Patriot hops aboard the PCIe SSD bandwagon with its new Hellfire drives

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Patriot Memory is hopping aboard the PCIe SSD bandwagon with a pair of Hellfire-branded solid state drives, the Hellfire M.2 PCIe SSD and the Hellfire PCIe AIC (add-in card).

The Hellfire M.2 solid state drive, which utilizes the PCIe 3.0 x4 interface and is NVMe 1.2 compliant, was designed with content creators, gamers and PC enthusiasts in mind. The drive is powered by a Phison 5007 controller and relies on MLC NAND to offer read and write speeds of 2,500MB/s and 600MB/s, respectively. It'll be offered in capacities of 240GB, 480GB and 960GB, we're told.

The Hellfire PCIe AIC variety also uses a Gen 3 x4 interface and is said to be Patriot's top-of-the-line storage solution. Sure enough, it offers blazing sequential read speeds of up to 3,000MB/s and write speeds of up to 2,200MB/s.

Like the M.2 version, the AIC SSD also utilizes a Phison 5007 controller and MLC NAND. It, too, will be sold in 240GB, 480GB and 960GB capacities.

Les Henry, VP of Engineering at Patriot, said that with the launch of Intel's latest Skylake processors, we are seeing more motherboards available in the consumer market that support PCIe devices. As such, they're excited to get into the PCIe storage space and believe such drives will become a future trend.

Patriot says you'll be able to buy its new Hellfire drives by the end of the first quarter. No word yet on pricing.

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