Patriot Burst Elite (960GB) is an affordable 2.5-inch solid-state drive with a 6Gbps SATA III interface. In addition, it supports Trim and Wear Leveling technologies and is compatible with Windows 10, Mac OS X, and Linux 2.4. In this review, we’ll find out what else is interesting about the product and what speeds the user can expect.

The box

The product is delivered in a disposable cardboard box with a visible blister window on the front. Through the latter, the user can familiarize himself with the appearance of the product without having to take it out of the box.

In addition to the part of the Burst Elite design that is visible through the aforementioned blister, there is a lot of useful technical data on the walls, which will help you to answer technical questions about the model’s “skills”.

Patriot Burst Elite - SATA SSD with Phison S11 controller

Information from the box

So, what’s interesting on the front wall? There is a note HIGH PERFORMANCE, which means “high performance”, as well as 7 mm, which is the thickness of the case. In addition, the SATA generation and form factor are indicated right next to it. Another interesting thing on the front is a sticker with technical information about the media: capacity, name, labeling, manufacturer’s website address, and other interesting “trivia”.

The back wall contains the product passport in several languages, the addresses of the brand’s official pages on social networks and You Tube, and labeling. There are also addresses of the head offices in Europe, Asia, and the United States, information about the country of manufacture, and a note on computer compatibility. Regarding the last, let’s say, “point,” we are talking primarily about desktop PCs. However, a considerable number of modern laptops can also offer a “seat” for media of the appropriate format.

The scope of delivery

As for the package, the user will find only the product itself inside. Given the comprehensive technical information on the box walls and the sticker on the front, there is no need for additional introductory documentation. As for the warranty insert, it is a receipt that certifies the official nature of the purchase. The warranty, let me remind you, is 3 years.

Specifications of Patriot Burst Elite (960GB)

Specifications of Patriot Burst Elite (960GB)

  • safety certificates – CE/FCC/RoHS;
  • weight – 46 g;
  • Dimensions: 100x69x7 mm;
  • Phison S11 controller;
  • static and dynamic wear leveling;
  • control of faulty units;
  • low power consumption management;
  • Smart Zip;
  • MTBF: >2,000,000 hours;
  • 4K Aligned Random Read – up to 60K IOPs;
  • 4K aligned random recording – up to 60K IOP;
  • sequential reading (ATTO) – up to 560 MB/s;
  • sequential recording (ATTO) – up to 540 MB/s;
  • operating voltage – 5V;
  • operating temperature – 0 ~ 70°C.

Case materials

Patriot Burst Elite (960GB) is a solid-state drive in a metal case. It’s easy to see – the top wall and side edges are one solid plate. In turn, the bottom panel seems to be “put on” the main body.

The panel with the corresponding connection interface is plastic. It is easy to notice the presence of the corresponding contact pad on it.

Quality of assembly

As for the quality of assembly, there are no questions here. Yes, we have a classic version, but there are no problems with the quality. I also like the presence of metal in the case more, because it is both better heat dissipation and much better reliability. Although the case here is quite thin, the panels do not bend or push through. As a result, we have a win-win situation, where equal attention was paid to both the case materials and the level of fit of the parts.

Versions with memory capacity

According to the manufacturer’s official website, Patriot Burst Elite is available in the following versions with the following volumes:

  • 120GB (PBU120GS25SSDR);
  • 240GB (PBU240GS25SSDR);
  • 480GB (PBU480GS25SSDR);
  • 960GB (PBU960GS25SSDR);
  • 1.92TB (PBU192TS25SSDR).

Ergonomics

The front panel has a sticker with a bunch of different technical information: product name, labeling, capacity, country of manufacture, form factor, SATA class, and much more.

As such, there is no warranty seal on the case. However, its absence should not mislead you – if the integrity of the case is damaged, it will be noticed if you contact a service center. As for the consequences, I’m sure there’s no need to say anything more.

There are slots with internal threads along the perimeter of the bottom panel, as well as on the side walls – all these are “elements” of media mounting in the corresponding “seat” of a desktop PC or a laptop.

Everything has already been said above about the corresponding interface panel with power supply.

Controller and memory

There is the Phison S11 controller under the hood of Patriot Burst Elite. This solution has one ARM core. The IOPS rate is up to 50,000. Besides, there is a small integrated buffer on board. Another feature of Phison S11 is the ability to work only with TCL memory.

When I “scanned” the media with CrystalDiskInfo, I found out the following:

  • standard – ACS-2IACS2 Revision 3;
  • support for standards – S.M.A.R.T., NCQ, TRIM and GPL;
  • transfer type – SATA/600ISATA/600.

There is the Phison S11 controller under the hood of Patriot Burst Elite

The test bench

To test the media speeds, we used a PC running Windows 10 Home. The configuration is as follows:

  • motherboard – ASUS PRIME B660-PLUS D4 (90MB18X0-M1EAY0);
  • processor – Intel Core i5-12400F 2.5GHz/18MB (BX8071512400F) s1700 BOX;
  • RAM – Goodram IRDM X 2×8 GB;
  • HDD – Western Digital Blue 1TB;
  • video card – MSI GeForce GTX 960;
  • Deepcool DQ750ST power supply.

Test results

You can find the official figures for this “account” in the corresponding table of characteristics. As for our results, they are described below.

Expert opinion

Unfortunately, Patriot Burst Elite doesn’t have the most modern controller inside. However, the price is quite attractive. And add quite good speeds, stable media operation, moderate heating, and support for all the necessary service options. So in the end, you will get an objectively excellent offer for upgrading your PC or laptop.

The estimated cost of Patriot Burst Elite is 1950 UAH ($52).

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