LAS VEGAS, NV — Patriot has introduced a rather rare product, an external SSD with a Thunderbolt 3 interface. The Patriot EVLVR offers up to 1 TB capacity, up to 1.5 GB/s sequential read speed and is bus powered, making it a nice optional storage upgrade for modern laptops.

The Patriot ‘Evolver’ EVLVR Thunderbolt 3 Portable drive comes in a relatively compact metallic chassis (which measures around 85×40 mm if my calculations are correct) with rounded edges, a LED indicator and a TB3 connector. The enclosure packs an SSD based on the NVMe 1.2-compliant Phison PS5008-E8 controller with a PCIe 3.0 x2 interface as well as Toshiba's 256 Gb BiCS3 3D TLC NAND memory.

Patriot’s EVLVR drives will be offered in 256 GB, 512 GB and 1 TB configurations that will provide up to 1.5 GB/s sequential read speed as well as up to 1 GB/s sequential write speed. A good thing about the ‘Evolver’ is that because a TB3 interface can supply up to 15 W of power, the external SSD it is completely bus powered and does not require any additional cables.

External storage solutions featuring a Thunderbolt 3 interface are not very rare, but most TB3 SSDs are aimed at various performance-demanding professionals and are therefore very expensive. For example, the Sonnet Fusion Thunderbolt 3 1TB drive costs $999, whereas the LaCie Bolt3 2 TB retails for $1752. Extreme pricing is not going to be a feature of Patriot’s EVLVR: the most affordable 256 GB version will be priced at $199.99, the mid-range 512 GB configuration will carry a $289.99 price tag, whereas the most capacious 1 TB variant will cost $489.99. The manufacturer plans to start sales of its Patriot EVLVR Thunderbolt 3 Portable SSD sometimes this March.

Patriot's EVLVR Thunderbolt 3 Portable SSD Specifications
Capacity 256 GB 512 GB 1 TB
Dimensions ~85 × ~40 × ? mm (not confirmed!)
Controller Phison PS5008-E8
NAND Flash Toshiba's 256 Gb 64-layer BiCS3 3D TLC
Form-Factor, Interface Candybar, Thunderbolt 3
Sequential Read up to 1500 MB/s
Sequential Write up to 1000 MB/s
MSRP $199.99 $289.99 $489.99

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Source: Patriot Memory

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  • HStewart - Tuesday, January 9, 2018 - link

    Nice that price of Thunderbolt SSD drives are cheaper - it possibly could go lower with more completion at this price range and with Intel under $10 controller.

    I would also like to see that the Thunderbolt SSD also support USB-C connections, which is likely related to Intel's announcement about new controller. Personally I have multiple mobile device that support USB-C but only the Dell XPS 2in1 that supports Thunderbolt
  • AnTech - Tuesday, January 9, 2018 - link

    RAID 0 inside?
  • bill44 - Thursday, January 11, 2018 - link

    I would like to see a cheap bare box (same size as this) with PCIe 3.0 x4 interface, to which I can add my own M.2 SSD.
    I'm also with HStewart regarding USB-C 3.1 Gen2 compatibility.

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