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Patriot Shows Hellfire And Viper SSDs At CES

Patriot is ready to release three new SSDs in early 2016 that are all geared for mainstream and enthusiast PC users. The company was one of the early suppliers of low-cost flash-based storage, like many of the others that specialize in memory packages used to store data. With NAND flash abundant again, Patriot has increased its focus on flash products and will again look to deliver cost effective products to end users.

Phison just announced that the PS5007-E7 entered the final phase of performance tuning and should be ready for consumer consumption by March. Patriot plans to be one of the early suppliers of E7-based products to end users. The Hellfire SSD will continue the company's fire-themed product line that started with the Wildfire back in 2011.

The Hellfire will feature an M.2 interface and ship in either a 2280 or 22110 form factor. Patriot displayed a 22110 drive but suspects the 480 GB capacity size will shrink to a smaller form factor for retail availability. The drive delivers a blistering 2,500 MB/s sequential read speed that is fast enough to satisfy all users. The current specifications sheet shows a sequential write speed of just 600 MB/s, but this may increase.

Patriot's other new SSD is a bit of a mystery, but we will have more information later. The Viper SSD will feature a new Phison two-channel controller called S11. The controller is said to deliver up to 550 MB/s sequential read and 500 MB/s sequential write speeds. We should know more about the new drive in the coming months, but for now, Phison and Patriot are holding the details close to the vest in Vegas. You gotta know when to hold em and know when to fold em...

Chris Ramseyer is a Contributing Editor for Tom's Hardware, covering Storage. Follow him on Twitter and Facebook. Follow Tom's Hardware on Twitter, Facebook and Google+.

  • DookieDraws
    Know when to walk away
    Know when to run
    You never count your money
    When you're sittin' at the table
    There'll be time enough for countin'
    When the dealin's done

    Ah, man, That Buck Rogers song is a classic! :P
    Reply
  • Mac266
    Know when to walk away
    Know when to run
    You never count your money
    When you're sittin' at the table
    There'll be time enough for countin'
    When the dealin's done

    Ah, man, That Buck Rogers song is a classic! :P

    A classic, yes. However, I don't see what it has to do with the article XD
    Reply
  • CRamseyer
    CES takes place in Las Vegas.
    Reply
  • DookieDraws
    Know when to walk away
    Know when to run
    You never count your money
    When you're sittin' at the table
    There'll be time enough for countin'
    When the dealin's done

    Ah, man, That Buck Rogers song is a classic! :P

    A classic, yes. However, I don't see what it has to do with the article XD

    Last line of the author's article may provide a hint. I was just finishing what the author started, man. :)
    Reply
  • spentshells
    Kenny Rogers, not buck rogers sings that song... you are thinking of buck owens
    Reply
  • DookieDraws
    17297397 said:
    Kenny Rogers, not buck rogers sings that song... you are thinking of buck owens

    :lol:

    I know, I was being silly, bud.
    Reply
  • epobirs
    Plus, it's a cover.

    Those write speeds are awful for an M.2 x4 drive. Unless the price is something special, I cannot imagine why they expect anyone to buy this.
    Reply
  • DrakeFS
    Those write speeds are awful for an M.2 x4 drive. Unless the price is something special, I cannot imagine why they expect anyone to buy this.

    I was thinking the same thing, the 950 Pro M.2 is nearly 3x faster on writes but if the Hellfire is a lot cheaper there is a use case for this drive.

    It will all come down to price.
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  • CRamseyer
    I can only go by the numbers provided. Patriot either plans to bring this to market with TLC flash or it should say 1600 MB/s. All of the MLC-based E7 drives claim 1600 MB/s sequential write speeds.
    Reply