Page 10 - Conclusion
As I have explained in the introduction, everyone and everything has a weak spot. When it comes to our product reviews, we need to ensure we look for all the common and uncommon spots, to see how they perform. As for the Ignite 480GB, it seems Patriot has covered all of its bases. Starting with the physical looks, the design is normal and bland, but the construction is robust. The screw-less shell holds the entire drive together quite well. I know I found myself intrigued at how they made three separate pieces stick together without any extra parts. Inside, we are greeted with practically the same internals as the Patriot Blaze with the single exception of the controller. However, in our performance tests, this single change made a world of difference. The Patriot Ignite 480GB took the same memory and NAND chips, and returned very fast results for a SATA-based drive, especially in the synthetic tests. These results were very competitive when compared to similarly priced drives from Crucial and SanDisk. In fact, there are one or two tests where it tops every other SATA connected drive. On the other hand, it still has some areas to improve in. For one, it faltered in one or two tests, especially the closer to real-life PassMark's PerformanceTest. Patriot could also work on the small transfer sizes by improving the I/O speeds. However, when you look at the price tag, the Ignite really burns some of the competition. Commanding a $190 USD wallet hit for 480GB, the drive costs slightly less than $0.40/GB. The already reviewed Crucial BX100 500GB is still an excellent choice, as it is the same price for roughly the same capacity, but with better throughput in demanding workloads. Even so, the Ignite is certainly competitive in a place where storage options are already saturated with choices.
Patriot provided this product to APH Networks for the purpose of evaluation.
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This time around, Patriot entered the game with the right contestant. The Ignite 480GB is a value oriented solid state drive that performs generally well, too.
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1. Introduction, Packaging, Specifications
2. A Closer Look, Test System
3. Benchmark: AIDA64 Disk Benchmark
4. Benchmark: ATTO Disk Benchmark
5. Benchmark: Crystal Disk Mark 3.0
6. Benchmark: HD Tach 18.104.22.168
7. Benchmark: HD Tune Pro 4.60
8. Benchmark: PassMark PerformanceTest 8.0
9. Benchmark: PCMark Vantage