For our power consumption testing, we have the drive connected to the system as a secondary drive. To record the wattage, we use an Amprobe AM-270 multimeter connected in line with the 5v power on our SATA power cable to the drive. The multimeter records the min/max amperage draw from the drive over our testing period.
We also record the drive’s sequential and random read and write power draw using Iometer. We then take the values recorded and calculate the wattage of the drive. Some of the results may seem high compared to a standard notebook HDD because as these are peak values under load. When we see average power draw, SSDs are still more power efficient because they only hit max power for a short period of time.
The 480GB Patriot Ignite’s power consumption is rated for 2.61W read, 5.54W write, and 0.6W idle. In our testing we found that while at idle the Ignite did much better than its rating and only consumed 0.275W. Sequential read followed and consumed less than the rated spec at 2.31W, however, once we ran sequential writes the drive started to consume 5.690W. This is only 150mW over rated specs which is okay, but then we saw a max draw of 6.02W. With this and lack of DevSleep support, the Ignite is definitely not a great option for those with Ultrabooks or mobile platforms where every bit of juice counts.
REPORT ANALYSIS AND FINAL THOUGHTS
Thinking back to our briefing with Patriot at CES, I have to admit that getting that first look Patriot Ignite was refreshing as it’s the first new high-end SSD that Patriot has released in a while. We definitely had high hopes as the Phison S10 controller brings a lot to the table. Based on our results, we are definitely getting a new look at asynchronous SSD performance, just not enough unfortunately to lift the Patriot Ignite from the mid-tiered SSD category. Lack of DEVSLP and the 3 year warranty is also what we typically see with this caliber of SSD.
As much as we have definitely seen an amazing improvement in asynch NAND performance with Micron’s newest 16nm design, the difference in NAND types became evident in PCMark 8 testing. While high sequential speeds in benchmarks paint a picture of great performance, lower 4K speeds with incompressible data and underwhelming PCMark results paint another for real world usage.
On the flip side once again, we are able to see just how far performance has increased from previous generations of asynchronous NAND SSDs. Never would we have thought this drive would be able to achieve the read and write numbers it is rated for with incompressible data, nor would we have expected to see 100K IOPS read performance out of it! Not many SSDs can hit that 100K mark, let alone with asynchronous NAND!
While the Ignite may not perform as well as those few big dogs, it is still a fairly solid offering, especially when you consider that Patriot has been out of the SSD game for a while. Alas, the Ignite also contains many error correcting features along with end-to-end data path protection to aid in data reliability, and it does have AES 256-bit encryption to top that off, unlike many others.
Based upon our impressions and testing results from the Patriot Ignite, we award it our Bronze Seal!