Overall and Final Verdict
So what is the Patriot Ignite all about? Well testing the Ignite M2 was a bit of a roller coaster. Every read benchmark I ran impressed me in some way shape or form. In some benchmarks it actually out performed all of the other SATA drives then others it performed well but slightly below its normal Ignite brother. Then for write speeds I was extremely disappointed with the sequential write speeds but then later it performed closer to the completion (while admittedly still not amazing).
You may have noticed that I didn’t compare the Ignite M2 to the PCIe based drives in our testing. Well for one this drive has a completely different focus, this is for people who need a SATA based M.2 drive. But on top of that this drive is in a completely different price bracket. It’s not really fair to compare it to drives that are 2 and 5 times as expensive, especially when they use different interfaces.
So while the performance on the Ignite M2 was a little hit and miss, where I can see it being of great use is in small form factor builds where every inch of space is needed. In those builds we can get good performance in a package that basically hides right up against your motherboard under everything else. That space could mean additional cooling room or an even smaller case.
As for the 3 year warranty, I have to mention it because I would much prefer to see a 5 year. I still think the Ignite M2 is a good buy. With the 480GB drive at just over $200 you are getting an M.2 based drive for around 43 cents a gig. The 2.5 inch Ignite is still a better value if you have the room for it but if not the Ignite M2 might be the drive for you.
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