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Patriot Viper VPR400 SSD Review: Attractive RGB, but Costly

Perfect for RGB-enamored gamers

Patriot Viper VPR400
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Tom's Hardware Verdict

The Patriot Viper VPR400 uses a good hardware foundation with a heatsink and bright RGB lighting added on top. Its performance, warranty, and software support are all strong points, but it comes at a steep price, making it more of a fashion piece.

Pros

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    Good all-around performance

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    RGB sync and software support

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    Good warranty

Cons

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    Quite expensive

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    Does not offer anything new from a performance standpoint

The Patriot Viper VPR400 is a mid-range PCIe 4.0 SSD designed with a bright aesthetic in mind. The stylish heatsink features bright RGB lighting, and the SSD has software support for RGB sync. The VPR400's hardware is similar to two other drives we have reviewed, the HP FX900 and Patriot's own P400, so it’s effectively a gaming-oriented version of the latter. The P400 proved to be a stalwart drive with good performance for its price. Like that drive, the VPR400 is DRAM-less, but it comes equipped with a fast controller and newer flash that deliver solid performance in tandem with the bright lighting, earning a spot on our list of Best SSDs.

RGB is still all the rage, especially in the “gamer” space, although some drives do not support color control like the VPR400. The downside to this feature is that, historically, drives with RGB tended to run hotter with a higher risk of throttling. We'll test the drive in both the on and off states. The VPR400's heatsink, while aesthetically pleasing, doesn't seem well-designed for heat dissipation. That said, we didn't have much trouble with the P400 overheating.

The SSD market is becoming a bit oversaturated, especially in the mid-range, and more drives are on the way. New SSD controllers and flash are also on the horizon. It’s important for individual drives to stand out; therefore, Patriot has chosen to focus on RGB with the VPR400. If you only want the performance, you can opt for the cheaper P400 or one of its competitors, but if you're interested in adding some RGB to your M.2 port, this might just be the right fit for your build’s theme.

Specifications

Product512GB1TB
Pricing $104.99 $164.99
Capacity (User / Raw)512GB / 512GB1024GB / 1024GB
Form FactorM.2 2280M.2 2280
Interface / ProtocolPCIe 4.0 x4PCIe 4.0 x4
ControllerInnoGrit IG5220InnoGrit IG5220
DRAMNo (HMB)No (HMB)
Flash Memory176-Layer Micron TLC (B47R)176-Layer Micron TLC (B47R)
Sequential Read4,600 MBps4,600 MBps
Sequential Write3,600 MBps4,400 MBps
Random Read600K600K
Random Write500K500K
SecurityN/AN/A
Endurance (TBW)400 TBW800 TBW
Part NumberVPR400-512GM28HVPR400-1TBM28H
Warranty5-Year5-Year

The Patriot VPR400 comes in three capacities of 512GB, 1TB, and 2TB. At the time of review, only the 512GB and 1TB SKUs were available and documented. Compared to drives like the P400, the VPR400 comes with a significant premium in the interest of aesthetics: you’re paying more for the heatsink and RGB. The drive is otherwise standard fare for its hardware in terms of performance. The warranty, at least, is quite good, with a full five years of coverage with endurance of up to 800 TB of data writes (TBW) at 1TB.

Software and Accessories

Patriot offers an RGB sync app for download on its website, and it's compatible with the RGB sync systems from ASRock, ASUS, Gigabyte, and MSI. Patriot also cites support for their Viper toolbox, a typical SSD application for information and utility use. Patriot additionally says that the VPR400 has an advanced temperature control function.

A Closer Look

The VPR400 has a black heatsink on top with sixteen windows for LEDs to shine and an informative label on the back. The thermal padding appears to make relatively good contact. Under the heatsink, we see the controller and two NAND packages, with no DRAM present. We can also spot the LEDs.

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The VPR400 uses the InnoGrit IG5220 SSD controller, which has proven quite popular. It’s present in the HP FX900 and Patriot P400, two drives we have previously reviewed. The VPR400 is, in fact, quite similar in layout to the latter. However, the P400 and FX900 had the BAA revision of this controller. This SSD has the BCA revision, with the difference appearing to be in the material of the integrated heatsink (IHS). It’s possible this will demonstrate better heat dissipation with the VPR400. The IG5220 does not run particularly hot, but it is still a fast controller, and this drive does have RGB lighting that typically adds a bit of heat. 

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The VPR400 uses Micron’s 176-layer TLC flash, known as B47R. This flash is also on the P400 and FX900, as well as numerous other drives like the P5 Plus. Presumably, this SSD uses the standard 512Gb or 64GB dies, or eight per 8DP/OCP for a total of sixteen dies at 1TB. This is an excellent amount to saturate the IG5220 controller with four dies for each of its four channels.

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Shane Downing
Freelance Reviewer

Shane Downing is a Freelance Reviewer for Tom’s Hardware US, covering consumer storage hardware.

  • WrongRookie
    So how is it that viper gets to do the RGB but the others that are the better drives don't? Even Asus new SSD isn't having RGB atleast from the image itself...

    Not sure about it being expensive considering even the p41 itself is priced a bit at 1tb.
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