HyperX Savage SSD Conclusion
IMPORTANT: Although the rating and final score mentioned in this conclusion are made to be as objective as possible, please be advised that every author perceives these factors differently at various points in time. While we each do our best to ensure that all aspects of the product are considered, there are often times unforeseen market conditions and manufacturer changes which occur after publication that could render our rating obsolete. Please do not base any purchase solely on our conclusion, as it represents our product rating specifically for the product tested which may differ from future versions. Benchmark Reviews begins our conclusion with a short summary for each of the areas that we rate.
Our first rating is performance, which compares how effective the HyperX Savage SSD performs in benchmark operations against competing SATA-based solid state drive storage solutions. For reference, Kingston specifications suggest 560 MB/s maximum reads and 530 MB/s write speeds from the HyperX Savage 240GB, 480GB, 960GB capacities. In our storage benchmark tests this solid state drive performed beyond this speed, producing results that surpassed the fastest SATA-based products previously tested. ATTO Disk Benchmark tests proved the 240GB HyperX Savage SSD was good for delivering 566/547 MBps peak read/writes speeds, placing among the fastest performance we’ve recorded from any SATA-based drive. Linear testing with AIDA64 Disk Benchmark produced 509/491 MBps, finishing at the very top of all results and just above the 850 PRO. Sequential read/write speed tests with AS-SSD Benchmark produced 518/505 MBps.
The Kingston HyperX Savage solid state drive sent to us for testing is advertised to deliver up to 100,000 random 4KB read IOPS at QD32, and 89,000 random 4KB write IOPS from its Phison controller. Using Iometer operational performance tests configured to a queue depth of 32 outstanding I/O’s per target across 100% of the drive, our benchmarks produced only 24,143 combined IOPS performance from the 240GB drive. This places operational I/O performance well behind the most other modern SSDs. Looking at 4K 32QD test results using AS-SSD and CrystalDiskMark, this point was reinforced.
Performance for the HyperX Savage SSD is best summarized as very fast, but less so with heavy I/O tasks.
Solid State Drive storage devices are low-visibility products: you see them just long enough to install and then they’re usually forgotten. Like their Hard Disk Drive counterparts, the Solid State Drive is intended to place function before fashion. Anything above and beyond a simple metal shell is already more than what’s expected in terms of the appearance. Kingston has created a sleek 7mm profile with a colorful anodized finish on the HyperX Savage series. The bright red design stands out, unlike the painted chassis we see with so many others.
Construction is probably the strongest feature credited to the entire solid state product segment, allowing Kingston to stand behind the quality of their product with a three-year warranty. SSDs are by nature immune to most abuses, but add a hard metal shell and the chance for failure is reduced to internal component defects. If there are ever any problems with a HyperX Savage SSD during the warranty period, end-users may visit Kingston Technical Support to email or chat with agents, or call them directly at 800-435-0640 during business hours.
As of launch day 27 April 2015, the 240GB Kingston HyperX Savage SSD tested for this review was available online for $145.99 ( Amazon | B&H | Newegg ). This price settles into the average for solid state storage at this capacity.
In conclusion, HyperX Savage sets the bar for transfer speeds with benchmark results never achieved by another SATA SSD. While no other SSD can deliver sustained transfer speeds as high as HyperX Savage, operational performance meets the demanding needs of enthusiasts but trails far behind other contenders. We would have loved to see IOPS delivered at record-setting levels just like transfer speeds, but this wasn’t the case with HyperX Savage. That being said, HyperX Savage is for performance enthusiasts, not server installations (in fact, Kingston specifically notes that this is not a server drive). Benchmark Reviews recommends the HyperX Savage to those gamers and enthusiasts with a need for speed, but those building a server for VMs and high I/O databases should look elsewhere.
+ Outstanding 566/547 MBps read/write speed with ATTO
+ Phison controller supports TRIM and NCQ
+ 3-Year Kingston product warranty support
+ Offered in 120/240/480/960GB storage capacities
+ Lightweight compact storage solution
+ Resistant to extreme shock impact
+ Low power consumption may extend battery life
– Less impressive IOPS performance
– Some manufacturers offer 5+ years of warranty support
- Performance: 9.00
- Appearance: 9.75
- Construction: 9.50
- Functionality: 9.00
- Value: 7.75
Final Score: 9.00 out of 10.
Excellence Achievement: Benchmark Reviews Golden Tachometer Award.
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