Patriot Hellfire PCIe M.2 Solid State Drive Review

Patriot Hellfire Overview
Getting a first look at the Patriot Hellfire the main side is covered by a large sticker that tell us the model number which is PH480GPM280SSDR and it tells us if we remove the sticker we will void our warranty. The drive is a M.2 2280 (80 mm long) drive with a M Key connector.

Patriot Hellfire

Flipping over to the other side of the drive you’ll find two NAND chips. These are Toshiba 15nm MLC NAND chips. MLC, or multi-level cell NAND memory is more reliable than TLC NAND, but is not as durable as SLC NAND. Each one of the NAND packages is 128GB in capacity.

Patriot Hellfire

If we flip back over to the main side of the SSD and remove the sticker it reveals two more NAND chips, the controller, and a cache chip.

Patriot Hellfire

The controller that Patriot is making use of is the Phison PS5007-E7. This controller has a PCI-Express 3.0 x4 interface and 8 channels for NAND access. Phison had originally intended this controller to be used for enterprise, but Samsung’s controllers raised the bar for this controller to be considered high-end. As you can see this drive does not have a heatsink, we will see if heat becomes an issue as we get into testing.

Patriot Hellfire

The final chip on the Hellfire is a 512MB Nanya DDR3L package.

Patriot Hellfire

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