When it comes to USB drives and DRAM, we automatically think Patriot Memory. They aren’t new to the industry and they’re one of the companies that always offer outstanding and high-quality gaming and performance-oriented products, so it’s no doubt that the new stuff that they have in store for us is going to be a thumbs up. A couple of years ago, Patriot Memory jumped on the SSD bandwagon, offering everyone quality SSD’s for every sector in the market.
The latest release of Patriot Memory is the Hellfire M.2 SSD. We think that the Hellfire M.2 is one of the best solutions for enthusiasts looking for some fast storage performance.
It’s also actually great that Hellfire M.2 is powered by the Phison® 5007 controller while also using an extremely fast interface for delivering read and write speed of about 3,300 MB/s (read) and 2,600 MB/s (write). This is actually four times faster compared to the SATA SSD’s so this is definitely something everyone should try out.
Today, we’re going to take a closer look at Patriot Memory’s Hellfire M.2 SSD and see if it’s something we’d all enjoy using.
Patriot Hellfire M.2 480GB SSD Review – Whats in the Box?
When we got the Patriot Hellfire M.2 SSD, it came in an efficient, simple, and clean-looking packaging that’s similar to other SD card and USB containers; it also lets you see the product clearly so that’s pretty good. It has a blue and white theme that’s pleasing to the eyes with no fancy or confusing designs that can be quite troublesome if you’re trying to read the product specs.
Speaking of these, you will be able to see a couple of Hellfire M2’s specifications on the front such as its interface, capacity, and the form factor listed; at the back, you’ll also see the form factor and interface, as well as a few marketing points such as the M2 being vibration & shock resistant, silent during use and advanced wear-leveling.
Patriot Hellfire M.2 – Meep Meep
The PCB design of the Hellfire M2 is double sided which means that all the components are soldered on both sides of the product. Just remember that this can cause issues for the system of your laptop if it’s made specifically for single-sided SSD’s; so be sure to take note of this before installing the M2. The Hellfire M2 also features two NAND packs on each side, as well as a DRAM package and single controller.
Hellfire M2’s controller is the PCIe 3.0 x4 PS5007-E7 controller which is the latest from Phison, while its DDR3L 512MB DRAM package comes from NANYA. Its NAND is from Toshiba’s 15nm planar MLC and each package has a capacity of 128 GB capacity. A great thing about the Hellfire M2 is that after formatting or even with over provisioning, you’ll still have about 448 GB to use from this 480 GB model.
This series also has a three-year warranty that the company limits by the TBW or total bytes written to the drive; if you aren’t familiar with this, it is usually measured in terabytes. Additionally, the product ships in a blister pack that doesn’t have any accessories included.
The 480GB Hellfire M2 is a 2280 M2 which means that it’s 80 mm long and a common size for most motherboards that are available today. Though not every motherboard in the market is able to support the 110 mm long 2210 M2’s, most of today’s Intel motherboards are able to support the 80 mm drives. If you take a look at the front portion of the Patriot Hellfire M2, you will notice that the whole part is covered with the warranty sticker; plus, the product is also keyed in a position so its sticker faces downward.
We also noticed that the Hellfire M2 joined Intel 600p as one of the new inexpensive NVMe SSD’s in the market; and although the Hellfire M2 is slightly pricier compared to the SATA-based AHCI SSD’s, the prices of NVMe SSD’s dropped a huge deal. So to keep things economical for everyone, Patriot made sure that it made use of a blister package which is good for dropping manufacturing costs.
Though the Patriot Hellfire M2 is a fairly basic drive, it still performs well and one of its most notable features is the flip chip controller design that we hardly see on other similar products. Additionally, Hellfire M2 also features a dual-sided design that can be seen on both sides of its printed circuit board.
Motherboard: Asus Maximus Hero-IX
Graphics Card: Asus Strix GTX 1080
CPU: Intel Core i7 7700 K
M.2 SSD: Patriot Hellfire – 480 GB
RAM: 32 GB Hyper-X Fury DDR4
SSD: Patriot Ignite – 240GB
SSD: Kingston 2x Hyper-X Savage – 240 GB
Phison 5007 Series M.2 PCIe Gen 3 x 4
DRAM Cache: 240GB = DDR3L 256MB 480GB = DDR3L 512MB
The Patriot Hellfire M2 480 GB relatively works on Windows 8.2, as well as on Windows 10; but if you are going to utilize this with either Windows 7 or 8, remember that you will need a driver for it to work on these.
There is a presence of a half-circle notch on the device and it is specifically for fixing the drive to the PCIe expansion card or the motherboard. If you take a look at the left portion of the SSD, you’ll get to see Patriot Hellfire’s contact pins; these five pins located on the left side of the drive works as an M Key connection.
Using the SSD is fairly easy and when you need to install the drive, you only need to set this into the M2 slot which you can find on your motherboard; just make sure that the standoff is set in the right location. Also, make use of the little screw that is attached to the standoff to securely tighten the drive.
The Hellfire M2’s drive can be paired with the Patriot M2 toolbox – a free utility allowing you to access the other available features of the drive. The utility will allow you to check a couple of things like how much endurance is still available in the drive, SMART details, the amount of space being utilized, and one of the most convenient features is that it also performs a safe erase, and also a secure firmware update. Honestly, the user interface is not really that eye-catching or nice to look at but it works efficiently so that’s what matters.
After we’ve done some tests on the Hellfire M2, we have to say that we’re really impressed with this product from Patriot Memory and we definitely recommend it. As for its price, it’s actually pretty competitive for this calibre of product and it has its own place in the market right at the high-end SSD segment.
Basically, if you’re looking for a new M2 PCIe SSD, the Patriot Hellfire M2 is definitely a great buy especially for builders searching for a really cost-efficient and effective piece to the PCIe world. So yes, the 480 GB Hellfire M2 SSD is another excellent product from Patriot Memory that we’re very happy to recommend.