Patriot has introduced its new family of entry-level SATA SSDs offering capacities from 256 GB to 2 TB. The P200-series drives use controllers from Maxio Technology and Silicon Motion, the first time in years that Patriot uses controllers not from Phison.

Available in a 2.5-inch/7 mm form-factor, the Patriot P200 drives feature 256 GB, 512 GB, and 1 TB configurations and are based on Silicon Motion’s SM2258XT controllers, whereas the top-of-the-line 2 TB model is powered by Maxio Technology’s MAS0902A controller. The drives are powered by 3D NAND memory, but the manufacturer does not disclose exact model of chips or their manufacturer (we do know that SMI and Maxio controllers can work with memory from various vendors though).

As far as performance is concerned, Patriot says that its P200-series SSDs can offer up to 530 MB/s sequential read speeds, up to 460 MB/s sequential write speeds, up to 90K random read IOPS, as well as up to 80K random write speeds. Performance wise, the new drives from Patriot offer similar speed levels as other SATA 6 Gbps SSDs.

When it comes to endurance levels, Patriot’s P200 SSDs can offer 0.45 – 0.58 drive writes per day (DWPD), which is actually higher when compared to 0.3 DWPD offered by cheap 3D QLC NAND-based drives these days.

All Patriot’s P200 SSDs are covered by a three-year warranty and are available now for $31.99 - $189.99, depending on capacity.

Patriot's P200 Specifications
Capacity 256 GB 512 GB 1 TB 2 TB
Model Number P200S256G25 P200S512G25 P200S1TB25 P200S2TB25
Controller Silicon Motion SM2258XT Maxio MAS0902A
Form-Factor, Interface 2.5-inch/7-mm, SATA 6 Gbps
Sequential Read up to 530 MB/s
Sequential Write up to 460 MB/s
Random Read IOPS up to 90K
Random Write IOPS up to 80K
Pseudo-SLC Caching Supported
DRAM Buffer No
AES Encryption unknown
Power Management Automatic sleep and wake-up mechanism power saving
Warranty 3 years
MTBF 2,000,000 hours
TBW 160 TB 320 TB 640 TB 1000 TB
DWPD 0.57 0.57 0.58 0.45
Price at Launch $31.99 $49.99 $87.99 $189.99

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Source: Patriot

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  • hojnikb - Friday, July 19, 2019 - link

    First; "highend" drive with a jMicron controller ? That must be a first :)

    Also, in my book, Patriot lost all credibility with their drives, when they launched their Blast line of SSDs. Not only they came with defective firmware, that either bricked or froze the drives over time, the information (and firmware files) are completly gone from their website and forums, as the drive never existed.
  • lightningz71 - Friday, July 19, 2019 - link

    Hmm, that reminds me of a couple of models of EDGE SATA SSD drives. Horribly unreliable. From a lot of 20 that we purchased for our company, all but two failed within 18 months, and the only reason that those two didn't was because they were never actually deployed! The company's website has absolutely no reference to those drives ever having existed, though they were prominently advertised there when they were purchased.
  • ghanz - Friday, July 19, 2019 - link

    These are most probably DRAM-less Flash controllers (SM2258XT is, not sure about the Maxio MAS0902A).
    Hence the budget prices.
  • ghanz - Friday, July 19, 2019 - link

    Just confirmed it, both are DRAM-less Flash controllers.
  • PeachNCream - Friday, July 19, 2019 - link

    Good information to know ahead of a purchase. In addition to the performance implications, DRAM can absorb some abuse otherwise passed directly to NAND so I wonder how Patriot is able to go so aggressively on DWPD ratings using what is presumably off-the-shelf TLC.
  • hojnikb - Friday, July 19, 2019 - link

    DRAM is normally only used for flash translation tables (you can read them much faster from dram than from flash itself) and not much else (data loss implications for one)
  • hojnikb - Friday, July 19, 2019 - link

    yeah, we deployed like 100 of these blasts, each and every one died within the first few months. Luckly we got replacements for all of them.
  • rocky12345 - Friday, July 19, 2019 - link

    The prices are great but won't not having a dram buffer hurt performance quite a bit?
  • Rocket321 - Friday, July 19, 2019 - link

    Yes, you lose some performance and also save $10-20 in cost. You can see a review of a SM2258XT drive in the Mushkin Source review on Anandtech.
  • ceisserer - Friday, July 26, 2019 - link

    Too bad Patriot decided to go for the M2258XT - it is a horrible performer for mixed read/write random workload - even the Phison Dram-less S11 is about two times as fast.

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