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Patriot Viper VP4300 2TB SSD Review

 

The drive comes in a stout, compact box finished in matt red and black, with a large image of the drive on the front along with the two heatsinks that come with the drive. Below the image are the Sequential speed figures for the drive: up to 7,400MB/s reads and up to 6,800MB/s for writes. Under these figures is a sticker displaying the drive’s capacity. The rear of the box is covered by multilingual lists, highlighting a few of the drive’s specifications.

The front of the box is actually a hinged cover, opening it reveals the drive sitting in its plastic protection shell, either side of which are repeated the Sequential performance figures. The rear of the cover has marketing text about the drive, including the fact it comes with two styles of heatsink, a thin graphene one for notebook installations and a bulkier aluminium one more suited to desktops.

Built on a 2280 M.2 format, the 2TB VP4300 uses a 10-layer PCB (to provide better signal integrity for improved stability) and is a double-sided design, i.e. components on both sides of the PCB. One side of the PCB holds the Innogrit IG5236 controller, two 3D TLC NAND packages and a DDR4 cache IC. On the other side of the board are another couple of NAND packages and a second DDR4 cache chip.

We've never come across an Innogrit controller before but the IG5236 is an 8-channel controller that can handle up to 8TB of MLC, TLC or QLC NAND.

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