Kingston’s HyperX is definitely making a huge name for itself. If you follow eSports, you most definitely had seen HyperX sponsoring all these big names and teams, even Twitch and YouTube streamers are being sponsored by HyperX. However, it is not just the pro-players and streamers giving HyperX its name. The actual product itself has reigned supreme in SSD. HyperX’s 3K was one of the best performing SSD that was released on the market. This was over three years ago and things change and there have been improvements on SSDs over this course of time. Nowadays, HyperX’s 3K is now just a mere entry-level SSD. Kingston is looking to reclaim its rightful throne in the market again and is replacing their outdated HyperX 3K with the Kingston HyperX Savage.
The Kingston HyperX Savage is better than the HyperX 3K with writing compressed data. The HyperX 3K uses SandForce and it is not as optimized when it comes to writing incompressible data.
This SSD is a mid-range SSD while at the top is Kingston’s HyperX Predator PCIe SSD and at the bottom with entry-level specs is HyperX Fury SATA III SSD. It is powered by a Phison PS3110-S10 quad-core, eight channel controller. It is a deviation of the SandForce controller in which the previous HyperX 3K had.
The HyperX Savage has four versions with different sizes namely; the 120 GB, 240 GB, 480 GB and the 960 GB. Its warranty is 3 years and you can purchase a stand-alone package or a bundled upgrade kit. The former has the drive, an Acronis key, a 3.5” bracket along with mounting screws and a 7 mm – 9.5 mm adapter. The latter has everything in the stand-alone one but included with that are a 2.5” USB 3.0 enclosure with cable, a multi-bit screwdriver and a SATA data cable.
With these numbers, it looks like the HyperX Savage might just be the rightful successor for the HyperX 3K. However, advertised numbers could still vary in actual use and that is what we are here for. We are looking to see if the Kingston HyperX Savage is really the rightful heir of the HyperX 3K.
Kingston HyperX Savage Review – Whats in the Box?
Although, Kingston HyperX Savage comes in various versions that have different sizes, we are going to personally focus and review on the 240 GB version.
I personally love the look of this solid-state drive with a stylish red and black theme and this color theme is also adopted by its packaging. We will start with the front of the flip-top packaging which like most products have its picture of the product on the front. Here we can see the picture of the SSD sporting its color theme. You can see this color pattern as well on the background with tints of red on it on top of a black background. The word “SAVAGE” is also in red that continues this color theme. Under that we have the words solid-state drive which lets the consumer know this is indeed an SSD. On the right side of the box, you can see the size of the SSD. Ours is 240 GB and under the size, you can see the read and write speeds of 560 mb/s and 530 mb/s respectively. When you look below, you will see the three year warranty and free technical support for people who purchase this and to its right, there is also the stylized HyperX logo.
If you look at the back, you will see a list and also pictures of the contents. It also talks about the advantages of using a solid-state drive rather than using the typical hard drive. If you are reading this review I will assume you know some of its advantages but if not, in general solid-state drives tend to be a lot faster in both read and write than typical hard drives.
Besides the actual SSD, it also comes with the migration kit that has various accessories. These are a 2.5” to 3.5” adapter, a SATA cable, mounting screws, screwdriver, HyperX sticker, an external USB 3.0 SSD enclosure and an Acronis software key.
SSDs vs HDDs
Why SSDs you ask? And is it really worth it to upgrade from a HDD to a SSD?
SSDs is much more enhanced than the traditional HDDs. First, it has no moving parts this would mean that it is more robust and resistant to vibration and shock however the superiority of SSDs is much more noticeable on the performance with sequential as well as random speeds.
You will notice this as programs and even the OS itself boots up faster compared to a traditional hard drive once you install it on a solid state drive. And system scans are much more faster compared to traditional hard drives that take much longer.
Plus, it is also a lot more smaller and lighter than hard drives which makes solid state drives easier and faster to install in your rig.
As I have said before, the general look of this SSD is really good and it fits for a gaming theme and if you have a red and black rig, this would fit. The HyperX Savage has a nice heft that extrudes which makes it look even cooler.
At the bottom of the drive, we can find a tamper evident sticker as well as a manufacturer’s label which is at the bottom center of the drive.
The drive itself is made of metal and this improves its durability and also makes it look and feel very premium. It is also only 7 mm thick. The Kingston HyperX Savage, like most recent SSDs uses the SATA 6 Gbps interface which is compatible with older SATA standard. However, it won’t have peak performance. It has 16 flash chips on the PCB and a DRAM chip as well.
Despite Kingston branding their NAND, it is actually a Toshiba 19nm Toggle Mode MLC. There are eight 16 GB Toshiba A19nm MLC TSOP (Thin Small Outline Package) flash packages on both sides making a total number of 16. The HyperX Savage has one 2 GB (256 mb) Nanya 1600 MHz CL 11 DDR DRAM cache package. This controller offers a lot of features like end to end data path protection, support for TLC NAND and Smart ECC to recover uncorrectable errors.
This drive also uses the 256 mb of Nanya DDR3 1600 MHz DRAM for the DRAM buffer.
Phison S10 Controller
The Phison S10 controller that is a quad-core 8-channel controller is towards the side of the drive and takes the most space and is angled at a 45 degree angle. You will instantly notice it once you see it. It also servers two flash packages per channel. It is a high-performance, quad-core controller that powers and what makes solid-state drives better than Serial ATA interface. This controller is also used by the Patriot Ignite SSD. It is quite a high end SATA 6 Gbps controller that features four cores and eight channels as I have mentioned earlier.
