Patriot Announces Hellfire PCI-E Solid State Drives

by MAC     |     January 7, 2016

After years of experience in the SATA SSD market, Patriot has just made the jump to high performance with the introduction of the Hellfire PCI-E SSD Series.

While Patriot are certainly not new to the solid state drive market - they have been selling SATA SSDs since all the way back in 2008 - with the introduction of the new Hellfire series they are entering the high performance PCI-Express realm.

This new Hellfire series will make use of the eight-channel Phison PS5007 PCI-E NVMe controller, much like the ZOTAC PCI-E SSD. This new controller will be mated to conventional MLC NAND and a PCI-E 3.0 x4 interface, which will means that it will be capable of some very high transfer rates. However, how much depends on which Hellfire model you choose.

The Hellfire series will be available in both M.2 PCI-E and PCI-E add-in-card (AIC) form factors. The M.2 2280 model will be available in capacities of 240GB, 480GB and 960GB, and should reach speeds of up to 2,500MB/s read and 600MB/s. The Add-in-Card (AIC) variant will be also be available in capacities of 240GB, 480GB and 960GB, but it will be capable of much faster sequential read speeds of up to 3000MB/s and write speeds of up to 2200MB/s.

Why the stark difference? Well we suspect that due to limited PCB space on the M.2 model, Patriot are probably not using the full eight channels of the Phison controller, which less parallel communication paths and thus lower performance. This is an issue that will likely affect every manufacturer attempting to shoehorn this controller onto the M.2 form factor. Either way, we are glad to see a new M.2 PCI-E SSD on the market, since low performance M.2 SATA models have been dominating the market for far too long.

There was specifics given about type of NAND endurance that we can expect from these SSDs, nor any power consumption numbers, but that will surely come in due time. These new Hellfire SSDs should be available for purchase at the end of the first quarter, but we don't yet have any information regarding pricing.

Full news post:

FREMONT, CALIF., USA – January 5, 2016 – Patriot, a leading manufacturer of SSDs, computer memory, flash storage solutions, mobile accessories and gaming peripherals, today announced the release of their latest solid-state drive offerings, the Patriot Hellfire M.2 PCIe SSD and the Hellfire PCIe AIC (Add-in Card).

Hellfire M.2 PCIe SSD

The Hellfire will be Patriot’s first M.2 PCIe SSD, and an impressive one at that. With a Gen 3 x 4 interface and NVMe 1.2 compliant, the Hellfire M.2 will reaches speeds of up to 2,500MB/s read and 600MB/s write. Designed with the needs of content creators, gamers and PC enthusiasts in mind the, Hellfire will lower latency while increasing the productivity and response times of any PC, laptop or notebook.

The Hellfire M.2 will be released in capacities of 240GB, 480GB and 960GB in a M.2 2280 form factor to fulfill the high performance storage needs of consumers looking to upgrade their systems. Powered by the Phison 5007 controller and MLC NAND, the Hellfire will be your weapon of choice when battling those latency bottlenecks.

Hellfire PCIe AIC SSD

In addition to the Hellfire M.2, Patriot will also launch the Patriot Hellfire PCIe AIC for those looking for the ultimate performance boost to their PC. The Hellfire PCIe AIC with a Gen 3 x 4 interface is Patriot’s top of the line choice for a storage solution. With sequential read speeds of up to 3000MB/s and write speeds of up to 2200MB/s the Hellfire PCIe AIC smokes the competition to position itself as Patriot’s premium performance drive.

With varying speeds between capacities, the Hellfire PCIe AIC will be available in capacities of 240GB, 480GB and 960GB to meet the market needs of every demographic. Also utilizing the Phison 5007 with MLC NAND , the Hellfire PCIe AIC will set your system ablaze.

“We are very excited to get into the PCIe storage space,” said Les Henry, VP of Engineering at Patriot. “With the launch of Intel’s latest Skylake Processor, we are seeing more motherboards available in the consumer market that support PCIe devices. Along with the launch of Microsoft Windows 8.1 and Windows 10, which supports PCIe storage devices without the need for additional drivers, we feel this will be the future trend and will allow users to take full advantage of the PCIe storage speeds.“


The Patriot Hellfire drives will be available for purchase at the end of Q1.

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