The storage experts from Viper have introduced a new M.2 SSD that definitely causes a stir with its technical details. It is called the VP4300. With highlights like PCIe Gen4 x4 and an Innogrit IG5236 controller, the US company wants to stir up the flash memory market. We take a look at the details of the M.2 SSD.
New SSD from the gaming expert
Viper is a protected brand of the Patriot company. In addition to fast SSDs, it is also characterized by an extensive product portfolio in the gaming segment. With the Viper VP4300 PCIe Gen4 x4, the range is now expanded by another product. The NVMe SSD not only relies on the latest PCIe technology, but also features a really exciting controller on top of that. The brand-new Innogrit IG5236 is supposed to provide blazing fast transfer rates in combination with the DDR4 DRAM cache.
The company talks about read speeds of 7,400 MB/s and write speeds of 6,800 MB/s here. The company wants to achieve goals that always make buyers reach for the SSD. Primarily, data-intensive applications as well as the system start should be put into action as quickly as possible. The new VP4300 is also supposed to provide a speed boost for gamers. After all, Viper emphasizes that loading screens of games are supposed to flicker across the screen furiously fast.
Nothing works without cooling
Of course, powerful hardware like the VP4300 also gets hot very quickly. This is at least the case when it has to work under high load. So that the user doesn’t have to cope with a drop in transfer rates, the company has acted with foresight. There is a good reason for this. After all, especially in slim notebooks heat stagnation can occur from time to time. These can not only reduce the maximum performance, but also the stability of the performance of a PCIe-SSD. On the VP4300, we find two custom heatspreaders. These are supposed to ensure that the small M.2 SSD can easily handle high working temperatures.
The manufacturer encloses the small card measuring 22 mm x 80 mm with an aluminum heatspreader as well as a special heat conduction pad. In combination, both the heatspreader and the thermal pad are supposed to ensure the highest possible waste heat and at the same time relieve the SSD. However, you do not necessarily have to use both cooling solutions together. Alternatively, you can also choose one of the two. You will certainly always have to keep your own system configuration in mind. Viper seems to really mean business with the included cooling solutions. After all, these offer really exciting features.
Those who decide against the combined and in favor of a single solution of installation will probably find a tailor-made solution for their own setup with aluminum heatspreader or the heat shield. For example, the heat pad is supposed to be suitable for setups that only have a very limited space for installation. First and foremost, one can probably think of ultrabooks here. However, PCs that already have their own heatsink also get a useful addition with the thermal pad. Viper also prevents possible problems of overheating apart from the smart cooling solutions. Thus, the company relies on the “Thermal Throttling Technology”. Here, a built-in temperature sensor detects when the power should be turned down a bit to prevent transfer rates from collapsing. According to Viper, this should ensure very good performance over the long term.
Price and Availability
A look at the technical details quickly makes it clear who Viper wants to address with its new SSD. In particular, demanding power users like hardcore gamers or even professional creators are to be targeted here. The latter should be able to benefit from the promised performance of the SSD especially in the field of video and image editing. The company does not yet provide details about price and availability. However, the VP4300 is supposed to be launched in the sizes 1 TB and 2 TB soon.