Storage specialist Patriot has announced its first Thunderbolt 3-connected Non-Volatile Memory Express (NVMe) external solid state drive (SSD), handily promising to beat rival Samsung's pricing but at a considerable cost to performance.
Samsung announced the high-speed Portable SSD X5 late last month, promising a Thunderbolt 3 connection to Non-Volatile Memory Express (NVMe) internals at speeds of up to 2,800MB/s. Now, rival Patriot has fired back with its own equivalent device - and is considerably undercutting Samsung's pricing.
The Patriot Evlvr, the company explains, is powered by a Phison E8 PCI Express (PCIe) controller linked to Non-Volatile Memory Express (NVMe) - a combination which give it a considerably boosted throughput compared with traditional SATA-based external SSDs. According to the company's internal testing, the drive - capacity-dependent - can reach sequential read speeds of 1,600MB/s and sequential write speeds of up to 1,000MB/s. While impressive, these figures lag behind the promised 2,800MB/s sequential read and 2,300MB/s sequential write of Samsung's equivalent.
Where Patriot has an edge, though, is pricing: The company has confirmed US pricing for the drives at $299.99 for 512GB and $499.99 for 1TB, putting them $100 and $200 below Samsung's prices for equivalent capacities respectively. The Patriot drives only come with a two-year manufacturer's warranty, however, to the three years offered by Samsung.
The Patriot Evlvr family is available now in the US, with UK pricing and availability yet to be confirmed.
February 26 2021 | 22:15