1 million hours MTBF
3-year warranty with free technical support
A Closer Look
The Product arrived in a sleek and visually eye-catching box. The rear side appears information heavy, actually it’s just the main features in English, and repeated again in a variety of other languages. This sample being the “Upgrade Kit” version, the contents are listed as the drive, mounting bracket, adapter and software. Warranty is clearly shown as 3 years.
Before we get to the actual SSD, you’ll find a user manual, HyperX sticker and a code for Acronis True image HD. The SSD is found, in possibly the most well-padded box I’ve ever seen, with a mass amount of foam all around the exterior.
This version includes a 3.5″ drive bracket and a 7.5mm to 9mm adapter.
Generally there is very little to say about the styling on any SSD, I think the exception in the past was the 3K, also from Kingston. It’s common to find nothing more than a simple sticker, indicating name or model number.
Not on the Savage…the diamond cut plate is shaped in non-other than an X, a nod to the HyperX brand. Colour is a highly reflective anodized red, with small silver portions around the edging. While some users feel red is the most overused, colour on the market for components, it’s a classic fan favorite and will appeal to the masses.
Naturally the colour is matched to mirror the Savage ram kits, but many other products exist to complement the red present here on the savage SSD. Here are just a few examples.
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||MSI Z97 GAMING 7
|| MSI Radeon 270X Gaming
SSD – 2x Kingston HyperX 3k 240GB
M.2 -Kingston M.2
||Windows 8.1 Pro 64-Bit
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- AS SSD
- X264 Benchmark
CRYSTAL DISK MARK
CrystalDiskMark is a disk benchmark software. It measure sequential reads/writes speed, measure random 512KB, 4KB, 4KB (Queue Depth=32) reads/writes speed, select test data (Random, 0Fill, 1Fill), provide theme support and Multi-Language support
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We find the best way to test a drive’s ability with both compressible and in-compressible data, is to run Crystal Mark in its default manner, then switch over to the 0FILL test.
The results are almost identical (SEQ), showing the new controllers ability, compared to the 3K. Some brands have a way with words, and don’t often clearly show the facts, and this causes confusion for the consumer. Kingston have stamped the “up to” speed on the main box as, 560/530MB/s. This is from an ATTO test but they don’t hide this key fact, so we won’t be discouraged if we don’t match those numbers here.
What we recorded was a 544MB/s in read and 525MB/s write, When we switch over the o-fill test, we find the Savage produced much stronger 512k’s ,4k and 4kQD32 results (write)
The HyperX Savage takes first place in our database, both read and write, a fantastic start.
As the industry’s leading provider of high-performance storage connectivity products, ATTO has created a widely accepted Disk Benchmark freeware utility to help measure storage system performance. Disk Benchmark identifies performance in hard drives, solid state drives, RAID arrays as well as connections to storage
With ATTO, We consistently matched or bettered the expected figures of 560MB/s read and 530MB/s write
Peak of 561MB/s Read & 544MB/s write
AS SSD BENCHMARK
No option to change test data type with AS SSD, so the target is 560MB/s read and 530MB/s write
We’re not able hit those numbers, but as said above this does not indicate any problems.
The Savage is not able to deliver the top SEQ reads here, but is only behind a tiny margin, it does deliver the best 4K 64 numbers to date.
In terms of raw SEQ WRITE speeds, the Savage really delivers the goods here.
PC MARK 8
PCMark 8 combines performance benchmarking, battery life testing, a dedicated benchmark for SSDs and HDDs, and real-world tests using popular applications from Adobe and Microsoft. It’s an essential tool for anyone who wants to get the most out of their hardware.
PCMark 8 includes five new benchmark tests, each designed around a typical use scenario. Choose the benchmark that best matches your needs, or run all five for a complete picture of your PC’s performance. Each benchmark produces a score you can use to compare systems as well as detailed results you can use to gain a deep understanding of system performance
A fair effort from the Savage, but not able to dethrone some of the other SSD’s we reviewed. Simple truth being, the differences are minimal between them all.
Our in-house real world test, takes several common applications including Photoshop, winrar,X264 and runs a preset script, these are ran individually and then again, at all the same time to measure multitask performance. We are looking for the lowest times possible here.
The Savage really shines here, bettering the original 3K and the more recent budget model, the FURY…and everything else!
Sub Testing – [Winrar]
We can expand and look deeper into the drives ability more. The test method is to create a RAR archive and then extract it from a pre-configured folder. The folder contains several files type both compressible and incompressible. We don’t have all our previously reviewed product data for every SSD we’ve ever looked at, as this is a recent addition to the current testing suite.
This is exactly why we run these additional tests, because it shows benefits of one drive, over another in a different way. The Gains over the older 3K are significant.
Sub Testing – [File Copy]
The following test data is generated Bench. Moving real data to the device, these numbers ought to be something we’re all more familiar with, a typical file copy within windows shows the current transfer speed. The figure tends to bounce around a lot and slow down towards the end. These results are Average transfer speeds and not peak.
Creating and moving folders with mixed data types and ISO files this time around. The results are tighter here but Savage comes out on top again!
It’s been a rollercoaster ride with the SATA III interface, since its appearance many years ago. Over time manufacturers have tried to squeeze every last drop, from the theoretical limits of the aging technology. Changes to nand and controllers were key of course, but we seemed to hit the wall, and more recently we have had the era of the budget SSD, not only cheaper but more able than ever. To confuse matters more for the consumer was the introduction of M.2, which really added a spanner in the works. SATA express has yet to materialise and just recently we’ve seen something new, from Intel. Naturally consumers are more confused than ever, when it comes to purchasing a new drive. Today has shown there is still plenty of grunt left in the SATA III interface, and until other options fall in price, ranges grow, there is nothing to suggest the tech is going anywhere soon.
Anyhow let’s talk about the actual product and how it performed, I must confess I had not expected the Savage to score as well as it did. It’s clear the new Phison S10 controller is a massive improvement over the now redundant version in the 3K. I don’t want to rake over old ground here but it’s critical that we emphasise, that the new controller is of course faster, but above all it does not have the same restrictions that the 3K did. The Phison S10 will perform blisteringly fast with both compressible and incompressible data. Specifically in the Crystal Disk mark testing, where you can choose, the drive does perform better in O-fill (compressible). The savage is able to flex and achieve more, but theirs is no obvious real drawback when it came to real world testing.
Pricing on the day or review, depending if you want the upgrade kit or stand alone drive, is £85-£110 here in the UK. Cheapest we found was at OverclockersUK, so be quick!. Pushing into the market about £10 more than the Fury, a budget SSD also from Kingston. Is it worth the extra? We’ll I think the numbers we’ve shown today, prove it is. It’s not just about the numbers though, ascetics on the Savage are a touch of brilliance, again I won’t digress but an ever growing portion of the market does care about looks. Enthusiasts and custom PC builders will be naturally drawn to the Savage, as briefly shown earlier, many other matching products exist, allowing you to create a visually sleek system.
We would like to thank Kingston for providing the review sample and look forward to bring more content in the near future