For the past few years, SSDs have been popping out in the market left and right. With more competitors in the market, manufacturers have to offer something special to stand out. Patriot, a brand that’s focused on memory products, released the new Patriot Burst 2.5-inch SATA III SSD. Surprisingly, in terms of design, it looks quite similar to the Patriot Blast that we reviewed some time ago.

The one we have here with us is the 240GB variant. The capacity matters as SSD performance scales up when there are more memory chips on the PCB – if the controller is able to do that.

Specifications

Patriot Burst 240GB SSD

Controller Phison S11 Series Controller
DRAM Cache 32MB SDR
MTBF 2,000,000 hours
Sequential read 560MB/s (CDM)
555MB/s (ATTO)
Sequential write 455MB/s (CDM)
500MB/s (ATTO)
Interface SATA III 6Gb/s
Form factor 7mm @ 2.5-inch
Operating voltage 5V
Operating temperature 0 ~ 70°C

Unboxing

In terms of the packaging design, nothing much has changed since the Patriot Blast. It’s still using the same packaging design where a few of the basic information are highlighted on the box itself. One thing to note here is that the Patriot Burst is a 7mm-thick 2.5-inch SSD, so it’ll fit into any laptop that has a 2.5-inch drive.

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At the back of the packaging, most parts remain the same as before. Even the description text is the same. The only thing that has changed is the lower part where Patriot now includes links to their social media.

Also, the Patriot Burst comes with a 3-year warranty.

Opening up the box reveals that the Patriot Burst itself is seated in a hard plastic shell cover and comes with a user manual too. I find it interesting that the user manual here comes with lots of additional information like the name and function of each electrical pin on the SSD. It even labeled the screws needed to mount the SSD.

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The Patriot Burst itself, however, looks very similar as the Patriot Blast from the past – pun intended. It’s almost like Patriot just took the same exact enclosure design and slapped on a different sticker to differentiate these SSD series.

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One thing I do note is that the Patriot Burst is using some sort of screw thread adapter for its mounting screw holes.

Synthetic Benchmarks

AS SSD Benchmark

Widely used SSD benchmarking utility that uses incompressible data to simulate the worst possible scenario for a SSD and thus giving a much lower sequential read and write speed result than what has been stated by the manufacturer as result of the heavy workload.

 

ATTO Disk Benchmark

The most frequently used benchmarking utility by many manufacturers for performance specification. As ATTO Disk Benchmark uses compressible data rather than incompressible data, it results in higher benchmark scores. We’ve ran the benchmark with transfer size ranged from 0.5KB to 8192KB and total length of the test to be 256MB.

 

CrystalDiskMark

Developed by a Japanese coder that goes by the nickname Hiyohiyo, CrystalDiskMark is one of the most frequent used SSD Benchmark utility to measure SSD’s read and write performance. There’s 2 option for the test data used, compressible (0 fill) and random fill.

Real World Usage

We’ve ran several test that with several SSD with at least 40% capacity occupied with various commonly used software to simulate the real world scenario. For our test, we’re using test data which consists of large and small files, both compressible and incompressible.

For our test with the WD Black 6TB hard drive, the performance of the drive is capped at around 200MB/s. Things looks pretty normal at this point, as it is very unlikely for a mechanical drive to get any faster than that.

As we move on with the test using the ADATA SU800 SSD, we noticed something odd with the write performance. Filling up the Patriot Blast to the brim does takes a toll on its write performance. With 96% of the drive capacity filled with data, the write performance has plummeted drastically.

This however, can be prevented if the maximum use of capacity is kept at 80% or below.

Wrapping up the Patriot Burst review

Performance wise, the Patriot Burst would fit well as a primary drive that doesn’t involves too much data writing to it. The performance drop observed during the test can be a turn-off to many, but it’s not our first, seriously. In fact, similar issues has been observed on some of the ‘OEM drives’ that uses low-cost controllers.

At the price of RM329, the Patriot Burst 240GB will do just right for entry level users with minimal requirements. It is an option for users who desperately need a speed upgrade with a tight budget, literally. If you’re an enthusiasts who needs an SSD that can always perform at its best, you might want to look else where.

Pros

  • Reasonable speed for entry level users
  • Affordable option for users with limited budget
  • Backed by a 3-year limited warranty

Cons

  • Drastic drop in write performance after reaching more than 80% of its maximum capacity

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