Solid-state storage is the most important performance component found in a modern system today. Without it, you do not even have a performance system.
We love Phison's S10 controller and Patriot's Ignite M2 makes us love it even more. The Ignite M2 demonstrates that even asynchronous flash is a viable option when paired with the right controller. This is good news because asynchronous flash implementation translates to lower cost of ownership.
That said we would like if the Ignite M2 were capable of higher sequential write speed. A lack of parallelism is magnified by Patriot's choice to go with asynchronous flash. The 2.5" Ignite with double the flash packages has a sequential write speed that's 225 MB/s faster, and we see other M.2 drives sporting only 2 flash packages able to hit 500 MB/s sequential write speed. The reason is, those drives are using synchronous flash instead of asynchronous, BUT those drives are also more expensive. It's a tradeoff of sorts. The ignite M2's lack of sequential write speed is offset to a large degree by its superior low QD random write performance. At a low QD random write, which is the most prevalent of all transactions an SSD will perform in an OS environment; the Ignite M2 is a top-flight performer. For the price, the performance is there and then some. Patriot's Ignite M2 is a very good performer and its low cost is compelling.
As our boot drive, the Ignite M2 handles well. Boots are fast, and the OS is responsive. Even while the drive was being written into a steady state for our Vantage testing, launching my internet browser and other software was still very fast. With some drives, this is definitely not the case. As an OS disk the performance is there, but if you are transferring large files, you will have to wait a bit longer.
Patriot was a big name in SSD's and we are excited to see them back in the game. I own numerous Patriot SSD's from back in the day, and all of them are still running fast and flawlessly. As a brand, Patriot is one of the best out there.
Here's what we liked and disliked about the Patriot Ignite M2 480GB SATA III SSD:
What we disliked: Below average sequential write speed. No toolbox.
What we liked: As an OS disk, the Ignite M2 excels. Sequential read performance. Low cost of ownership.
We recommend the Ignite M2 for those of you looking for a low cost M.2 SSD that delivers top-notch OS performance.
Product Summary Breakdown
|Quality including Design and Build||89%|
|Bundle and Packaging||75%|
|Value for Money||90%|
|Overall TweakTown Rating||86%|
The Bottom Line: A low price point and excellent performance in an Operating System environment make the Ignite M2 a great option for those of you in the market for a new M.2 SATA-based SSD.
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