Cheap but proper? Patriot's new budget SSD drive

The American company launches a series of budget drives with domestic controllers And Maxio Technology - and recommended prices that are already lower than most products in stores

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It's been a while since we've officially launched a drive In the SATA standard and in the traditional 2.5 inch configuration, the days when most attention seemed to have shifted to the world of compact M.2 drives, with or without the standard support. More agile.


We are now acquainted with the P200 model of Patriot, which relinquishes the built-in dynamic cache to provide the lowest prices we have seen on the market. The drive will be offered in volumes between 256GB and 2 terabytes, while the 512GB, 256GB and terabytes models have the old Silicon Motion SM2258XT controller while the upper 2 terabyte model has a MAS0902A controller from Maxio Technology - Because all models are based on chips Three-dimensional TLC configuration known from a manufacturer whose name has not yet been officially revealed.

Drives New 2.5 inches have become something of a rarity in our storage market

These modest drives declare with maximum continuous transfer speeds of 530 megabytes per second in read and 460 megabytes per second in writing, alongside Random with small 4KB files of 90,000IOPS read and 80,000IOPS in writing - not bad at all "on paper", although today we already know that these optimistic data do not necessarily indicate the level of performance that will be reflected in users in practical everyday use - so until official reviews will be It is hard to decide whether this is a pleasant surprise in the storage or product that is better to be careful and avoid at all costs.

TLC chips and reasonable lifespan - but none DRAM inside

The P200 drives do not include a built-in cache, but are based on the HMB (Host Memory Buffer) capability in operating systems to save a small portion of the system's DRAM memory for accelerated storage performance - but what you will find on the drives is the use of some Small chipset In SLC configuration (with a single bit in each cell, instead of three bits in a cell in TLC configuration) for further easy acceleration of capabilities, alongside sleep power mechanisms for minimum power consumption when the drive is not required for active operation and average time between disruptive failure (MTBF) of 2,000,000 hours.

Initial reviews show data Not bad at all for P200 drives - but we need more data to decide for sure

The drives will be offered for sale with a three-year warranty with bad writing volumes between 0.45 full drive volume (2 terabyte) and 0.58 drive volume (256GB model) every day for the same period - and the highs are as already stated prices Now getting started on 32 dollars for the base model, 50 dollars for volume 512GB and 88 dollars and 190 dollars for terabytes and 2 terabytes respectively.

Prices are currently available on Amazon USA Slightly higher than those declared and recommended - but we assume that this is something that will soon change with you

These are the lowest prices we've ever met for drives In such volumes, especially in the large family of models, and to take into account the fact that all the drives Actual markets are sold at significantly lower levels than those launched - Patriot P200 seems to have a good chance of becoming the cheapest models on the market, at least among those from internationally recognized brands. Will they pay off to the average consumer? This is already a different question that we will soon have to answer.