The super performance SSDs are easy to review. People spending big money are looking for reliability, and the highest performance - winner takes all. The mainstream budget drives pull in a different crowd, where "bang for your buck" means more than just a performance crown. The Patriot Blaze 240GB is clearly in the second category, where shoppers still need reliability, but where performance takes a back seat to cost.
The mainstream value category is currently filled with products from several manufacturers. Patriot has a good name for support and reliability; the company has played in the SSD market for several years now. For the last couple of years, Patriot has been quiet, but continued to sell SF-2281 controlled products that hit the market with the initial burst of second-generation SandForce products.
Sadly, none of that means a lot for the Patriot Blaze 240GB. If this product was reviewed when Phison first released the S8 controller, the review would be different, but with products like the Samsung 840 / 850 EVO, SanDisk Ultra II, and a few SanDisk Extreme IIs still on the market in this capacity, the Blaze just settles in with other products, and doesn't stand out for any reason.
In nearly every category, we can call the Blaze "good," but not "great." The performance: good, but not great. The price: again, good, but not great. Packaging, accessories, and total value all considered, this product just fits into a crowd of products from big named fabs at the front of the line. Although it is deserving of attention, it remains overshadowed by bigger players.
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United States: The Patriot Blaze 240GB retails for $145.38 at Amazon.
Product Summary Breakdown
|Quality including Design and Build||91%|
|Bundle and Packaging||88%|
|Value for Money||89%|
|Overall TweakTown Rating||88%|
The Bottom Line: Patriot's Blaze 240GB SSD just fits in with a crowded field of products. Some are more deserving of your dollar.
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