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Patriot P300 (Regional) 1TB NVMe SSD Review

Rating: 7.5.

The P300 is Patriot’s latest NVMe drive, with the company hoping this SSD will be able to grab a share of the highly lucrative entry-level NVMe market segment. Using a Silicon Motion controller, and coming in a little over £110, is Patriot onto a winner?

There are two versions of the P300, the US (Phison PS5013-E13T controller) and Regional (Silicon Motion SM2263XT controller) and all versions use 96-layer 3D TLC NAND. Five models make up the P300 product lines; 128GB, 256GB, 512GB, 1TB (Patriot supplied us with a Regional version for review) and the flagship 2TB drive.

Sequential performance for the 1TB unit is stated as up to 2,100MB/s for reads and up to 1,650MB/s for writes. The entry model 128GB drive is rated as up to 1,600MB/s for reads and 600MB/s for writes. The 256GB and 512GB drives share the same 1,700MB/s read figure with the 256GB drive rated as up to 1,100MB/s for writes and the 512MB/s, a 100MB/s faster at 1,200MB/s. The flagship 2TB model shares the same Sequential read/write figures as the 1TB drive.

The 1TB drive is rated as up to 290,000 IOPs for random reads while writes are up to 260,000 IOPS. In fact, all five drives in the P300 line-up have the same 290,000 IOPS figure while the 256GB, 512GB and 2TB drive share the 260,000 IOPS figures. The 128GB drive makes do with a write 4K figure of up to 150,000K.

Power figures for the 1TB drive are 2.28W full speed and 0.38W for Idle.

The official endurance rating for the 1TB drive is 320TB TBW and Patriot back the drive with a 3-year warranty.

Physical Specifications:

  • Usable Capacities: 1TB.
  • NAND Components: 96-Layer 3D TLC NAND.
  • NAND Controller: Silicon Motion SM2263XT (4-channel).
  • Cache: DRAMless (uses HMB (Host Memory Buffer) technology).
  • Interface: PCIe Gen3 NVMe 1.3.
  • Form Factor: M.2 2280.
  • Dimensions: 80 x 22 x 3mm.
  • Drive Weight: 9g.

Firmware Version: T0214B0L

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