“The Spark is a perfect entry level drive for those users looking to add a boost to their system,“ said Les Henry, Patriot’s VP of Engineering. “As many companies are just now coming out with their first generation TLC SSDs, the Spark is Patriot’s second-generation TLC SSD Line.”
The Patriot Spark ships in three capacities ranging from 128GB to 512GB. We only have the 512GB drive to test. The Spark 512GB featured a $104.99 MSRP when Patriot released it last May. The NAND shortage has increased SSD pricing dramatically, and the Spark 512GB currently sells at Amazon for $154.99. It comes with a 3-year warranty and impressive specifications. The drive can achieve up to 560/540 MB/s of sequential read/write performance. The Spark series works with Patriot's SSD Toolbox software, but you have to download it from Patriot's website.
- Phison S11 Series Controller
- Integrated 32MB SDRAM on controller
- SATA3 6Gbps/SATA2 3Gbps
- TRIM support (O/S dependent)
- Static and dynamic wear leveling
- Bad block management
- Low power management
- Operating Temperature – 0° ~ 70°C
- Native Command Queuing (NCQ) – Up to 32 commands
- ECC Recovery: Up to 120bits/2KB
- MTBF: 2,000,000 hours
The other products in this review all use a quarter-length printed circuit board with two or four NAND packages. The Spark 512GB uses a three-quarter length PCB with eight NAND packages for increased parallelism. That should equate to higher performance, barring any issues with the small 32MB cache built into the Phison S11 controller.
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