With their name at the top of the market, Kingston is still one of the biggest flash memory and DRAM vendors, globally. While their best game is in the USB / flash card storages and DRAMs, the company’s also a primary player in the market of SSDs. And with the unstoppable and continuous RGB train that’s passing each stop in your computer, the SSD is definitely one thing that can’t be forgotten; that also goes for the Fury RGB 480GB SSD from HyperX.
If you think about it, this isn’t really something new to the market, but it is something that the company seems keen on sharing with every enthusiast of RGB lighting. So with that, we’re going to focus the HyperX Fury RGB 480GB SSD which, as the name states, has an adjustable support for RGB lighting. Let’s start off with what’s inside the box.
HyperX Fury RGB 480GB SSD Review – What’s in the Box?
What we have is the 480GB SSD and it comes in a sturdy, durable package with a huge image of the device right on display. Together with this, there are also a few icons that exhibit that this drive makes use of 3D NAND; plus, it has RGB included.
The box’s rear displays a total of three images of the colors shown as an inclusion of the RGB cycle. Beneath these are the contents of the box listed both in French and English. To the side of this is a note that talks about the 3-year warranty that Kingston supports the drive with.
When you open the box, you’ll find the Fury RGB 480GB SSD fit perfectly in place; plus, other items that you’ll find in the package includes the installation kit that is filled with a ton of bobs and bits that you’ll need for setting up the device. There’s an included 3.5-inch bracket, as well as mounting screws that are necessary for installing the Fury RGB in your desktop computer.
Also included are the external USB 3.0 enclosure with the USB 3.1 Type-A to the mini USB cable, one screwdriver with two bits, and an RGB connection cable. Another inclusion in the package is the activation key for the Acronis True-Image HD cloning software which is something that you can download from the official Kingston website. Lastly, the company also included a quick startup guide, as well as some other HyperX marketing materials.
HyperX Fury RGB 480GB SSD Review
Generally, the packaging that they used was a bit basic but it had all the information that you’d need so we’re not complaining about this. Though once you unbox the device, you’ll realize that the HyperX Fury RGB 480GB SSD has that very nice and premium feel to it. We’ve already had a couple of SSDs that felt light and a bit cheap and this is compared to the sturdier, more solid, and metallic build of the HyperX SSD.
What’s nice about the Fury RGB 480GB SSD from HyperX is that it can fit and match any build, even the more high-end computers that you’d want to show off. The front part of the SSD is tough and can be considered as an item coming from the military. Its perforated metallic sections aid in diffusing the lighting while simultaneously enhancing the device’s appearance when it’s switched off. The opposite side is quite simple and features just the usual four-drive mounts and the product’s label.
Thanks to its RGB lighting, you’ll get a third connection right at the end of the drive together with the usual SATA data and power. The micro USB links to the 4-pin RGB connection found on your motherboard; if it’s left unpopulated, the device will boot in a static red.
Once you remove the lid from the drive, it will reveal a white plastic back on the lid’s design where the cutouts for the RGB LED lights shine through. Speaking of the LEDs, there are a total of 75 on one side of the PCB, so if there’s no control for the RGB, the drive will automatically default to a red light scheme, giving the drive a slightly edgy appearance once it gets powered up. On the other portion of the PCB, you’ll find the rest of the components that are vital for the SSD. There are a total of four Kingston-branded Toshiba Bi-CS3 64-layer 3D TLC-NAND packages together with the Marvell 88-SS 1074 four-channel controllers. Plus, there’s also a DRAM chip included.
The Fury RGB 480GB SSD makes use of 75 internal RGB LED modules that are fixed onto the same PCB just like the Storage-related components. All the LED lights are distributed to give you adequate amounts of coverage for the backlit logo of HyperX, as well as its edge highlights. Its light passes through a thin white sheet of plastic that functions as a diffuser; it also goes through a perforated metal sheet that adds a bit of texture to its lighting effects.
The two layers also block light which is most likely why the HyperX Fury RGB 480GB SSD needs a lot of LEDs. The light forces the device to be a bit thicker at 9.5 millimeters compared to most SATA SSDs at 7 millimeters.
The HyperX Fury RGB 480GB SSD has controllable lighting via the connector that’s next to the SATA data and power connectors. The company made use of a USB micro-B connector, but isn’t electrically compatible with the USB. Instead, the included adapter cable with the drive should be utilized to link to a 4-pin 12 Volt RGB header found on the motherboard, or on any other lighting controller. This will allow the lighting’s color to be modified as a group since individual management of the LED lights is not possible.
Alternatively, if the LED cable isn’t connected, the drive will shift to default, illuminating the red LEDs via the 12-Volt supply found on the SATA power connector. This is while the rest of the Fury RGB 480GB SSD makes use of the 5-Volt supply just like how a regular SATA SSD would. These LED lights can also be controlled and powered via the LED cable even when the power connector of the SATA does not provide any power.
