Memory and SSD manufacturer, American company Patriot is reportedly preparing a new SSD based on a new generation of Phison controllers. The controller in question is called Phison S8, and the new drive from Patriot is “Magma.”
Many of you may remember the horrible Phison 3105 performance from Patriot’s TORQX2 SSD.
on this controller earlier today, as TeamGroup also decided to use it for their new A1 affordable SSD line.
While the Phison 3105 is only SATA II-certified, and it is generally only capable to deliver performance well below the 300 MB/s mark, the new Phison S8 is fully SATA III compatible.
The latest firmware version (ver. S8FM0001) can handle data at speeds of around 460 MB/s when reading and 315 MB/s when writing.
This is a whole lot better than Marvell’s 88SE9174 controller inside drives like the Crucial M4
or Intel SSDs using Marvell’s controller.
The max rated speeds for Marvell
’s 88SE9174 controller are 355 MB/s when reading and 215 MB/s when writing.
Considering the performance demonstrated by the previous generation of Phison controllers, we can’t help but look at the S8 in disbelief.
All SSDs based on Marvell’s 88SE9174 controller have proven to be trustworthy and high-performance drives. Actually, Marvell’s previous generation controller offers much more stable performance than the popular SandForce 2281 drives.
Inside Patriot’s new “Magma” solid state drive we can find Toshiba
Toggle Mode Type B NAND flash manufactured in 24nm technology.
We’re curious to see what the rated P/E cycle on Toshiba’s new 24 nm flash is. We’re hoping for at least a 5K rating, but nevertheless a 3K rating on any 128 to 512 GB SSD is enough for the home user.