Drive TypeInternal
Storage Capacity120 GB
Maximum Read Transfer Rate555 MBps
Maximum Write Transfer Rate520 MBps
Height99.1 mm
Width66 mm
Depth9.4 mm
ManufacturerPatriot Memory, LLC
Product ModelPW120GS25SSDR
Product NameWildfire MLC Solid State Drive
Product LineWildfire
Manufacturer Part NumberPW120GS25SSDR
Manufacturer Website Address
Marketing Information

Experience enterprise-class performance in your personal PC with the Patriot Wildfire series SSD powered by the latest SandForce SF-2200 processor. The Patriot Wildfire series shatters performance expectations with insanely-fast 500MB/s plus read and write speeds for ultra-quick responsiveness and instantaneous access to all your files and data. A SATA III 6.0 Gb/s connection interface enables the Patriot Wildfire series to achieve maximum performance without any bottlenecks while maintaining backwards compatibility with existing SATA II 3.0 Gb/s and SATA I 1.5 Gb/s interfaces. The versatile 2.5-inch form factor enables the Patriot Wildfire series to easily upgrade any desktop or notebook systems. An included 2.5-inch to 3.5-inch mounting bracket ensures desktop users can quickly slip a Patriot Wildfire series into your system for added installation flexibility. The Patriot Wildfire series are available in 120GB, 240GB and 480GB capacities to let you select the right amount of storage for your computing needs.

Weight (Approximate)118.3 g