REPORT SUMMARY AND FINAL THOUGHTS
When Patriot contacted us to first speak of the Patriot Ignite M.2 SATA 3 SSD, we were surprised as 3rd party manufacturers typically sit back until the dust settles to determine whether the manufacturing of a certain SSD is viable. Kudo’s to Patriot for taking that step. The Ignite M.2 marks a definite step forward in SSD technology and, as we stated at the beginning of this article, not many would have ever believed one could fit 8500 hours of music on a storage device smaller than a stick of gum.
The performance of the Ignite M.2 SSD demonstrates read data transfer rates around the 560MB/s mark which is everything that one might expect, however, write performance is a bit lower in the 320MB/s range. Will that matter to the typical user? Not in the least… In fact, most would be surprised to learn that they might ever only reach that top write speed less than .5% of the time in their normal use. The magic of the SSD first and foremost, is the dramatic disk access increase, followed only then by transfer speeds which are (at least for the most part) looked at most often by those media professionals that understand their exact task at hand. The typical user could never decipher between this and the Intel 750 NVMe SSD we just reviewed previously, at least in every day use.
There is another point which merits mention and that is the price point chosen by Patriot. The Patriot Ignite M.2 SSD comes in at a price most would never expect for such a new technology and we see it just over .50/GB for the 480GB size priced at$242. Patriot definitely considered value when marketing this SSD and felt that asynchronous memory as a value point was the right step. For those building PCs or fortunate enough to have laptops that use an M.2 SSD, the Patriot Ignite is a is worthy of consideration as a first choice, or laptop replacement.