The 2TB Patriot P200 is a unique product that is unmatched and unrivaled. There is a reason for both that shoppers should be aware of. SATA DRAMless SSDs don't have the ability to use the system memory to cache the flash translation layer like NVMe drives using Host Memory Buffer technology. Amazon and Newegg is full of DRAMless NVMe drives in large capacities but there are very few SATA drives like the 2TB P200.
Patriot did a really good job with the components available to get the 2TB P200 to market. The drive performs a big better than I expected in some places. This is clearly a value product for budget-minded shoppers struggling to make the move to flash from hard disk drive technology.
For most users, the 2TB P200 makes a far better cold storage drive than an actual boot drive. The latency that can mount under mainstream workloads and light multitasking can make this model feel less responsive compared to an older SSD it might be replacing.
If you only real options are 2TB of HDD storage or the 2TB P200, we will choose the flash drive every time even if it is a DRAMless model. Most shoppers are not that limited when it comes to options. The 2TB P200 has a massive cost advantage compared to Samsung consumer drives and Crucial's MX500 but the gap will quickly shrink. When we started writing this article the difference between the 2TB P200 and MX500 was $40. At the end of the article a few days later the gap closed to just $20 on Amazon. The performance difference in throughput, latency, and battery life is worth spending a little more to gain.
If you absolutely need the lowest priced 2TB SATA SSD the Patriot P200 is your go-to option. If you can spare to spend a little more, there are significantly better large capacity drive available.
The Bottom Line
Patriot managed to make a value-focused large capacity SATA SSD without stepping into QLC. The P200 lacks DRAM and aggressive pricing, but it still the lowest cost 2TB drive available today.