Patriot joins the PCIe SSD party with its Hellfire drives

— 9:48 AM on January 5, 2016

Consumer-grade PCIe SSDs have mostly been a two-player game for a while, with Intel and Samsung drives being the primary choices for most enthusiasts.  Now, US-based Patriot Memory is joining the party with its Hellfire PCIe SSDs, available in both M.2 and add-in card flavors.

The Hellfire M.2 SSD operates on a PCIe 3.0 x4 link, and it's NVMe 1.2 compliant. Phison 5007 controllers push the bits to and from MLC NAND in this drive. Patriot says this drive can hit read and write speeds of 2500 MB/s and 600 MB/s, respectively. Buyers will get the choice of 240GB, 480GB, and 960GB capacities.

Those wishing for even more oomph in the storage department can take a look at the Hellfire PCIe AIC. This drive comes in standard PCIe 3.0 x4 add-in-card form factor. Patriot claims sequential read speeds of 3000 MB/s and sequential writes of 2200 MB/s. Yowza. Much like its M.2 brother, it'll be available in 240GB, 480GB, and 960GB versions. You'll be able to get your hands on these drives by "the end of Q1."

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