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Viper Gaming (Patriot Memory’s gaming brand) has launched the VPR400, a new solid state drive that is being billed as the world’s first RGB M.2 PCIe Gen 4×4 SSD. The VPR400 features onboard RGB LEDs that are fully synchronizable with Viper Gaming RGB peripherals using Viper’s RGB 3.0 software, allowing users to customize their lighting profiles or choose any pre-programmed RGB lighting patterns. Powering the drive with 3D NAND is Innogrit’s IG5220 Gen4x4 controller, enabling read and write speeds of up to 4,600 MB/s and 4,400 MB/s, respectively. Viper Gaming’s VPR400 SSDs will be available in late June from major retailers in 512 GB and 1 TB capacities.

“The VIPER VPR400 has been crafted to deliver blazing speeds and performance for intense gaming and video content creation. VIPER understands that keeping high-speed SSDs thermally stable is the key to maintaining the storage unit’s performance and longevity. “Said Roger Shinmoto, Vice President of VIPER GAMING.

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The VIPER VRP400 SSD is different from the traditional NVMe SSDs, which set performance restrictions that limit read and write data transfer speeds to maintain a workable operating temperature. Instead, the VIPER VRP400 supports the Thermal Throttling technology using a built-in thermal sensor and firmware to wisely manage the SSD operational performance and temperature. This technology can effectively prevent overheating while efficiently commanding the best performance under dynamic conditions.

Source: Patriot

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  1. Because THAT is what was missing from my NVME drive... RGB.

    Though it's a somewhat silly thing - not because it's good or bad to have RGB on anything, but that NVMe drives are regularly hidden under heatsinks that come with motherboards and thus aren't at all visible. Worse, though we don't know how Patriot's Viper team is doing, what research I did for NVMe RGB modules found that ADATA NVMe drives with RGB showed issues with drive slowdowns when RGB was used on top of the software used to control it not being that great, i.e., even more below average than one would expect.

    Between iffy software and potential performance issues, as well as a decent chance that he drives would be physically hidden, makes it a questionable value. That said, we can't know until @Brent_Justice gets a chance to run them through their paces.

    This is all not to say that well-implemented RGB isn't appreciated, rather quite the opposite. Especially if it's easy to disable for those that would prefer not to have a lightshow in their computer. The problem is that good implementations are rare.
  2. I'd be concerned about heat. I can't remember what company did it, but there used to be an RGB SATA based SSD and it got so hot it would throttle itself when the RGB was turned on.

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