For no matter cause, there aren’t many stable state drives (SSDs) that mix RGB lighting with the M.2 kind issue and PCIe Gen 4×4 spec, or no less than not many who I may discover. They are so few and much between that Viper Gaming, a division of Patriot Memory, has erroneously laid declare to launching the very first such mannequin with its VPR400 collection.
Viper Gaming payments the VPR400 because the “world’s first RGB M.2 PCie Gen 4×4 SSD,” and whereas unfaithful, the corporate may be forgiven for the oversight. When I went digging for different such fashions, I used to be assured I might discover just a few, however solely got here throughout one—WD’s Black SN850. Well, two if you wish to depend the Black SN850X, which shall be accessible subsequent month.
I virtually missed it myself as a result of “RGB” is not within the mannequin title, and you should buy the drive with out a warmth sink. Sill, such a product exists. If there are others I’m overlooking, be at liberty to chime in under in our feedback part.
In any occasion, the VPR400 joins uncommon firm. The RGB lighting can be extra pronounced with, by my depend, 16 totally different sections of illumination. Viper Gaming says the lighting is absolutely customizable with its different peripherals through its Viper RGB 3.0 utility. It’s additionally suitable with ASRock’s Polychrome Sync, ASUS’s Aura Sync, Gigabyte’s RGB Fusion, and MSI’s Mystic Light Sync.
Lighting apart, Viper Gaming’s serving up two capacities: 512GB and 1TB. Both are powered by Innogrit’s DRAM-less IG5220 “RainierQX” controller, identical as discovered on drives like Patriot’s P400 SSD and Adata’s XPG Atom 50. This means you are taking a look at speeds extra according to the primary technology of PCIe 4.0 fashions reasonably.
More particularly, the 1TB mannequin sports activities sequential learn and write speeds of as much as 4,600MB/s and 4,400MB/s, sequentially, together with as much as 600K IOPS of random learn efficiency and 500K IOPs for random write efficiency. The 512GB mannequin, in the meantime, serves up the identical sequential learn pace and random learn and write efficiency, however delivers sequential reads of as much as 3,600MB/s.
Those are all quick metrics in their very own right, although not on par with the speediest PCIe 4.0 fashions, which push knowledge transfers into 7,000MB/s territory and even a little bit past. However, Viper Gaming makes an attention-grabbing declare with regard to cooling and throttling.
“The Viper VPR400 SSD is different from the traditional NVMe SSDs, which set performance restrictions that limit read and write data transfer speeds to maintain a workable operating temperature. Instead, the Viper VPR400 supports the Thermal Throttling technology using a built-in thermal sensor and firmware to wisely manage the SSD operational performance and temperature. This technology can effectively prevents overheating while efficiently commanding the best performance under dynamic conditions,” the corporate claims.
Hopefully we will procure a unit to see how the VPR400 SSD collection performs for ourselves. We’ll even have to attend to seek out out pricing data—Viper Gaming solely says the its newest SSD collection shall be accessible later this month, backed by a 5-year guarantee.