New Viper VP4300 PCIe Gen4 M.2
I would have to say that the name Viper conjures up a fast striking snake in my mind. However, this SSD version is a safe but super quick NVME storage device and non-venomous as well, so that’s starting off in the right direction.
Viper is one of the high end brands from Patriot, and is relatively well known in the industry for storage and memory solutions. They are announcing the Viper VP4300 PCIe Gen4 NVME SSD today, in both 1TB and 2TB capacities, with read speeds of up to 7,400MB/s and writes at 6,800MB/s. Impressive.
These Viper NVME SSDs also come with configurable cooling, having two different heat spreader styles to meet different installation requirements. One is a thicker aluminum heat shield while the other is a thin, single-use, graphene thermal pad. This is obviously going to be useful for different motherboard installations, as many boards are now coming with sizable heat spreaders meaning SSDs with preinstalled tall heat spreaders just do not fit properly. Basically, you get to choose the heat spreader that works best with the Viper VP4300 and your build – or use both actually.
Personally, I appreciate being given the choice, especially if the drive might move between boards and require different cooling. NAND does like it a bit hot, but do keep a thermal lid on it.
"Backed by VIPER GAMING's 5-year warranty, the Viper VP4300 M.2 SSD is one of the most reliable choices for PC enthusiasts, hardcore gamers, content creators, and animation rendering professionals who require ultra-fast bootup speed and instantaneous access for superior productivity."
- Innogrit IG5236 PCIe Gen 4 controller for sequential read speeds up to 6,800MB/s and write speeds of up to 7,400MB/s
- Built in thermal sensor to provide for additional protection and best possible performance with throttling if required
- Built on a 10-layer PCB for signal integrity and stability
- Two optional heatshields included in the package, the taller aluminum heatsink and single-use graphene thermal pad
- Supported with Windows 7 – 10, with additional drivers as required by earlier versions
- Backwards compatible with PCIe Gen3 M.2 slots
Remember that you will need a motherboard that actually supports PCIe Gen4 to achieve these rated speeds of course, which includes AMD B550 and X570 with 5000 series CPUs and now Intel Z590 and some Z490 motherboards with their 11th gen CPUs.
Memory prices are starting to climb upwards lately, so I am not surprised at all to see this latest Viper VP4300 1TB MSRP at $254.99 and 2TB at $499.99. But such speed does not come inexpensively. Amazon prices as of 4/15 via the link there are slightly less at $224.99 and $449.99 respectively.
Read more about the new VP4300 M.2 SSDs on the official Viper Gaming page, as they are looking for users that want some of the best performing NVME storage that you can buy.