Patriot Burst 480GB SSD Review – Storage On A Budget

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Patriot Burst 480GB

2018
Type SSD
Price $85

Patriot Memory is a brand that has been around for over a decade, and a brand I have had some personal memories with. My first custom build was done with a Patriot Sector 5 DDR3 kit years ago. And while they might not have the name recognition of Corsair or G-Skill they have been around as long and do provide products with great customer support and warranty.

With the fuss about SATA SSDs dying down over the past few years and NVMe M.2 drives becoming all the rage the coverage for cheaper SATA based solutions has gotten quiet, a little too quiet as many still use the standard 2.5 inch SSDs for their main OS drive or a secondary SSD when their high-end NVMe drive gets a little too cramped. If you play a lot of open world games or multiplayer games, sometimes the speed of an NVMe drive is excessive but an old school HDD is just not enough. With the prices of NAND memory going down so has the price on larger sized drives, and larger capacity drives like this one are in a much more affordable price range.

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Patriot Burst 480GB 2.5 Inch SSD Packs A Punch For $85

Today we’ll be looking at the first of a few 2.5-inch SSDs in this price range. It packs a Phison S11 controller and features TLC 3D NAND. The TLC read and write speed can reach up to 550-500 MB per second for the sequential performance and 95 K-85 K random IOPS. All of this is due in part to a 32MB DRAM Cache.

The Phison S11 controller which we saw first in early 2017 has Smart ECC, Guaranteed Flush, Smart Zip, Smart flush and built-in dynamic static wear leveling and end data path protection. While not a top of the line controller, it is one that is modern and good enough for most users.

These drives are plainly and simply aimed at the mass market and general consumers. This isn’t the fastest drive on the market nor does it ever try to be, this drive should be able to give near SATA 3 bottleneck speeds while doing sequential reads and writes.

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The drive is currently available on Amazon for $85 which is just under 18 cents a gigabyte and shows how much better the situation for storage prices has gotten over the past few months. the drives carry a 3-year warranty and a 160 TBW which is par for the course, as well as a power consumption read of 1750mW, power consumption write of 1985mW and an idle power consumption of 365mw. This again is a far cry from what some of the m.2 drives get but again, this is still much better than hard drives.

Testing Setup

ComponentModel
CPUAMD Ryzen R7 1700 @ 3.4GHz
MemoryG.Skill Ripjaws 16GB 3200MHz
PSUXFX 1050W
OSWindows 10-64 Bit Spring 2018 Update
MotherboardAsus X370 ROG Hero IV
SSDPatriot Burst 480GB
MyDigitalSSD SuperBoost2 512GB

First Look at the Patriot Burst 480GB SSD- Unboxing and Closer Look

The Patriot Burst 480GB comes in the same packaging box as their memory kits and previous drives like the Patriot Blast, a thin printed cardboard box with all the basic product information being noted on the box, and a clamshell plastic case inside to hold the SSD.

Looking at the back of the box we see its a 7mm SSD being able to fit into just about any laptop as well as being SATA 3 and a 2.5″ form factor. We see Patriot links their social media pages here and their 3-year warranty on the product.

Not much is here, other models have included a manual but mine, unfortunately, did not, probably due to it being a press sample.

The drive looks very similar to previous drives in their lineup and we assume its due to them using the same enclosure

We can see the plastic enclosure here and the SATA power and data connectors.

Patriot Burst 480GB SSD Performance Benchmarks

Crystal Disk Info 7.5.1

ATTO Disk Benchmark

As the industry’s leading provider of high-performance storage & network connectivity products, ATTO has created a widely-accepted Disk Benchmark freeware software to help measure storage system performance. As one of the top tools utilized in the industry, Disk Benchmark identifies performance in hard drives, solid state drives, RAID arrays as well as the host connection to attached storage. Top drive manufacturers, like Hitachi, build and test every drive using the ATTO Disk Benchmark.

The ATTO Disk Benchmark performance measurement tool is compatible with Microsoft Windows. Use ATTO Disk Benchmark to test any manufacturers RAID controllers, storage controllers, host bus adapters (HBAs), hard drives and SSD drives and notice that ATTO products will consistently provide the highest level of performance to your storage.

Here we see for the small files and the short term the Patriot drive takes the lead, though as files get larger the drive from MyDigitalSSD takes the lead and keeps it very close, so the Patriot drive lives up to its name and is faster here in bursts (Don’t hate me for my puns)

Crystal Disk Mark 6.0

CrystalDiskMark is a disk benchmark software Made by a Japanese coder named Hiyohiyo and is one of the simplest and most frequently used tests for storage due to its simple and easy to understand UI. It measure sequential reads/writes speed,measure random 512KB, 4KB, 4KB (Queue Depth=32) reads/writes speed,select test data (Random, 0Fill, 1Fill),

Again we see a very close set of results with the MyDigitalSSD SuperBoost pulling slightly ahead, though not by a whole lot as we see very similar performance here with the biggest gap being at 4k Q8T8 reads with the SuperBoost being about 12% faster than our Patriot drive here.

AS SSD

AS SSD is the opposite of ATTO as it uses incompressible data rather than compressable data and simulates the worst possible scenario imaginable for an SSD which gives the best understanding of performance when pushing the drive to its limits.

We separate the IOPS and MB/s in the results for ease of reading.

 

In the worst case scenario here we see the SuperBoost2 Take a solid advantage in the 4k 64 thread workload, while the single threaded workload the Patriot drive took the lead. and a similar story though the write IOPS in the 512 bit was strongly in favor of the SuperBoot2.

Conclusion

The Patriot Burst is currently priced at $84.99 and at that price is certainly a bargain, though I originally considered it to be a great games drive for those on a budget, its performance has made me reconsider that as its primary purpose as it seems to do better in 4K writes and reads than I originally expected, and frankly at this price point is a great option to throw into an ultrabook or gaming PC as a primary OS Drive on a budget. So if you plan on grabbing a secondary drive for all the games you’ll be downloading in the Steam sale, it may not be the BEST option but it is a relatively cheap option and will do okay.

The drive beats out many older drives that gamers keep as their primary OS drive, as I know I have a few systems in my house using an older Samsung or ADATA drive from a few generations ago at a smaller capacity and slower than the drives we tested in question. While its no Samsung 970 EVO, it certainly performs well enough to get the job done for most and at this rock bottom price, it screams value. And with that I give it our Wccftech Great Value Award.

Also as this is my first storage review for the site, we would appreciate any feedback on our testing methodology and what you would like to see added or changed. With these being SATA drives I would like to know what our users real world scenarios would be like and any benchmarks they would like tested. As always I’ll be reading the comment section for feedback…and those dank memes.

8.5

While not the highest end it does the job and does it good enough. Perhaps not the drive those seeking the best performance would want, most users would get a fine user experience with this drive.

Performance7
Value10
Design & Aesthetics4
Features7

Pros

  • Cheap, solid warranty, good performance for the price.

Cons

  • The design leaves a little to be desired and performance could be better.
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