Patriot has a long history in the SSD market and does really well bringing the latest technology to market, while maintaining a competitive price. In the SandForce era, Patriot routinely had the lowest priced consumer drives at etailers like Newegg. The company spent a short bout fairly quiet on the SSD front, but is now back at full steam with three new products.
Corsair is the only other company with another S10 controller product on the market. Others companies have announced future products, but the Neutron XT is the only direct SSD we can compare prices to. The Patriot Ignite 480GB costs $199.99 at Newegg, the Corsair Neutron XT 480GB is $269.99. That stated, the Neutron XT does show higher random performance per the specifications. We don't have a final revision sample from Corsair to compare though. The Neutron XT preview article was with early silicon and the PCB and firmware have changed since then.
Even though we found other SSDs at Newegg priced lower, the Ignite 480GB is a powerful SSD that is priced in the HDD replacement category, the low-end of the price scale. If the Ignite represents the performance available in the HDD replacement category, then things are looking up. In the 512GB capacity size, this ultra low-cost market drops prices all the way down to $169.99 (Newegg prices), but I'd consider the $200 price point a part of the same group, just at the higher-end of the scale. With that said, the Ignite is one of the better SSDs in that price range.
The only area we lacking for this price is the notebook battery life performance. This is something Phison is working on and when DEVSLP is fully working, we should get a better result. It's up to Patriot to release the firmware update. Let's hope that comes sooner rather than later.
PRICING: You can find the Patriot Ignite 480GB for sale below. The prices listed are valid at the time of writing but can change at any time. Click the link to see the very latest pricing for the best deal.
United States: The Patriot Ignite 480GB retails for $189.99 at Amazon.
Australia: Find other tech and computer products like this over at PLE Computer's website.
Product Summary Breakdown
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The Bottom Line: Patriot's Ignite 480GB is one of the best low-cost 512GB capacity class drives available today. Prices will shrink further in the HDD replacement class, but for now, the Ignite is a solid choice for desktops.
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