By: Aaron Lai
October 11, 2019
One interesting thing I find with media consumption services is how they can seemingly predict your preferences. This can be seen in YouTube or Spotify, where they may recommend new videos or music, respectively, based on what you have previously consumed. As such, my YouTube recommendation list is filled with a whole smattering of topics, from baking and cooking to video games and ending with airplanes or short informative videos. Similarly, my Spotify suggested music is primarily albums from Christian artists, a bunch of classical and cover artists, followed by some K-pop and EDM. If I am being honest, even though these are supposedly curated based on what these companies think my interests are, I generally do not find myself clicking on these recommended lists, unless I have no idea what to listen to. Even so, it is pretty interesting to see how technology is able to learn these things and even suggest new things that are similar in style or interests. On the other hand, I wonder how this would translate into suggestions for products. For example, if a user is looking for some sort of fast storage option that is still cheap, what suggestions would appear? Patriot hopes to provide an answer to this question today with their offering of their P200 SSD lineup. Today, we have their 512GB model in for testing, so let us see how this cost-effective solid-state drive is able to perform, especially in comparison with what else is out there!
Today's review unit of the Patriot P200 512GB arrived from Patriot's American offices in Fremont, California. Traveling with UPS and their Standard ground service, this corrugated cardboard box arrived in average condition with no real concerning aspects, such as holes or dents. Even so, this box has seen better days with some corner bruising. Inside, Patriot has also included some packing paper to cushion any blows the P200 may take while in transit.
Out of the shipping container, we have the Patriot P200 512GB in its retail container. This white box with gray lettering is basic in terms of design, which is fine. At the top left side, we have the model name with a product description of "2.5" SATA III 6Gbps SSD", which is not too surprising. Underneath, we have three main features of its 7mm profile, SATA III interface, and 2.5" form factor. In addition, you can see Patriot has designed this drive to work with both Windows and Mac operating systems, which is also expected. The rest of the front is a clear cutout to get a better look at the drive inside. Interestingly, Patriot has not put any capacity labeling on the box, probably so they can use any of their boxes for their four capacities varying from 256GB to 2TB. Around the box, we have a few more specifications listed for the Patriot P200.
Before we carry on, I have grabbed the specifications from the manufacturer's website for your perusal:
• SMI 2258XT Series Controller
• Global wear leveling algorithm, maximizes SSD lifespan
• Automatic sleep and wake-up mechanism power saving
• Built-in power-on reset and voltage regulators.
• Built-in temperature sensor.
• Trim Support
• Longer life time cycle (TBW)
• MTBF: >2,000,000 hours
• 4K Aligned Random Read: up to 90K IOPs
• 4K Aligned Random Write: up to 80K IOPs
• Sequential Read (ATTO): up to 530MB/s
• Sequential Write (ATTO): up to 460MB/S
• Terabytes Written (TBW): 320TB
• Interface: SATA III 6Gb/s
• Form Factor: 2.5"
• Operating Voltage: 5v
• Operating Temperature: 0 ~ 70°C
Out of the box, Patriot has the P200 sitting in a clear plastic clamshell case. Otherwise, there is no form of documentation or warranty information, so any of this will require you to look at Patriot's website. There is nothing else included with this solid-state drive, whether in the form of additional backup software on the drive or in terms of additional accessories, though this is not too surprising either.
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 6.0
6. Benchmark: HD Tach 18.104.22.168
7. Benchmark: HD Tune Pro 5.70
8. Benchmark: PassMark PerformanceTest 9.0
9. Benchmark: PCMark 7
10. Benchmark: PCMark 8