Patriot Viper VPN100 NVMe drives pack a wallop at affordable prices

Patriot may be best known for its RAM products, but its M.2 SSDs have been a hit around the TR labs for quite a while, too. The component maker has expanded its SSD family by four with the announcement of the Viper VPN100 series of gumsticks with big, meaty heatsinks.

Just look at the size of that…cooler.

That slab of metal hides a Phison E12 controller backed by 512 MB of cache and up to two full terabytes of NAND. Unfortunately, Patriot's data sheets for the VPN100 tell us neither what kind of NAND nor the drive's write endurance rating. The Phison controller does get a full four lanes of PCI-Express connectivity, though.

Patriot rates the 2 TB version's sequential reads and writes at 3100 MB/s. Peak random 4-kilobyte reads and writes for that capacity top out at a substantial 500K IOPs. Those figures fall off once you get down to 512 GB or 256 GB; the smallest drive is only rated for 1000 MB/sec sequential writes. Patriot says the enormous heatsink will help keep the flash cool and performance consistent. An external thermal sensor should help ensure the drive doesn't overheat. 

Patriot backs all versions of the VPN100 with a three-year warranty. These drives are already available at e-tail, too. Newegg lists the drives at $70 for the 256 GB version, $110 for 512 GB, and $200 for 1 TB. Amazon has the smaller drives available: $60 for 256 GB and $95 for 512 GB.

Ben Funk

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    • confusedpenguin
    • 7 months ago

    That sucks. I was about to order one and the 1TB version is all sold out. 🙁 Ended up forking out over 250 bucks just now for a 1TB Samsung 970 EVO Plus.

    • ronch
    • 7 months ago

    I thought these come with one year free security.

    • Chrispy_
    • 7 months ago

    Is the heatsink removable?

    Not that I’m complaining about bonus cooling, but a non-trivial number of m.2 slots are not in great places for a larger heatsink.

    If this were put in an M.2 slot under a PCIe slot, it could obstruct graphics card cooling by blocking off the GPU heatsink, hurting the GPU’s airflow.

    If someone wanted to put this in a PCIe slot on the back side of a motherboard, they’re out of luck, by the looks of it.

      • JustAnEngineer
      • 7 months ago

      I recently installed one of [url=https://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835719002<]these[/url<], which looks similar. There isn't a lot of room, but it [b<]does[/b<] fit under the graphics card and the CPU cooler.

      • Anonymous Coward
      • 7 months ago

      Related: is that actually an effective heatsink design? (Effective, specifically, for dissipating heat.)

        • Waco
        • 7 months ago

        If the fins weren’t capped it’d be a lot more efficient.

      • Norphy
      • 7 months ago

      [quote<]Not that I'm complaining about bonus cooling, but a non-trivial number of m.2 slots are not in great places for a larger heatsink.[/quote<] If you want to put it in a laptop, you're completely out of luck.

      • derFunkenstein
      • 7 months ago

      Patriot has zero photos of this thing without the heatsink, which made it impossible to even guess at the type of NAND aboard. My guess is that it’s adhered to the stick but we didn’t have one to play with.

      • LostCat
      • 7 months ago

      OG NVMe Black had overheating problems due to lack of sink. I don’t plan to run an NVMe drive without one, personally.

    • Chaserx
    • 7 months ago

    It seems that price seems to be mixed with performance these days.

    When you read manufacturer’s (and some reviewer’s claims) something like this: “STELLAR PERFORMANCE (for the price). But in reality, the only noticeable thing that has improved with all these cheaper “high end” NVMe SSDs is only the price.

    • Goty
    • 7 months ago

    Prices don’t look too bad and the Phison E12 is a good-not-great performer, so maybe not a bad product. Points docked for talking about keeping the flash cool rather than the controller, though.

    • willmore
    • 7 months ago

    $200 for 1TB gets you high end NVME and $100 for 1TB gets you low end NVME.

    Nice to see we have a good selection range for performance!

      • Srsly_Bro
      • 7 months ago

      If you’re not first, you’re last, bro.

        • DancinJack
        • 7 months ago

        This is accurate.

        • Waco
        • 7 months ago

        If you don’t chew Big Red then &*$% you!

    • cmrcmk
    • 7 months ago

    But why is it called “VPNxxx”?

      • Neutronbeam
      • 7 months ago

      That name came about through the geenyus of Marketing. Bad, uncreative marketing.

        • Waco
        • 7 months ago

        ViPer Nand. 😛

          • LostCat
          • 7 months ago

          Well, Viper Patriot NVMe most likely. Their other products use similar branding.

      • Takeshi7
      • 7 months ago

      Maybe they include a VPN subscription as a bonus?

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