Patriot Scorch 256GB PCIe NVMe M.2 SSD Review

Final Thoughts and Conclusion

Initially when I was proposed to review this drive, I was excited because I was getting another SSD to review, I like reviewing them.  Then I found out that it was going to be a 256GB and smaller SSD’s are always slower, I wanted at least a 512GB or a 1TB as to keep up with the WD and not make the Patriot drive look so bad.  They sent me the 256GB instead….

Check out my review overview before we get into the Pros and Cons

With that and all you have read above, let’s see if you agree with my pros and cons.


  • No drivers required
  • VERY Affordable Drive
  • Very Fast for the price
  • Nice warranty, 3 years
  • Keep relatively cool without heatpads


  • Does not meet its rated speed specs.
    • Write Speeds are lacking
    • Read Speeds on par
  • Does not include any software to potentially improve performance or a diagnostic suite.

Actually, I was incredibly surprised to find that the 256GB actually held its own pretty well.  The drive does VERY well on writes, but fumbles on the reads, would the 512GB have done better?  The 256GB drive has Sequential Read speeds of up to 1700MB/s and write speeds of up to 780MB/s while the 512GB had read speeds of up to 1700MB and Write Speeds of up to 950MB/s.  This tells me that it would have torn the WD Black 512GB even more on writes, but still leaving a little left to be desired on reads.  I do have to say, performance varies from board to board, but I have to write on what I experienced.

So we have performance, it was not 100%, but it was pretty close to it, but the other aspect is pricing.  The Scorch is only $42.99 while the WD Black 512GB is $173.49.  The price is great, though it is a 256GB compared to a 512GB, but the 512GB version of the scorch is only $78 on Amazon (at the time of this review), so that makes it that much more amazing.  $100 dollars cheaper for a comparable drive.

The Scorch keeps its price so low, because it is using the x2 controller version of the Phison 5008 E8 NVMe 1.2 while the WD Black 512GB drive is using Marvell’s 88SS1093 a x4 controller with NVMe 1.1 Support.  X4 supports speeds up to 32Gbps while x2 supports speeds up to 16Gbps.  To keep costs down and make it more attractive, they had to make some sacrifices.

With its cost, speed and warranty, the only issue is that it does not keep up with the performance it promised but for the price, I don’t think it’s a bad option.  It keeps cooler than the other drives I have tested but does not included additional software, though not many people would use it anyway.  This is not marketed as a performance drive, but it does have decent performance.

Great job Patriot, while this may not be a performance drive you still get some pep out of it but you do definitely have a huge value on here, even for the 512GB drive.  With all this, I award the Patriot Scorch 256GB PCIe NVMe M.2 SSD an 8.9 out of 10.

What do you guys think, please let me know in the comments below or in the videos, I would love to know.

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Iggy Castillo
I have spent many years in the PC boutique name space as Product Development Engineer for Alienware and later Dell through Alienware's acquisition and finally Velocity Micro. During these years I spent my time developing new configurations, products and technologies with companies such as AMD, Asus, Intel, Microsoft, NVIDIA and more. The Arts, Gaming, New & Old technologies drive my interests and passion. Now as my day job, I am an IT Manager but doing reviews on my time and my dime.
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