This controller is one of the most powerful. The big quad-core 8-channel flash processor is the one that dedicates one core that will host operations while the other three of its cores will be focused on flash management. This background flash management is what makes the HyperX Savage able to deliver sustained performance. This controller has a ton of other features like end-to-end data path protection, advanced error correction and static and dynamic wear-leveling. This controller does not use LDCP error correction technology unlike what has been spread. It actually uses BCH ECC technology instead.
- Brand: Kingston
- Model: HyperX Savage
- Model: SHSS37A / 120 G, SHSS37A / 240 G, SHSS37A / 480 G, SHSS37A / 960 G
- NAND: Toshiba 19nm Toggle Mode MLC
- Sequential Reads: 560 mb/s
- Sequential Writes: 330 mb/s
- Dimensions: 100.0 mm x 69.9 mm x 7.0 mm
- Weight: 120 GB, 240 GB, 480 GB – 96 g
960 GB – 92 g
- Controller: Phison PS3110-S10
- Flash Type: Kingston, 19 nm MLC
- Form Factor: SATA 2.5”
- Thickness: 240 GB (223.6 GB usuable)
16 GB additional overprovisioning
- Interface: SATA Rev. 3.0 (6 Gbps)
Backwards compatibility to SATA Rev. 2.0 (3 Gbps)
- Capacities: 120 GB, 240 GB, 480 GB, 960 GB
- Firmware: SAFm00.r
- TRIM supported: Yes
- NCQ supported: Yes
- Power Consumption: 0.39W Idle / 0.5W Avg / 1.4W (MAX) Read / 4.35W (MAX) Write
- Vibrating Operating: 2.17 Peak (7 – 800 Hz)
- Vibrating Non-Operating: 20 G Peak (10 – 2000 Hz)
- Storage Temperature: -40°C ~ 85°C
- Operating Temperature: 0° ~ 70°C
- Life Expectancy: 1 million hours MTBF
- Total Bytes Written (TBW): 120 GB: 113 TB 0.89 DWPD
240 GB: 306 TB 1.19 DWPD
480 GB: 416 TB 0.81 DWPD
960 GB: 681 TB 0.66 DWPD
- Warranty/Support: 3 year warranty with free technical support
Kingston advertises the HyperX Savage’s sequential read at 560 mb/s while its sequential compressible write speed will vary depending on the capacity but it maxes out at 530 mb/s. Its sequential incompressible write speed is also dynamic and will depend by capacity but it maxes at 510 mb/s. Its maximum random 4K read performance slightly varies also by capacity but maxes at 100K IOPS while its maximum random 4K write performance also slightly varies by capacity and maxes out at 89K IOPS.
We will see if what has been advertised is really what we get and if we also get a few bonuses along the way.
AS SSD Benchmark
The AS SSD gives a broad result. It shows that the HyperX Savage reaches up to 522mb/s read and 495 mb/s write respectively in the sequential benchmark. If we compare these results on what Kingston has specified it is pretty close since according to Kingston, the HyperX Savage 240 GB reaches up 520 mb/s and 510 mb/s write speed on AS SSD.
The compression yielded great results. For this test you want a straight line because this would that there was no compression performance loss. The HyperX Savage 240 GB has pretty flat results which mean that it performs the same with both compressible data and in-compressible data.
This benchmark utility measures the sequential and also random read and write speeds.
With this benchmark, the HyperX Savage 240 GB achieved 558 mb/s read and 532 mb/s write when it was ran on default settings with the CrystalDiskMark.
Anvil Storage Utilities
For this benchmark, we will measure the storage performance of the Kingston HyperX Savage. Anvil is a powerful tool that can measure performance in various tests that the user can customize. Some tests are however similar to other tests.
Kingston HyperX Savage’s overall Anvil SSD benchmark score is 4,576.95.
It is almost important to note that having low power is also important. Kingston did specify the power consumption of the HyperX Savage on the specifications sheet which are 0.39W Idle / 0.5W Avg / 1.4W (MAX) Read / 4.35W (MAX) Write.
We decided to still test it out on the HyperX Savage 240 GB and if the SSD is in an idle power state, the HyperX Savage 240 GB uses about 0.41 Watts which is roughly close as to what Kingston has put on the drive’s specifications sheet. When it is at peak power, the drive reached up to 4.58 Watts on sequential write operations.
Kingston no longer manufactures their old HyperX 3K SSDs however is the new HyperX Savage a worthy successor that once reigned supreme years ago?
It seems so. It is a solid SSD that yielded solid results. The HyperX Savage SSD that deviates from the previous SandForce controller which now uses a Phison controller is a huge improvement. The benchmark numbers that Kingston provided are roughly pretty close on the tests. This thing is quite fast. Its write transfers are incredibly fast. Besides its performance, the quality of the build is also pretty good and looks pretty cool too. It stands out but does not overdo it making it look weird. The red and black theme seamlessly fit well together and would look well on a lot of rigs. It is indeed a worthy replacement for the older and outdated HyperX 3K. Not to mention it is able to run well with other fast drives.
Overall, the performance of the HyperX Savage had good results on the CrystalDiskMark sequential read and write test. When it comes to the power consumption, it might be ideal for laptops however, if you own a desktop rig, you will not need to worry about this issue obviously.
As for the upgrade bundle, it has everything you need like the screwdriver to mount as well as the mounting bracket which is a good plus.
Where to Buy
You can pickup the Kingston HyperX Savage 240GB SSD for around $170AUD. For more information head on over to the HyperX website.