Patriot Hellfire 240GB NVME M.2 SSD Review: Page 4 of 13
Posted by Paul Malfy on Thursday, March 2, 2017 - 8:00am
A Closer Look
The 240gb variant advertises speeds of up to 3000 MB/s read and 2300 MB/s write. The 480 gb variant is similar at 300 MB/s read and 2400 MB/s write.
The Patriot Hellfire, both the 240gb and 480gb are M Key M.2 SSDs. This means it’s a PCIe 3.0 x4 SSD. It also means the edge connector has 5 pins.
At first glance, the Patriot Hellfire looks like many other M.2 SSDs. It comes in the 2280 form factor, that’s 22mm wide x 80mm long. The Hellfire is a PCIe 3.0 x4 NVMe 1.2, M.2 drive., based on TOSHIBA’S 15 NM MLC NAND. It connects to any M Key Connector on any current generation motherboard. There are 3 different M.2 slots. B Key, M Key and B&M Key. They are distinguished by the number of pins on the edge connector. B Key M.2 drives have 6 pins on the edge, where M Key M.2 drives have only 5 pins on the edge connector. They are nor interchangeable. However, the B&M Key connector can fit either.
This diagram displays the different types of M.2 connectors. The Patriot Hellfire is an M Key M.2 Drive.
On the front side on the drive, you’ll find a sticker with the Patriot logo on the top left corner, Just below the logo id the Hellfire M.2 branding and the model number to the specific capacity drive. In this case, it’s a 240gb. This is indicated just below the model number to the far left of the drive. Next to the capacity, in small print, are the interface and form factor. The Hellfire, as mentioned before, is a PCIe 3.0 NVMe 1.2 M.2 SSD 2280. This information is along the bottom of the sticker. The sticker also mentions that the Hellfire is RoHS compliant. RoHS stands for the Restriction of Hazardous Substances and that the drive is free of hazardous materials such as lead and mercury.
The Patriot Hellfire uses MLC, or multi-level cell, NAND memory. MLC NAND may not be as durable as SLC, single level cell, NAND. However, it is more reliable than TLC NAND. MLC NAND has a lower production cost, when compared to SLC. This lower production costs mean lower cast for the end user. Due to the lower cost, MCL SSDS are an excellent choice for the average consumer or gamer. Especially if you demand performance, but are on a budget.
To ensure the best possible performance, features such as static and advanced wear-leveling, advanced garbage collection, TRIM support, bad block management and S.M.A.R.T technologies are built in into the Patriot Hellfire.
The Patriot Hellfire has a 3-year warranty.
The half-circle notch is for mounting the SSD to the motherboard or PCIe expansion card.
The sticker is removed to reveal the Phison PS5007-E7 Controller.
When the Sticker is removed, we begin to see the components that make the Hellfire run. When you carefully peal back the sticker, you find two memory cells with two additional memory cells on the opposite side, as well as the Phison PS5007-E7 SSD Controller. The PS5007-E7 NVM3 3.0 x4 SSD controller had 8-channel transfer speeds and 64CE support capable of up to 2TB, with up to 4 TB of capacity in the future. The PS5007-E7 offers speeds well over 2600 MB/s sequential read and over 1300 MB/s sequential write, with random 4K up to 350,000 IOPS read and 250,000 IOPS write performance.
The Phison PS5007-E7 controller powering the Patriot Hellfire was originally designed for enterprise use. However, with how fast technology is moving these days, there were more viable options for enterprise grade controllers once the PS5007-E7 controller hit the market. Due to this, the PS5007-E7 based SSDs are now some of the best priced MLC based NVMe drives on the market.
Here is a close up of the Phison PS5007-E7 controller on the Patriot Hellfire.
The rear of the Hellfire has two memory cells and a QR code that contains the warranty information. It also lists the capacity on the rear of the drive.
The Patriot Hellfire works natively on Windows 8.1 and 10. However, it requires a driver to work with Windows 7 and 8.
Here you can clearly see the contact pins for the Patriot Hellfire. The 5 pins to the left make this an M Key connection.
To install the SSD, simply inset it into the M.2 slot on you motherboard.
Make sure the standoff is in the proper spot. In this case, the 2280 standoff.
Use the small screw attached to the standoff to tighten down the drive.