In Comes The New Patriot Entry Level P200 SATA SSD
Patriot adds to a market saturated with cheaply priced SSDs with there new P200 series. It serves as an latest entry-level solid-state drives that feature a SATA 6 Gbps interface, storage capacities coming in at 256GB, 5122GB, 1TB and 2TB. Like most SSD's on the market the P200 series, will fall in budget category regarding price and performance.
Patriot pairs an unnamed 3D NAND flash with Silicon Motion SM2258XT four-channel controller for their 256GB, 512GB, and 1TB variants and a Maxiotek MAS090A controller for the larger 2TB capacity model. Though both controllers will not have DRAM, it will fully support SLC caching. The Patriot P200 series SSDs will come in a 2.5-inch form factor measuring just 7mm in height making it compatible with most portable enclosures that include laptops.
When it comes to the performance, the Patriot SSDs is quite impressive for the price point. The rate of the drive goes up to 530 MB/s sequential read, 450 MB/s sequential writes, 90,000 random 4K read IOPS, and 80,000 random write IOPS. Patriot will rate their P200 drives at 160 TBW (256GB model), 320 TBW (512 model), 640 TBW( 1TB model) and 1000 TBW(2TB), all on drive capacity.
The P200 series matches their competitors in regards to prices being reasonably cheap. The 256GB model will go for $31.99, $49.99 for 512GB, $87.99 for 1TB, and $189.99 for the 2TB SSD. A three-year warranty will back all drives.
Now there seems to be some discrepancies in regards to pricing. Various web publications have the Patriot P200 series being much cheaper than the prices I listed in the paragraph above, which is rather odd. Now I took the liberty in trying to find the P200 series exact price point. I discovered only the 256GB and 512GB Patriot P200 SSD's have accurately listed price points on the web and is readily available.
Nonetheless, no matter the price, you're getting decent level performance for the buck. When Patriot do list their prices to all their P200 series SSD's I will post an update via social media.