Patriot Announces Ignite Series M2 SATA Solid-State Drive

Patriot Memory has launched a new version of their Ignite solid state drive, the Patriot Ignite M2 SSD with up to 480GB capacity. The M.2  form factor makes this drive perfect for ultrabooks, notebooks and ultra-compact PC’s, but they’re also great for high-end gaming PCs with onboard connector. The M.2 slot has at least 10Gb/s at its disposal allowing for impeccable start up times and instant access to data and installed programs.

The Patriot Ignite M2 is a standard gum stick shaped NGFF 2280 casefree module, making it compact and universally usable with almost any M2 capable device. The Ignite M2 can achieve sequential speeds up to 560MB/s while reading and 320MB/s writing and the 4KB random read and write ratings go up to 90 and 70K IOPS.

“We are happy to announce the Ignite M2 addition to our family of SSD products,” Said Les Henry, VP of Engineering at Patriot. “With the Ignite M2, Patriot now offers a full range of SSDs, from 2.5″ SATA 3, to mSATA and now M.2. The Ignite M2 drives are the perfect storage solution for those looking to build/upgrade their small form factor PCs.”

The drive is using MLC NAND, 256MB DRAM Cache per 240GB capacity, and it is powered by a Phison S10 controller. It’s using the SATA interface over the PCIe, but it makes the drive compatible with more devices. Windows Vista and newer as well as Linux are mentioned as supported operating systems. Feature wise it brings end-to-end data protection (ETEP), advanced wear-leveling, advanced Garbage collection, TRIM, NCQ, smartECC, and Smart Refresh.

Patriot is backing the drive with a three-year warranty and it’s also available as a 240GB model next to the 480GB. The MTBF is rated at 2 million hours.

The Ignite M2 SSD will be available at the beginning of May at select online and in-store retailers such as Fry’s Electronics, Amazon and Newegg for a starting MSRP of $109.99 for the 240GB model and $209.99 for the 480GB model.