Patriot VIPER VPN100 M.2. NVMe SSD(512 GB)
Late March Patriot announced its Viper VPN100 M.2 SSD, intended to be a properly fast NVMe drive based on a good price. We had the opportunity to test the 512GB model. This M.2. NVMe SSD was built with Toshiba and Phison components. The VIPER VPN100 is an M.2 2280 SSD with a storage capacity available at 256GB / 512GB / 1TB or 2TB. The drive uses PCIe Gen3 with 4 lanes, and according to the manufacturer, this series achieves read speeds of up to 3450 MB/s and write speeds of up to 3000 MB/s. The TBW values for this SSD are between 380 TB for the 256 GB version, and up to 3115 TB for 2 the TB version.
“Traditional NVMe SSDs have a performance restriction to maintain a workable operating thermal condition which can limit Read and Write data transfer speeds. To address this, the VPN100 M.2 SSD is designed with an External Thermal Sensor to monitor internal temperatures and prevent the risk of overheating. Aiming to decrease performance drops, VPN100 features a built-in aluminum heatshield with 6 thermal fins for providing excellent thermal dissipation under any heavy loads. The VPN100 is equipped with superior performance and maximum reliability, becoming the best solution for the all-in-one PC kits and high-performance gaming PC builds.” Will, that really help?
“Viper VPN100 delivers exceptional sequential Read and Write performance with up to 3,450 MB/s Read speed (for 1TB model) and 3,000MB/s Write speed. The drive also provides up to 600K random-read and random-write IOPs (for 1TB model) for massive throughput, such as 4K Aligned Random Read and Writes optimize the SSD for multi-threaded and data-intensive applications when the system is accessing multiple applications at once and even loading game data.”
The SSDs have been fitted with Toshiba NAND (64-layer) and an 8-channel Phison NVMe v1.3 controller. The drive follows a normal M.2 2280 (8cm) form factor so it will fit on most ATX motherboards capable of M.2 just fine. You can purchase the 512GB model for about 100 USD, and it should represent better value than the ~250 GB range. Patriot offers a decent 3-year warranty on this product. Let’s have a look at the VPN100 model, shall we?