Fantom Drives launches VENOM8 NVMe SSD drives

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Fantom Drives has launched a new range of NVMe solid-state drives (SSDs). The company says that the VENOM8 is fast enough for use in 4K and even 8K video production.

Speed

The VENOM8 SSD range uses a super-fast PCIe Gen4 x 4 interface. As a result, the drives have maximum sequential read speeds up to 7400 MB/s and write speeds up to 6900 MB/s. These read/write speeds are up to 45 times faster than hard drives and 13 times faster than SATA SSDs. The figures are also two times faster than the M.2 NVMe drives. Fantom Drives says that the VENOM8 is one of the fastest solid-state drives in the consumer market. The drives are backward compatible with PCIe Gen 3, Gen2 and Gen1 motherboards. However, the maximum transfer speeds will be slower on older motherboards.

Capacity

The VENOM8 SSDs are available in 1 TB, 2 TB and 4 TB capacities in an M.2 2280 form factor. The drives use 176-layer 3D NAND technology and have an SK Hynix DDR4 DRAM Cache. In addition, the VENOM8 is equipped with TRIM support. This technology improves the performance of writing data to SSDs and helps extend their life. The VENOM8 drives also support SMART (Self-Monitoring Analysis and Reporting Technology), APST and LDPC ECC algorithms to correct errors.

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Durability

The VENOM8 SSDs promise extremely high reliability with 3000 TBW endurance for the 4 TB model. If you wrote 1 TB of data to the drive every day, it would still last you over eight years. The figure is nearly four times higher than the 800 TBW that Crucial quotes for its 4 TB P3 SSD. The VENOM8 drives also have an MTBF of 1.6 million hours. In addition, the drives give you military-grade data security and AES 256-bit encryption.

Verdict

The VENOM8 range of SSDs have very high read and write speeds, so they are ideal for the demands of digital video. The drives also have high TBW figures, meaning they should last a long time, even if you use them for video work daily. If you want to upgrade your editing system or add additional storage, then the VENOM8 drives may be just what you need.

Availability

The VENOM8 SSDs are available now direct from Fantom Drives and retailers such as Amazon and B&H. The drives are priced at $125 for the 1 TB model, $225 for 2 TB, and $599 for the 4 TB version.