Although far from one of them The best solid state drive, Viper VPN100 It is an excellent value-for-money solid state drive.Unfortunately, this drive recently used Reddit Headline news, because consumers find it has different components from advertising.Patriot official statement techy’s hardware Explain the reasoning behind the component swap.
A Redditor recently purchased one of Patriot’s Viper VPN100 2TB SSDs. To his surprise, the drive comes with Phison’s E12S SSD controller and 512MB DRAM. This undoubtedly caused alarm, because SSD not only uses a different SSD controller, but also reduces DRAM by 1/4. In contrast, the original Viper VPN100 2TB used Phison E12 SSD controller and had 2GB of DRAM.
Like many suppliers, including needle with New York Times, Patriot has also become a victim of a global semiconductor shortage, so the company explored other options for its VPN100. Unfortunately, most SSD manufacturers do not produce their own components and must purchase them elsewhere. The issue here is transparency. If a major change occurs in the product, then the supplier has the responsibility to communicate the change to consumers in a timely manner. However, this did not happen in this case.
|solution||Controller||Controller package||Flash placement||DRAM type||memory size||SSD capacity||Customer performance|
|PS5012-E12||PS5012||16×16 mm||Up to 4 BGA132/BGA152 flash memory||DDR4||512MB for BiCS4 256GB/512GB 1024MB for BiCS4 1TB 2048MB for BiCS4 2TB (The minimum size of DDR4 is 512MB.)||256GB-2TB||identical|
|PS5012-E12S||PS5012||12×12 mm||Up to 8 BGA132 flash memory||DDR3L||128MB for BiCS4 256GB 256MB for BiCS4 512GB/1TB 512MB for BiCS4 2TB 1024MB for BiCS4 4TB 2048MB for QLC 8TB||256GB-8TB||identical|
Despite the huge differences in components, Patriot guarantees that both configurations provide the same performance in sequential and random workloads. The brand advertises VPN100’s sequential read and write speeds of up to 3,400 MBps and 3,200 MBps, respectively, depending on the capacity. The random performance rating is 700,000 IOPS read and write.
Patriot claimed in its statement that the new E12S setting has the same endurance limit as the original E12 configuration “No Chia Mining”. However, this does not seem to be the case.This Original specification sheet VPN100 2TB with 3,115 TBW, and New specification sheet The display endurance level is 900 TBW. We are following up to clarify.
Although there are now two versions of VPN100 on the open market, consumers still cannot really distinguish one from the other. Patriot seems to use the same part number for both variants, turning the buying process into a lottery.
You can find the full statement of the Patriots below.
We patriot want to solve the current situation of our Viper VPN100 m.2 solid state drive. We have realized that some customers have noticed that the cache on the VPN100 SSD is reduced. In the past few days, we have spent time thoroughly investigating the matter internally and listening to online feedback.
Due to the continued shortage of fabs affecting the global IC supply chain, Patriots chose to use the Phison E12S controller and Phison E12 in the full VPN100 series (256GB/512GB/1TB/2TB) in 2020. We confirm that this is the only Viper SSD series affected. E12S uses less cache but provides the same performance as the E12 controller because it is developed and produced using the latest manufacturing technology and innovative firmware. As an advanced version of the E12 controller, Patriot still guarantees that the VPN100 using E12S will achieve the same sequential read/write and random IOPS performance specifications as the VPN100 using the original E12, and the same durability limit (no Chia mining) control Device. Please see the performance comparison below:
However, we do not deny that in doing so, we did not update our respective information sheets online for public viewing and reference. This should be implemented
Instantly. We apologize for this, and take responsibility for any inconvenience caused to all partners and customers. Any consumer who has any questions or concerns about the VPN100 solution with E12S controller can contact our customer service department in the following ways:
Looking to the future, we promise that our information sheet and website will always reflect the actual product specifications available.
We are pleased to launch the new Viper Gen3 x4 m.2 SSD solution that will be launched in the fourth quarter of 2021, which will replace VPN100, and hope that it will continue to please hardware enthusiasts around the world and meet their standards.
In the past 35 years, I am very happy to be a member of the IT hardware community. We hope to continue to introduce breakthrough products in the era of continuous technological development.
Patriot Memory Company