600K Read/Write IOPS!?! Viper m.2 SSD Shows off Impressive Specs
I think Patriot is trying to exhaust the bandwidth of NVMe. We’ve seen several M.2 drives release in recent years and performance is constantly improving. While no one will argue that NVMe drives are nice step up from SATA SSDs, the trend of having at least one low spec in the various read/write performance numbers was continuing to be evident. Now all of that is about to change because it looks like Viper’s next M.2 release is going to have crazy awesome storage speeds.
Manufacturers tout four performance numbers when they’re proud of their storage speeds. There’s the typical sequential read/write speeds, but the ones who really believe they have a great drive also advertise their random read/write speeds. Typically, either the sequential write or random write speed will pale in comparison to the other specs. Viper decided that weakness would not be tolerated in any aspect of the drive. Granted much of the performance will have to do with Phison’s new PS5012-E12 controller, but both the sequential read and write speeds are at or above the 3000 MB/s mark. That’s not the real interesting spec though. Random read/write speeds are typically more important to Windows users and Viper has blistering 600K IOPS speeds for both specs! Not only does that round the entire drive out nicely, 600K is really freakin’ fast!!!
As always, we have to mention one big caveat before we talk about how fast Viper’s new drive is going to be. There needs to be testing results. The rated speeds look great, but these are only numbers printed on cardboard until some reviews prove otherwise. Overall, I’m pretty excited about this huge leap though. I feel pretty confident that the drive will be an excellent performer and I doubt Viper is going to show numbers that will be dramatically off of what the drive is cable of. For more technical details on the drive, check out AnandTech’s article below.