Patriot has introduced a new addition to the lineup of Ignite SSDs, this time with 2 TB capacity. The new drive will offer a lot of solid-state storage, but its performance will be constrained due to limitations of the SATA 6 Gb/s interface. Nonetheless, the price of the novelty promises to be relatively affordable.

When Patriot introduced its Ignite family of SSDs based on the quad-core Phison PS3110-S10 early in 2015, it aimed it at performance-mainstream systems, which is why the lineup only included models with 480 GB and 960 GB capacities. Since then, M.2 SSDs with PCIe interfaces have gained traction and many SSD suppliers had to reconsider positioning of their SATA drives. As a result, Patriot added a more affordable model with 240 GB capacity to the Ignite family later in the life cycle to address price-conscious customers. Meanwhile, the recent declines of NAND flash pricing enabled the company to build another SSD based on the S10 controller to address a new segment of buyers who require a lot of solid-state storage in a 2.5” form-factor, but not necessarily extreme transfer speeds.

The Patriot Ignite 2 TB SSD is rated to reach sequential read speeds of up to 560 MB/s and write speeds of up to 500 MB/s, which is consistent with performance of advanced MLC-based 2.5”/SATA drives. As for random performance, the 2 TB drive delivers approximately 90K and 80K IOPS for aligned read and write operations, respectively, in-line with that of other high-capacity Patriot Ignite drives.

Specifications of Patriot Ignite SSDs
  240 GB 480 GB 960 GB 2 TB
Model PI240GS325SSDR PI480GS25SSDR PI960GS25SSDR -
Form Factor 2.5"/7 mm
Controller Phison PS3110-S10
Interface SATA 6 Gbps
Protocol AHCI
DRAM 256 MB 512 MB 1 GB 2 GB (?)
NAND Toshiba's NAND made using 19 nm/15 nm process technology
Sequential Read 560 MB/s
Sequential Write 405 MB/s 545 MB/s 500 MB/s
4KB Random Read (QD32) 100K IOPS 80K IOPS 90K
4KB Random Write (QD32) 85K IOPS 75K IOPS 80K
Launch Date 2015 Q1 2015 Q1 2015 Q4 2016

Phison demonstrated its reference design for 2 TB SSDs based on the S10 controller about a year ago, but its customers were unwilling to use it back then. In mid-2015 prices of NAND flash memory were considerably higher compared to today, which is why demand for high-capacity SSDs was not expected to be significant and hence it was not economically feasible to release high-capacity drives for many vendors, who do not own semiconductor fabs.

Today, prices of NAND are considerably lower. For example, the average contract price of a 128 Gb MLC NAND chip was $3.51 (the lowest contract price started at $2.8 per chip) in the second half of April, down from $5.06 in the first half of May, 2015, according to DRAMeXchange. As a result, the cost of NAND needed for a 2 TB drive is between $360 and $500, depending on the amount of memory used for overprovisioning. Therefore, it is viable for numerous SSD suppliers to offer such SSDs to end-users. Moreover, since prices of NAND keep dropping, high-capacity SSDs naturally get cheaper to make over time.

When considering costs of SSDs based on controllers from Phison, keep in mind that the company maintains strong relations with Toshiba and usually sells not just its controllers, but nearly finished SSDs with Toshiba’s NAND flash memory. Therefore, the actual cost of such package could be below the average cost of NAND flash memory obtained on the open market. On a side note, if 2 TB SSDs based on the S10 controller are now available from Phison, a number of other suppliers could also offer such drives eventually.

Patriot does not reveal retail price of its Ignite 2 TB SSD today because it only plans to sell it sometimes in Q4. Nonetheless, it should not be too high and $700 - $900 price-range seems to be more or less viable.

Source: Patriot Memory

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  • Flunk - Wednesday, June 1, 2016 - link

    Phison PS3110-S10? No thanks.
  • Samus - Thursday, June 2, 2016 - link

    I suspect this is going to be a budget storage drive, so the quad core 8 channel controller is more than enough. These budget turnkey controllers have also been surprisingly reliable.

    The problem is at $700+ this isn't a budget drive. The 850 EVO costs less and will undeniably be faster. And we will see how hard Micron/Crucial push the market prices downward with the BX/MX300 based on Marvell silicon (my personal favorite NAND controllers.)

    I'm surprised all these 3rd party drives are still making manufactures money when you consider the goliaths they compete against. Micron, Samsung and Sandisk collectively have 90% of the OEM market, so I guess they are surviving simply off of end users?
  • humanentity - Thursday, June 2, 2016 - link

    so I guess they are surviving simply off of MISSINFORMED? end users?
  • bananaforscale - Saturday, June 4, 2016 - link

    Yay FUD! Besides, even Sandisk uses generic Marvell controllers in some(?) products. Reliability is all in the firmware and NAND.
  • Ascaris - Friday, June 10, 2016 - link

    Competition is good.
  • cgeorgescu - Friday, June 10, 2016 - link

    So you say they should sell to Apple users?
  • BrokenCrayons - Wednesday, June 1, 2016 - link

    I have a 60GB Patriot SSD in an old Asus Eee PC netbook and it's been a problem-free drive for two years now. I'm relatively sure it has a Phison controller in it, but I've never bothered really looking into it. It was purchased based on low cost rather than any performance concerns though it is a lot faster than the 160GB hard drive it replaced, making the intolerably slow single core Atom n450 a little more usable. Of course its running Linux and is mostly a word processor and lightweight web surfing system so I demand very little out of it except for the occasional Steam in-home stream from my headless desktop. Nonetheless, I'd entertain another Patriot SSD, but not at 2TB, probably some much lower capacity because I don't and am very unlikely to need much more than 60GB of storage capacity in the foreseeable future.
  • Michael Bay - Wednesday, June 1, 2016 - link

    700-900$? On Phison hardware? When Samsung is selling 850EVO with the same capacity for 600$?
  • vladx - Wednesday, June 1, 2016 - link

    Agree it's crazy to think many will buy them at that price.
  • chrnochime - Wednesday, June 1, 2016 - link

    because not everyone wants to buy samsung/TLC. Hard concept to grasp I know.

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