It is great to see Patriot come back into the solid state drive market. Like all things this brings more competition and more options to us the consumer. Patriot has picked a great a great controller in the new Phison S10 and matched it with Micron’s 16nm asynchronous MLC NAND.
This is the second drive we have reviewed that has used Phison’s S10 controller. The first was the Corsair Neutron XT. The Phison PS3110-S10 is a true quad-core controller, with three of its cores exclusively being used for flash management tasks like background garbage collection. You have end to end data protection between the controller, DRAM cache, and NAND chips. There is also a new Smart ECC technology which is new RAID ECC technology to recover uncorrectable errors. When a page is found faulty and flash ECC protection fails to recover the uncorrectable errors, the defective page will be reconstructed by the Smart ECC engine. This controller seems to be a great choice for many manufacturers.
When it comes to true sequential performance this drive is our highest performing drive so far in 2015! In ATTO Disk Benchmark it scored read and write scores of 563 MB/s and 542 MB/s respectively. The really speaks to the power of the Phison S10 controller and in sequential tests it typically beat out the Crucial Neutron XT drive. It did fall a little bit behind in 4K and IOPS testing so you are going to want to keep that in mind.
At the end of the day you are getting a really great performing drive at a great price. The 480 GB version that we reviewed today is selling at my favorite online retailer for $189.99, which makes it $0.39 per GB. Patriot also backs the drive with a 3-year warranty, although we would have liked to have seen a 5-year warranty like we saw on the other Phison S10-based drive we reviewed lately.
Overall ThinkComputers gives the Patriot Ignite 480GB Solid State Drive a 9 out of 10 score and our Recommended Award.
– Great sequential performance
– Great feature set of the Phison S10 controller
– Drive only, no extras
– Slower 4K and IOPS scores