Patriot Hellfire 480GB M.2 NVMe SSD Review – Is It On Fire?
Patriot Hellfire M.2 NVMe SSD Pricing and Availability
The Patriot Hellfire 480GB M.2 NVMe SSD is now available in the US and UK. At launch, the manufacturer’s suggested retail price was $230 for the 480GB, while the 240GB was $130. Patriot Memory also offers a 3-year limited warranty for their Hellfire M.2 SSD. At the time this review was published, retail price was around $240; some retailers even sell this at $260. SSD and memory prices change frequently; sometimes they go up and sometimes prices drop. Be sure to check out the links below for their latest pricing and availability.
For US: available at eBay.com here
For UK: available at Amazon UK here
Patriot Hellfire 480GB M.2 NVMe SSD Review: Conclusion
Let’s talk about its performance first. The Patriot Hellfire 480GB M.2 performs very fast (compared to a SATA SSD) and it was near the advertised speed. Just like with any other storage device, I don’t usually expect that they would hit the advertised speeds; because most of the time they don’t. But in the case of our Patriot Hellfire 480GB M.2, it was near the advertised speeds. Sequential read speeds was around 2000MB/s or above, depending on the test; and sequential write speed was around 1200MB/s ~ 1500 MB/s again depending on the test. I think its performance is right on; however, note that this is not the fastest M.2 NVMe SSD around. Although we don’t have a Samsung 960 EVO and 960 PRO on hand, Samsung’s M.2 NVMe SSD still leads in terms of raw performance. But you’ll have to pay a premium price for their SSDs.
Speaking of price, this is where the Patriot Hellfire M.2 can become competitive. Patriot’s NVMe SSDs are usually cheaper compared to the competition; and that’s their advantage. However, you’ll have to check the current retail prices since they do fluctuate frequently. Buy it if the price is near or below MSRP; but don’t buy it if it’s way more expensive that its MSRP.
My only concern with the Patriot Hellfire M.2 is its temperature. Generally most M.2 NVMe SSDs suffer from thermal issue due to lack of heatsink. Thus I recommend that you at least install a fan that will cool off the M.2 drive, in case your motherboard doesn’t have a heatsink for M.2 drives. Do not install your M.2 drives below a graphics card with an open-air cooler design. Because if you are playing games, all the heat exhausted from the graphics card will go sideways and the M.2 sitting beneath the graphics card will suffer from the heat exhausted from the graphics card’s heat sink.
At the end of the day, I was pretty impressed with Patriot’s Hellfire 480GB M.2 NVMe SSD, despite its hellish temperature (again pun intended). The system was very snappy; boot up and shut down time are fast; applications load faster; games load faster; and our overall experience was great. If you are looking for a fast storage solution (faster than an SSD), and you don’t have much budget to spend on premium NVMe SSDs, consider the Patriot Hellfire 480GB M.2 on your upgrade list.