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Patriot Viper VPN100 1TB SSD Review

Rating: 8.0.

It’s been a very long time since we last looked at a Patriot NVMe SSD – it was actually the Hellfire from way back in 2017 to be exact. Today, however, we can present our review of Patriot’s latest SSD, the VPN100, which sits in the company’s Viper Gaming portfolio. Is it up to snuff when compared against the competition?

The Viper VPN100 range consists of four capacities, the entry 256GB model, 512GB, 1TB (the drive we are looking at here) and a flagship 2TB drive. The first thing you notice about the drive is the massive, well engineered passive cooler that comes attached to it.

At the heart of the VPN100 sits a Phison PS5012-E12 controller. The PS5012-E12 is Phison’s second generation PCIe Gen3 x4 NVMe controller. The 8-channel controller is built on a TSMC 28nm process and has been designed to work with TLC and QLC NAND technologies with support for Phison’s SmartECC and the latest LDPC (Low-Density Parity Check) error correction as well as AES256, TCG OPAL and TCG Pyrite hardware encryption support. With 8 NAND channels and 32 NAND chip enable lines, the maximum amount of NAND the controller can support is 8TB.

Patriot quote Sequential performance figures for the 1TB drive as up to 3,450MB/s for reads and up to 3,000MB/s for writes. The quoted 4K random read/write figures for the 1TB are very impressive at up to 700,000 IOPS for both reads and writes.

The 1TB VPN100’s endurance is rated at 1665TB TBW and Patriot backs the drive with a 3-year warranty.

Physical Specifications:
Usable Capacities: 1TB.
NAND Components: Toshiba 3D TLC.
NAND Controller:  Phison PS5012-E12.
Cache: 1GB.
Interface: PCIe Gen3 x4 NVMe 1.3.
Form Factor: M.2 2280.
Dimensions: 22 x 80 x 10.5mm.
Drive Weight: 45g.

Firmware Version: ECFM12.1

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