Patriot has been in the business to provide high-performance and enthusiast level PC components. Their bread and butter was RAM, for the most part, in the beginning. Catering to the PC enthusiasts of the world. The last few years they have been working on some pretty fantastic mobile accessories like the FUEL iON and OTG drives. Along side that Patriot has been making high-performance SSD’s (Solid State Drives) for consumers. The previous lines offered names like the Blaze, Torch and Pyro. Each model was better than the last, as are most product lines. This year at CES 2015 they unveiled the new Patriot Ignite SSD’s which push the speeds and storage capacity up to the demanding needs of PC users around the world. Today I will take you on a tour and experience review using their new Ignite SSD line.
This review is from an average consumers point of view
The Ignite line comes in two capacities, a 480GB and a 960GB variant. Both offer the same speeds and 2.5″ form factor. In this review we will go over the 480GB drive that I was fortunate enough to get my hands on for this review.
In the box:
You won’t find a lot in the box other than the drive. There aren’t any extra SATA cables, install software, cloning tools or other premium attachments to increase the packaging size or inflate the price. You get the drive and a some basic installation instructions.
Specifications and features:
- Phison S10 Series SSD Processor paired with qualified MLC NAND flash for best performance value and reliability
- 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
- 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
The listed specifications sound pretty impressive. When I compare them against some of the other brands on the market that are at or near the same capacity, like the Samsung 850 EVO 500GB, we see that the listed specs for the Ignite are slightly higher in both read and writes but slightly lower in 4K random read and write IOPs.
To test out the drive I ran a few programs to see what numbers it would return. The test system is my primary PC which is a Window 7 Ultimate 64-bit operating system with an Intel i7-4770k processor (stock clock), 16GB of Patriot Viper RAM, MSI Z87-G45 OC motherboard, MSI GTX 760 OC GPU and a 1000w BFG power supply. The first program I ran after installing and cloning my primary drive was Crystal Disk Mark. First test was when I received it, the second test was after just over a month, while doing other things.
The third test I ran was with Anvil’s Storage Utility
The results were pretty outstanding to me and validated Patriots claims on the drives performance. There is also the case of updating the Windows Performance Index on the PC too. The addition of the drive took this PC from 5.9 to 7.9. Giving my system a lot of top end numbers as the WPI tops out at 7.9.
This is the first SSD I have used in real life so I won’t compare it, in numbers, to any other drives on the market. Doing a little research on some of the more prolific review sites, overclockers.com who have data base’s of comparison charts, I saw that the Patriot Ignite did indeed outperform many of the competitions. They even remarked that it out performed, in many cases, the specification outlined by Patriot. I don’t know about you, but I would rather a company play safety with specs and then be pleasantly surprised when its better, then to give specs at perfect conditions that most users never have available.
Real world use:
Benchmark tests and numbers are nice, but they can differ between machines. Under perfect conditions the drive can perform faster I am sure. I would also imagine a clean install of the OS versus cloning my slimmed down system might have changed things a little. In the end it is the real world feeling and of how it performs that matters the most. I took my drive upgrades in steps. Rather than going straight from a basic drive to a solid state I went to the Seagate 4TB SSHD (Solid State Hybrid Drive). It offered a speed bump but gave me a ton of storage over the previous stock drive in my old PC. This choice last year gave me the chance to upgrade this year to the 480GB SSD and switch the Seagate drive to internal storage only.
After cloning the primary partition with Acronis TrueImage 2014, which was a very painless process, I immediately saw a huge improvement. My average boot time dropped to 3 – 5 seconds. I didn’t physically time it, but nearly as soon as I hit the power button I was on the desktop screen. You will notice that your installed applications will launch dramatically quicker and bouncing through things will be effortless. My primary reason for wanting an SSD came down to gaming though. Knowing that a faster drive would load my games much quicker. I play a lot of Battlefield 4 and on the first launch, and all launches after, I noticed it took much less time to get into the game than before. Often times my squad would already be on the battlefield and heading to objectives before I ever had a chance to click deploy.
I have been using the Ignite 480GB SSD since the day it arrived on February 5th. The first week I experienced a few small issues, but none that I would attribute to the drive. During some Battlefield Hardline Beta gaming the GeForce driver crashed out on me a few times. A simple uninstall and reinstall of the driver seemed to solve the issue permanently. I equated it to the cloning process and the driver itself with the beta.
Do I recommend the Patriot Ignite 480GB SSD?
I whole heatedly do. An SSD will breathe new life into your PC much like more RAM does. I see no point in buying one that is smaller than your current drive. For instance, if you have a 500GB drive now, you should stick to the same size or larger. Trying to condense what you think is important and can benefit from the SSD speeds is a pain in the butt.
The Patriot Ignite 480GB SSD originally launched at a very middle of the road price tag of $215.00, but has since been adjusted to keep with the market prices. Currently the drive is selling for $189.99 on Amazon.com and Newegg.com. If 480GB isn’t enough space then you can jump up to the Ignite 960GB drive, but expect a steep increase in price as they are going for $369.99 , which is down from the launch price of $405.