We are slowly getting into what I call the second-generation of PCI-Express 4.0 NVMe solid state drives. The first generation were primarily powered by Phison’s E16 controller and maxed out around 5000 MB/s. Patriot’s own Viper VP4100 was one of those drives. With the second generation they are back with the Viper VP4300 which is powered by the Innogrit IG5236 PCIe 4.0 controller with 96-layer TLC NAND. The 2TB version of the drive that we are testing today boasts speeds of 7400 MB/s read and 6800 MB/s write! The drive also comes with two different cooling options and a 5-year warranty, let’s take a look!
• Read Speeds: 7400MB/s – Write Speeds 6800MB/s
• Built with the latest Innogrit IG5236 Gen4 x 4
• Capacities: Up to 2TB
• Two optional heatshields included:
Aluminum heatshield & Graphene heatshield
• Thermal throttling technology
• Operating Temperature: 0 ~ 70°C
• Terrabytes Written (TBW): up to 2000TB
• 4K Aligned Random Read: up to 800K IOPs
• 4K Aligned Random Write: up to 800K IOPs
• Sequential Read (ATTO): up to 7,400MB/s
• Sequential Write (ATTO): up to 6,800MB/s
• Sequential Read (CDM): up to 7,400MB/s
• Sequential Write (CDM): up to 6,800MB/s
• O/S Supported: Windows® 7*/8.0*/8.1/10
The Viper VP4300 comes in Patriot’s typical retail packaging. On the front there is a picture of the drive and it lists the speed as well as the capacity. Flipping over to the back there is information on the drive in a few different languages.
The front of the box sort of opens up like a book so you can get a look at the drive. There is also more information on the drive as well. Getting everything out of the box we have the VP4300 drive, a heatsink, graphene heatshield, and quick start guide.