Patriot has formally introduced its first solid-state drives featuring a PCIe 5.0 x4 interface aimed at demanding users. The Viper PV553 SSD uses the company's all-new active cooling system boasting an aluminum radiator, a blower fan, and a special heat shield that promises to ensure the best possible cooling for consistent performance under high workloads.

Set to be available in 1 TB, 2 TB, and 4 TB configurations, Patriot's Viper PV553 uses Micron's 232-layer 3D TLC NAND memory and we presume Phison's PS5026-E26 controller as Patriot is a loyal partner of the Taiwan-based SSD controller developer.

As for performance, Patriot rates its 2 TB and 4 TB PV553 for sequential read/write speeds of up to 12,400 MB/s and 11,800 MB/s as well as up to 1.4 million random 4K read and write IOPS. Meanwhile, the 1 TB model is slightly slower and offers read/write speeds of up to 11,700 MB/s and 9,500 MB/s as well as up to 1.3/1.4 million read/write IOPS.

The drives come in an M.2-2280 form-factor and are compatible with desktops that have sufficient space inside as Patriot's Viper PV553 SSDs are equipped with quite an extraordinary cooling system to take away 11W of thermal power that they can dissipate. The cooler (which features a 16.5 mm z-height) employs a rather big aluminum radiator that covers both the controller and memory chips, a blower fan, thermal pads on both sides of the drive, and an aluminum casing — which the company calls heat shield — that directs air produced by the fan through the radiator's fins to maximize cooling performance.

The extensive cooling is supposed to ensure that Patriot's Viper PV553 drives sustains performance even under severe workloads. In fact, Patriot says that the cooler ensures that the drive maintains temperature at about 45ºC in normal room temperature conditions.

Meanwhile, PV553 SSDs are not Patriot's fastest drives. Recently the company demonstrated its Viper PV573 SSDs that use Micron's B58R 3D TLC NAND with a 2400 MT/s data transfer rate and offer a sequential read and write speed of up to 14,000 MB/s and 12,000 MB/s, respectively. That drive will perhaps get more benefits from the new cooling system, but it will be available at a later date.

As it is always the case with Patriot's premium SSDs, the Viper PV553 drives are backed by a five-year warranty and are guaranteed to sustain 700, 1400, and 3000 terabytes to be written.

Source: Patriot

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  • meacupla - Thursday, February 8, 2024 - link

    I think it's silly to complain about high end SSDs requiring active cooling.
    Especially when it comes to mobile.

    It's like complaining that an i7 or R7 can't run passively inside your laptop while hitting boost speeds.
    Not even Apple's M2 can run optimally with passive cooling only.

    If you want passive only, get a WD Blue SN570/SN580. You trade off speed, but they don't require a heatsink, even inside of a laptop.
  • PeachNCream - Thursday, February 8, 2024 - link

    Huge HSF = Performance

    At least that's the mentally vacant buyer this appeals to and there are lots of them around as always so this thing can help relieve silly people of their money.
  • kn00tcn - Thursday, February 8, 2024 - link

    it's 11watts at full high speed load, any heatsink is required when fully loaded without throttling when connected over pcie version 5, obviously a slower drive and even this one running on pcie3 would not need it and some models even have the option of either with or without like the sn850x, obviously there are different tiers of products and limitations of physics, obviously the price difference between a $50 ssd and a $100 ssd is meaningless in the end, OBVIOUSLY

    almost every article you make disgusting replies attacking products and people, pretending niche products are bought by masses, pretending personal joy is not emotional wealth, you are a nasty grinch sick in the head
  • PeachNCream - Thursday, February 8, 2024 - link

    "...pretending niche products are bought by masses..."

    At no point have I stated this product is anything but a niche item intended to appeal to a certain buying segment. In fact, I quite obviously implied that was the case. I'm not sure how you managed the mental gymnastics to arrive at an opposite conclusion except that it would benefit whatever point you think you're trying to make here - a point that is unclear based on the scattered nature of your comment.

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