Once it’s installed, the RGB at the top of the drive will immediately catch everyone’s attention, either as a simple glow through the air vents or directly at the back of the transparent panels.
Dynamic RGB Lighting
With the HyperX Fury RGB 480GB SSD, you can enhance your system’s appearance and performance. This update comes along with all the necessary upgrade for smooth performance and stunning RGB effects. The drive has a light bar that makes your rig look more stylish.
Sync RGB Devices with Daisy Chain
The HyperX Fury RGB 480GB SSD allows you to daisy chain with other compatible RGB devices for you to have a more stunning and stylish rig that every builder would love to have.
Say goodbye to those bulky squared builds with the design of the HyperX Fury RGB 480GB SSD. Its top case is made to emphasize its lighting, which is perfect for builders who don’t want to skip on both performance and style.
Ten Times the Speed of a Hard Drive
With a Marvell controller and 3D NAND, the Fury RGB works faster with speed rates of 480 MB/s write and 550 MB/s read. These also make the SSD extra efficient and durable.
The SSD conforms to the dimensions set by the usual 2.5-inch factor. Compared to latest 2.5-inch SSDs in the market, the HyperX Fury RGB 480GB SSD comes with an all metallic case with a thickness of 9.5 millimeters. The company made use of the SATA 6 Gbps and is compatible with the older SATA standards and can work at diminished performance. Take note of the small micro USB connector that’s on the left side of the SSD. It is where you connect the RGB cable from your computer’s motherboard.
The lighting system isn’t controlled via the SATA interface, but it is managed by a separate 4-pin connector that is linked to the RGB headers of the motherboard. This approach makes it compatible with the ASUS Aura Sync, MSI Mystic Light, Gigabyte RGB Fusion, and the ASRock RGB Sync. This is to prevent you from having to install proprietary software for the RGB controls. The Fury RGB’s cable comes with a pass-through header that’s specifically designed for the RGB signal so you can easily link extra RGB-capable hardware coming from any manufacturer.
The SSD portion of the HyperX Fury RGB 480GB SSD has a total of four 3D TLC chips, one 512 MB Kingston DDR-3 chip, and a Marvell 88-SS 1074 controller. Like almost every TLC-based SSD, this Fury RGB 480GB SSD from HyperX runs portions of its flash in SLC mode to get higher performance. Its limited warranty is based on the SSD Life Remaining (3 years) which can be found via the Kingston SSD Manager.
Using the Product
The HyperX Fury RGB 480GB SSD was much heavier compared to the stock SSD from the WD that came with our gaming rig; plus, it also appears to have been made better and with higher quality which is really good. It doesn’t come with a SATA connector, though you don’t have to worry since you can use a connector from an existing drive; though it does include a mini USB cable and RGB connector. And since HyperX has all the necessary accessories that you’d need, you’d be able to install the Fury RGB 480GB SSD right out of the box without needing any other additional item. Honestly, we had more issues in finding a good spot to position our PC than we did with cabling.
We’ve mentioned earlier that its default color is red which is pretty cool since we already have our machine loaded with a lot of red LEDs. Though if yours isn’t sporting the red theme, it’s totally fine. It still looks good with other colors so you’re still good to go, and you’ll still be able to show off your awesome gaming rig to fellow gamers.
When it comes to the software, we really liked that it lets you use the drive as a backup for your original SSD. If we needed, we could easily use the Fury RGB 480GB SSD as a backup just in case our original drive stops working for whatever reason. As for the RGB LEDs, using it is very straightforward especially when utilizing it on a platform that completely supports this. Basically, if you’re using a gaming rig and aren’t utilizing an SSD, you’re definitely missing out on real efficient performance. We’d go to as far as saying that any PC you’re running should have an SSD like the Fury RGB for excellent performance and a quick boot up.
The HyperX Fury RGB 480GB SSD features a rock-solid metal case which gives it its high-quality appearance and feel. When it comes to its build, it seems like the highest-quality among all SSD’s we’ve had in our hands. Although it gets warm due to its LEDs, it’s really far from overheating which is another plus to this SSD.
RGB effects are definitely the HyperX Faury RGB 480GB SSD’s stand-out feature. After installation and seeing the RGB effects, we saw how stunning the SSD looked in out build. For the perforated lighting zones, we also think that these looked great against the drive’s enclosure. All in all, we really love the RGB effects and the everyday performance of the HyperX Fury RGB 480GB SSD. We really think that its design is great while it also works excellently with its glass case. Usually, SSDs are hidden behind a case but with the HyperX Fury RGB 480GB SSD, you can have both performance and style.
If you’re looking for your own SSD that is solid, stylish, durable, and efficient, we highly recommend the HyperX Fury RGB 480GB SSD.