Patriot Ignite M.2 SSD Review (480GB) – Single and RAID 0 Tested

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.

Patriot Ignite M2 Exterior Packaging Front

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.

Patriot Ignite M2 SSD Closer

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.

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Review Overview

SSD Build
Performance
Value and Availability
Warranty

M.2 SSD Value

The Patriot Ignite M.2 SATA 3 SSD is capable of decent performance with a 3 year warranty, highlighted by value that might be hard to find elsewhere for the M.2 form factor SSD family.

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6 comments

  1. LES, from what I’ve gathered the M.2 SSD’s overheat a lot, as compared to traditional 2.5 inch or PCIe (slot) drives, & as a result throttle from time to time. Is that more like a norm now or are there exceptions, talking particularly about drives that are close to the SM951 in terms of performance, especially considering there’s very little data on this topic of temperature &/or thermal throttling of M.2 drives from reputable sites like yours?

    • Can I ask where you are hearing this info on overheating? We have yet to have any drives overheat or throttle in testing. We like to think the 17-24 testing where The drive is filled and TRIM is constrained for several hours might cause such…but it hasn’t. We run several M.2 drives on a continual basis in our systems without any heat considerations at all.

      The difference between most PCIe and the notebook drives is they require a mechanism to get the heat to the exterior of the package to dissipate, whereas, the M.2 does not. Imagine running a race car without a hood.

      • Mostly on forums like AT, TPU, Toms et al. This is just for desktops btw, & most of’em were overclocked setups, so anecdotal or hearsay at best.

        I’d like to think in a non open bench system this would be more of a problem, since I don’t own any M.2 SSD myself I’ll just have to rely on word of mouth from fellow board members but there certainly have been complaints of overheating from many of them. As for thermal throttling IIRC only the latest models, like 850 EVO & some of the others, have this mechanism incorporated that actually throttles the drive under severe conditions viz high temperature.

        So to sum it up I’m just curious to know whether the extremely SFF & controller are responsible for this overheating/throttling phenomena or are the drives absorbing excess heat from the mobo &/or the CPU, GPU with the results varying greatly, depending on the individuals’ setup also their case airflow?

  2. HELLO , looking for this form SSD with more than 500 GB any words awhere to get those

    • Many people are – they do not exist (yet). My guess is that first designs are around six month away. Samsung said that they intend to make higher capacities (no details, just vague between the lines suggestion). BTW, Les was asked this a few times, but never commented, thus he also does not know who/when, etc.

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