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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Source: Patriot

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  • IlllI - Wednesday, May 1, 2019 - link

    lol you haven't been reading the [H] news forum then. At least once a week a forum topic seems to contort into a political bitch fest. Reply
  • M@tt4.0 - Saturday, April 27, 2019 - link

    Inland Premium 1TB (https://www.microcenter.com/product/600422/1tb-3d-...
    3.1/1.9 GBps Read/Write

    Patriot Viper VPN100 (https://docs.wixstatic.com/ugd/20c502_1b35fbb645d9...
    3.45/3.0 GBps Read/Write

    That could justify the price difference...

    What's your opinion in the specs?
    Reply
  • M@tt4.0 - Saturday, April 27, 2019 - link

    on* the specs Reply
  • jfraser - Monday, May 13, 2019 - link

    I found the Patriot VPN100 1TB on NewEgg for $150. I couldn't find the Inland Premium 1TB NVME on NewEgg, but I found it for a few different prices on Amazon, ranging from $128.99 to $200. Reply
  • coburn_c - Saturday, March 30, 2019 - link

    I thought Sarah Connor destroyed this thing in a vat of molten steel? Reply
  • drajitshnew - Monday, April 1, 2019 - link

    :-), :-) :-) Reply
  • skisummitco - Sunday, March 31, 2019 - link

    I am definitely looking forward to a full review of this drive and possibly some of the other cheaper drives that use the Phison PS5012-E12 controller. Reply
  • JanW1 - Monday, April 1, 2019 - link

    Did Patriot just buy ad space looking like a product announcement article on AnandTech? This entire text reads like it was written by the Patriot marketing department. I have gotten used to some copy and paste from the press releases, but this is on a different level entirely, or so it seems to me. Reply
  • Opencg - Monday, April 1, 2019 - link

    im not sure if adding the sentence "Currently the drives write endurance is unclear." would just bloat the article or not. a quick search of all the articles about this drive and the whole first page doesnt really have any additional info. Reply
  • drajitshnew - Monday, April 1, 2019 - link

    @ billy how come we are increasingly seeing incomplete specifications from THIS site. A query for TCG-opal/SED, & no mention of endurance whatsoever. I have been following anandtech since 2000, and it is disappointing that it simply publishes the press release.
    a suggestion: if you do simply publish a press release add a small disclaimer, that no editorial additions were done.
    Reply

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