Patriot Scorch M.2 512GB NVMe SSD Review
Patriot Scorch M.2 512GB2018
Patriot Memory is a brand that has been around for over a decade, and have put together rather interesting products over the years, though their results in the SSD market have been somewhat mixed, as some of their SATA products have had some issues. Although on their NVMe drives they have seen success with the recent Hellfire drive, although it fell short of the bigger names with its performance. It's pricing along with other E7 drives was pretty good which is why it did well.
Now with a cheaper drive let's see how the Patriot Scorch can do, although granted the only drive I have to compare it to currently is the Toshiba 240GB RC100, we plan on adding more M.2 PCIe based NVMe drives in the future to our reviews as time goes on. The product is currently $129.99 for the 512GB we're testing today, $65.99 for the 240GB model and $39.99 for the 120GB model. So all in all the pricing is quite good considering. With that out of the way, let's get straight to it!
First Look At The Patriot Scorch M.2 512GB NVMe SSD - Unboxing And Closer Look
Taking a look at the packaging the product is presented in a simple paper carton to hang off of store shelves, and the product is kept in a thin clamshell plastic, not much to be said here as the packaging seems to be as simple as possible to keep costs down.
The drive has a blue PCB which may make most build conscious readers irritated and bring back memories of a time before all black motherboard PCBs from 2007, I found myself somewhat unhappy with the color myself, though it may present itself well to themed builds. Again this may have been a cost-saving measure.
The drive as mentioned uses a Phison E7 controller and is reasonably speedy.
|CPU||AMD Ryzen R7 1700 @ 3.4GHz|
|Memory||G.Skill Ripjaws 16GB 3200MHz|
|OS||Windows 10-64 Bit Spring 2018 Update|
|Motherboard||Asus X370 ROG Hero IV|
|Case||Phanteks Enthoo Luxe|
I use a Ryzen test bench for my reviews, since most other websites test with Intel mainstream platforms, I personally think this is useful for all of those users who are using AMD's Ryzen CPUs and AM4 socket motherboards to get a good idea on what kind of performance they should expect.
Patriot Scorch M.2 512GB NVMe SSD Performance Benchmarks
Crystal Disk Info 7.5.1
Crystal Disk Info is a wide tool for displaying the characteristics and health of storage devices. It will display temperatures, the number of power on hours, the number of times it has been powered on, and even informing you of the firmware version of the device.
Not a whole lot shown here for the Patriot Scorch, It's a PCIe 3.0 x2 drive using NVMe 1.2
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.
Looking at the results here, the Patriot Scorch is a slow starter but eventually kicks up the performance once we hit larger file sizes and stays that way with fantastic performance, though the smaller capacity Toshiba RC100 does a pretty decent job keeping up.
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).
In the graphs below we see how much further the NVMe drives are compared to everything else, except in the 4KB writes and reads where the SATA drives perform similarly to our Patriot Scorch.
AS SSD is the opposite of ATTO as it uses incompressible data rather than compressible 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.
For AS SSD our tests show the gap widens between the Toshiba RC100 and the Patriot Scorch in a more intensive and realistic scenario. We see in the higher threaded workloads the Scorch beats the Toshiba RC100 by a 30% margin. 4K results are more of the same, which may have to do with the AMD platform we test on, or our clocks speeds. Though I will continue testing with it since most other reviewers test using Intel's mainstream platform, and I would like to give some of the Ryzen users an idea of what performance should be like on their platforms.
The drive gets really massive performance in IOPS here with the 64T tests, though general performance outside that keeps pace with the Crucial MX500 drives, with finally the Silicon Power and Toshiba drives trailing far behind. Which shows the limitations of cheaper drives.
PCMark 8 Storage 2.0
The PCMark 8 Storage Benchmark is used to create real-world testing scenarios that many users use on an everyday basis. With 10 traces recorded from Adobe Creative Suite, Microsoft Office and as well as Battlefield 3 and World Of Warcraft, the light to heavy common workloads have been represented. This is unlike other tests that it shows off real-world performance between storage devices. The higher the score the better the drive performs, and application tests are measured in seconds. The test has a break in cycle as well as 3 rounds of testing.
Here we see a very close race, but the two NVMe drives take first and second place respectively with a gap of less than 4% with the MX 500 1TB coming in a bit behind.
PCMark 8 Storage 2.0 Detailed
As usual, its a very tight performance by all drives listed though the Scorch is just a little bit faster, in most of the tests. But this test does go to show you the very small difference in application load times between SSDs.
All in all the Patriot Scorch M.2 NVMe is a solid drive with some minor faults, performance could be better but at the price, it's listed at it's hard to point to drives that I could guarantee would be much better. This drive honestly did better in AS SSD that what I expected and in general use as an OS drive is really solid. Frankly, you're paying a slight premium for NVMe but aside from that, it's definitely not a bad choice whatsoever. If this drive where to go on sale for $90-$110 it would be a fantastic value but at its given price it's just good. It doesn't consistently blow away the competition but never falls flat on its face, so I have to give credit where credit is due.
That being said with new Phison E12 drives releasing soon consumers MAY want to hold off on purchasing a new NVMe drive that isn't made by Samsung for a month or two. Also, the drive features a blue PCB which I didn't take any points off of in the total score but is something that you should be aware of if trying to make a very attractive looking color co-ordainated build.
One of the main draws to this drive might be as a secondary M.2 drive to move large files or use as a scratch drive, which unfortunately is something I haven't tested in this review, but is something I plan on doing once I get a higher end NVMe drive to use as a host drive for file transfer tests.
With all that being said, if you need a drive now and are looking for something that isn't the fastest drive on the market but still plenty fast you may want to check out the smaller drives in the Patriot Scorch line like the 240GB and 120GB, while the 512GB we reviewed today goes for a cool $129.99 The other drives are below $40 and $65 respectively.
Solid performance and priced well would make a good boot drive, but would be a great pickup if on sale under $100
- Cheap for an NVMe drive
- Way faster than the competition at times
- Performs with high end SATA SSDs in some cases
- Higher end drives may have better performance per $