Patriot. A name I haven’t heard in quite some time. Years ago we reviewed a steady stream of their products, then they seemed to vanish from view to focus solely on mobile accessories. While the recent shift back may only be a cautious toe in the water today we look at their latest Solid State Drive, dubbed the ‘Ignite’. On a side note, the company have ditched the Sandforce controller, opting for a Phison controller.
The Patriot Ignite 480GB is a SATA 6Gb/s SSD and is the flagship model in a range of three drives the company are selling right now. The lower cost Blaze and Torch incorporate the Phison S9 controller while the Ignite ships with the higher grade Phison S10 controller. We think someone within the Patriot leadership must be suffering from Pyromania.
Interestingly the Ignite we are looking at today is only offered in two capacities – 480GB and 960GB. If you want a smaller drive from Patriot, then you will need to get a Blaze or Torch.
The Ignite is rated at up to 560MB/s sequential read and 545MB/s sequential write. 4k random read is rated to 80K IOPS and 4k random write up to 75K IOPS. As we would expect it has full support for TRIM, NCQ and incorporates intelligent advanced wear leveling and ECC recovery. There is also AES 256 bit Encryption support.
The drive has a 3 year warranty with a MTBF rating of 2,000,000 hours.
Patriot Ignite 480GB Features:
- Operating Temperature – 0° ~ 70°C
- Native Command Queuing (NCQ) – Up to 32 commands
- ECC Recovery: Up to 115bits/2KB
- MTBF: 2,000,000 hours
- 4K Aligned Random Read: 80K IOPs
- 4K Aligned Random Write: 75K IOPs
- Sequential Read & Write Transfer:
Up to 560MB/s Read | 545MB/s Write (*Based on ATTO)
- O/S Support: Windows® XP / Vista / 7 / 8 / Mac® OS / Linux
- DRAM Cache: 480GB = 512MB | 960GB = 1024MB
- SATA3 6Gbps/SATA2 3Gbps
- TRIM support (O/S dependent)
- End-to-end data path protection (ETEP)
- Advanced wear-leveling
- Advanced Garbage Collection
- Smart ECC
- Smart Refresh