The American company launches a series of budget drives with domestic controllers Silicon Motion And Maxio Technology - and recommended prices that are already lower than most products in stores
It's been a while since we've officially launched a drive SSD 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.NVMe More agile.
We are now getting acquainted with Patriot's P200 model, which relinquishes the built-in dynamic cache memory to deliver some of the lowest prices we have seen on the market. The drive will be offered in volumes between 256GB and 2 terabytes, while in 512GB, 256GB and terabytes models we will find the old SM2258XT controller from Silicon Motion, while the top 2 terabyte model has a MAS0902A controller from Maxio Technology - and we will see Because all models are chip based NAND Three-dimensional TLC configuration known from a manufacturer whose name has not yet been officially revealed.
These modest drives declare with maximum continuous transfer speeds of 530 MB per second in reading and 460 MB per second in writing, alongside random performance with small 4KB files of 90,000IOPS in read and 80,000 IOPS in writing - not bad at all "on paper", Although today we already know very well that these optimistic data do not necessarily indicate the level of performance that will be reflected in users in practical daily use - so until official reviews arrive it will be difficult to decide whether it is a pleasant surprise in storage or a product that should be avoided at all costs.
P200 drives do not have cached memory built into them but are based on the HMB (Host Memory Buffer) capability that exists in operating systems to preserve a small portion of the system's DRAM memory in order to accelerate storage performance - but what you will find in drives is the use of part Small of the chipsNAND 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.
The drives will be offered for sale with a three-year warranty with not bad writing volumes between 0.45 of the full drive volume (in the 2 terabyte model) and 0.58 of the drive volume (in the 256GB model) every day during that period - and the highlight is the prices themselves, Now starting at $ 32 for the base model, $ 50 for 512GB and $ 88 and $ 190 for terabytes and 2 terabytes respectively.
These are the lowest prices we've ever met for drives SSD In such volumes, especially in the large family of models, and to take into account the fact that all the drivesSSD Are actually sold in the actual market at significantly lower levels than those with which they were launched - it seems thatPatriot P200 has a good chance of becoming the cheapest models on the market, at least among those that come from well-known international brands. Will they pay off to the average consumer? This is already a different question that we will soon have the answers to.