Patriot Launches External PXD M.2 PCIe Type-C SSDs: Up to 2 TBby Gavin Bonshor on April 21, 2020 5:00 PM EST
Back at CES 2020, we revealed that Patriot Memory was displaying one of its next generation of storage products, the PXD External SSD with USB Type-C. Now available to buy, the PXD M.2 PCIe 3.0 x4 Type-C SSDs are available in a trio of capacities at 512GB, 1TB and 2TB, all featuring an industrial-grade aluminium casing.
The drives support both Windows 10 and Mac OS 10.13, and come inside of a light blue aluminium chassis weighing only 35g. Patriot states that for older operating systems, a driver may be required, but doesn't state which. Bundled with each PXD drive is a Type-C to Type-A cable, meaning the drive can be natively used across many devices including desktop, notebooks, and games console such as the PS5 when it hits release.
As we reported on back at CES, the new Patriot PXD SSDs are based on the Phison PS5013-E13T DRAM-less controller with 3D NAND memory. It uses a USB 3.2 G1 bus which tops out at 10 Gb/s, which is consistent with its reported sequential read speeds of up to 1000 MB/s. It is designed for users looking for a high-speed and lightweight portable storage device, with much faster read and write speeds than conventional USB flash drives, or even portable SATA based SSDs.
The Patriot PXD external PCIe 3.0 Type-C SSDs vary in price, with the 512 GB retailing for $100, the 1 TB for $180, and the largest available model, the 2 TB available for $300. All three models can be purchased at Newegg, while users looking to buy on Amazon will currently experience COVID-19 related delays as the company is prioritizing essential shipments only in some countries. Alternatively, users can purchase the PXD drives directly at the Patriot Web Store.
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eek2121 - Tuesday, April 21, 2020 - linkNice. Any chance of a review?
FastCarsLike - Sunday, April 26, 2020 - linkUnlikely, they're all out of stock on newegg/patriot/amazon. Aka paper launch. They're probably reducing production numbers to artificially jack up the MSRP. Good job patriot!
Tomatotech - Wednesday, April 22, 2020 - linkNice to see these enclosures finally becoming available. I'd rather buy the empty enclosure and put my choice of nvme ssd inside (i.e. whatever I happen to have spare). The random access speeds available are blistering even over early SSDs and can really speed up older computers or laptops. (of course if using as a system drive over USB3, have to think about how to avoid accidental unplugging.)
PeachNCream - Wednesday, April 22, 2020 - linkLike you I would prefer to roll my own when it comes to higher capacity/performance external storage. Anything beyond a cheap thumb drive is something I prefer to put together from my choice of a drive and case so if I later want to take it apart and use the drive in a PC or upgrade to something higher capacity, I know nothing wonky is going on inside that will prevent me from swapping components.
FastCarsLike - Sunday, April 26, 2020 - linkAgreed. QLC nand is so cheap these days, I'd rather put my cold hard cash on NVME drives from reputable manufacturers that have the steel balls to point out the TBW write ratings and warranty coverage up front. Instead of a spotty company like Patriot. Also, big fan of peach n cream bro!
DigitalFreak - Wednesday, April 22, 2020 - link" It uses a USB 3.2 G1 bus which tops out at 10 Gb/s"
That would actually be USB 3.2 G2 :-)
ksec - Wednesday, April 22, 2020 - linkI was expecting the 2TB to be Sub ˜$220. considering it is barely faster than SATAIII SSD.
Tomatotech - Thursday, April 23, 2020 - linkI’d like to buy a ‘barely larger’ ice cream from you if that’s what you think it means. SATA III tops out at 600 MB/s, this does nearly double.
Sequential speed is less important than random raw anyway and NVMe is becoming far faster at random than SATA which was never designed for such things.
FastCarsLike - Sunday, April 26, 2020 - linkAgreed. Basically another #copypaste design with the engineers patting their own backs while marketing parades forward teaching us that round wheels are better than square ones. What will they think of next? At this price point, even the ROG Strix Arion is brain dead better than this garbage product.
vailr - Wednesday, April 22, 2020 - linkThere's no mention of what USB to NVMe interface chip is being used. The "Phison PS5013-E13T controller" is included as part of the NVMe storage module itself, and not this external NVMe housing.
The most important feature in these external NVMe drives is the heat sink design, as they can tend to heat up very quickly. One of the best heat sink designs is the "TDBT M.2 NVMe SSD Enclosure with Heat Sink" which Amazon has for ~$27.