Patriot is first to launch a Phison S10 powered M.2 SSD. The new Ignite M2 drive is SATA based allowing the Ignite broader compatibility with current motherboards. There is not a lot of real estate on a 22mm x 80mm M.2 "gum stick" SSD which dictates the use of fewer and denser flash packages. Fewer flash packages translates to a reduction in parallelism (interleaving) which may translate to reduced write performance in comparison to a 2.5" form factor SSD. This is the case with Patriot's Ignite M2 drive. Patriot's 2.5" Ignite 480GB SSD with its more populous flash array, offers sequential write speeds of up to 545 MB/s and the M.2 version in the same capacity offers sequential write speeds of up to 320 MB/s; a 225 MB/s reduction in sequential write speed at the same capacity point.
Patriot's Ignite series SSD's are all about delivering enthusiast level performance at the lowest possible cost. Following this credo, Patriot has chosen to implement low cost asynchronous flash on their Ignite series SSD's. It's been a while since we've seen async flash based SSD's. Async SSD's such as OCZ's Petrol, and a whole host of async SandForce driven drives, are well known for their dismal performance. However, as we've seen from Patriot's 2.5" Ignite, today's 16nm Micron MLC asynchronous flash is able to crank out excellent performance when paired with the right controller.
Patriot chose Phison's S10 flash controller to power their Ignite series SSD's. We are quickly becoming big fans of Phison's S10, because of its high sequential and random 4KB performance. This rather large quad-core 8-channel flash processor dedicates one core to host operations and three of its four cores to flash management. The S10 is loaded with features such as end-to-end data path protection (ETEP), AES 256-bit encryption support, static wear-leveling, dynamic wear-leveling and special BCH error correction technology. Most importantly, the S10 is capable of delivering enthusiast grade performance.
Patriot's new M.2 SSD looks like it has potential; let's see how well it performs.
Patriot's Ignite M2 SATA III SSD is available in two capacities: 240GB, and 480GB. Sequential read performance for the Ignite M2 SSD is listed at up to 560MB/s. Sequential write performance is listed at up to 320 MB/s. The Ignite M2 is rated for up to 90/77K random 4K performance. As you will see, the M2 Ignite's rated random 4KB read performance is conservative. Curiously, there is no Total Bytes Written limit listed. We are not sure if there is any limit.
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