Patriot this week started sales of its top-of-the-range VPN100-series SSDs. Prototypes of these drives based on the Phison PS5012-E12 controller were demonstrated at CES 2018, but it took the company and its partner quite some time to finalize them. The undertaken efforts paid quite well: the Viper VPN100 promises to be one of the fastest SSDs on the market. To ensure that the drive performs consistently, Patriot equipped it with a large heatsink and an external thermal sensor.

Based on the Phison PS5012-E12 controller, the Patriot Viper VPN100 drives carry 256 GB, 512 GB, 1 TB, or 2 TB of usable 3D TLC NAND flash onboard along with DRAM cache. Being aimed at high-end PCs, the drives feature an M.2-2280 form-factor along with a PCIe 3.1 x4 interface. Given capabilities of the controller, the Viper VPN100 SSDs are NVMe 1.3 compatible, feature a robust LDPC-based ECC engine, SLC caching, and other features that customers come to expect from modern drives.

From performance point of view, the Viper VPN100-series products look quite impressive. The fastest 1 TB model offers sequential read speeds up to 3450 MB/s as well as sequential write speeds of up to 3000 MB/s. As for random read/write performance, we are dealing with an SSD capable of up to 600K read/write IOPS.

Patriot Viper VPN100 SSDs Specifications
Capacity 256 GB
VPN100-256GM28H
512 GB
VPN100-512GM28H
1 TB
VPN100-1TBM28H
2 TB
VPN100-2TBM28H
Controller Phison PS5012-E12
NAND Flash Toshiba 64-layer BiCS3 3D TLC (?)
Interface PCIe 3.1 x4
Form-Factor M.2-2280
Sequential Read 3 GB/s 3.1 GB/s 3.45 GB/s 3.1 GB/s
Sequential Write 1 GB/s 2.2 GB/s 3 GB/s 3 GB/s
Random Read IOPS 250,000 300,000 600,000 500,000
Random Write IOPS 100,000 100,000 600,000 500,000
Idle Power Consumption < 900 mW (?)
PCIe L1.2 Idle < 2 mW (?)
Pseudo-SLC Caching Yes
DRAM Buffer 512 MB
TCG Opal Encryption ?
Warranty 3 years
MSRP at Launch $79.99 $137.99 $244.99 $499.99
Retail Price at Launch $59.99 $94.99 $199.99 ?

To ensure consistent performance even under high loads that might get the SSD controller very hot, Patriot equipped its Viper VPN100 drives with a large aluminum heatsink featuring six rather thick fins. The radiator will naturally prevent these SSDs from being installed into high-performance laptops, but this is a tradeoff that the manufacturer decided to take. Furthermore, the SSDs feature an external power sensor (in addition to the one integrated into the controller) to better monitor temperatures of the device. It was unclear if the heatsink would block a GPU if placed in the M.2 slot above a PCIe slot.

All Patriot Viper VPN100-series drives are backed by a three-year warranty. The Viper VPN100 256 GB carries an MSRP of $79.99, the 512 GB version features a recommended price of $137.99, the 1 TB model costs $244.99, whereas the top-of-the-range 2 TB SKU is priced at $499.99. Meanwhile, retailers like Amazon and Newegg already offer the new SSDs with tangible discounts.

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  • stephenbrooks - Saturday, March 30, 2019 - link

    Prices for 2TB SSDs aren't so absurd any more - and this one is fast. Hope to see more like this. Reply
  • TomKansasCity - Saturday, March 30, 2019 - link

    This drive is over-priced, no seriously, it is. The Inland Premium 1TB NVMe is the same exact drive from the same exact Taiwanese Factory using the Phison E12 controller. And it's only $134.99. Microcenter has them in stock. I've bought several already. It does not need a heatsink. The recent 12.2 firmware actually reduced temps down into high 50's C from the initial 70's C some of these drives were seeing. There are several of the OEM drives coming to market now under different names. This drive is within 1% of the Samsung 970 Pro and Samsung 970 EVO Plus. There is also a huge thread on Phison E12 controller SSD's on HardOCP Forums. Reply
  • PeachNCream - Saturday, March 30, 2019 - link

    HardOCP is difficult to read at times due to a small, but vocally political group of people there. When I just want to read about and discuss technology, its a bit discouraging to have to scroll through lots of American politics BS. Reply
  • TomKansasCity - Saturday, March 30, 2019 - link

    First of all, don't thread crap. If you have a personal agenda and vendetta with someone you really need to keep that private. It does not belong here. Secondly, I've been on those forums for 21 years. They do not allow political discussions let alone off top discussions. So I am not sure why you would come on here, again, off topic and lie. You're doing all of us, this community a disservice. The very thing you're attempting to complain about, you, yourself are engaging in. Reply
  • bug77 - Saturday, March 30, 2019 - link

    I don't know what's going on, I haven't followed HardForums, but other people have complained about the hostility over there. It may not be widespread or intended even, but it seems not everybody is comfortable with that atmosphere. Reply
  • flyingpants265 - Sunday, March 31, 2019 - link

    Jesus... who cares? Reply
  • PeachNCream - Sunday, March 31, 2019 - link

    Wow, sorry for poking a soft spot and triggering a personal attack, but this is the exact sort of thing I'm talking about. Reply
  • flyingpants265 - Sunday, March 31, 2019 - link

    Just walk away from the screen. No problem. Reply
  • piroroadkill - Monday, April 1, 2019 - link

    Here are the facts: he was just trying to offer some technical information about the SSD, it was you who randomly started attacking the forums where this was discussed. There was no reason to bring that up. Reply
  • PeachNCream - Monday, April 1, 2019 - link

    I don't see how a comment about the hostility at [H] is a "random attack." Reply

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