Closer Look: HyperX Savage SSD
Solid state storage devices have gained quick popularity with performance-minded consumers because they work equally well in PC, Linux, or Apple computer systems. Likewise, these drives install quite easily into both desktop and notebook platforms without any modification necessary. The HyperX Savage SSD is designed for the mainstream performance consumer segment, and gives personal computers a much faster response time that can help boost productivity. In this article Benchmark Reviews tests the 240GB HyperX Savage solid state drive.
HyperX Savage SSDs are available in 2.5″ SATA form factor only, as they’re intended for the retail consumer market. Kingston Technology offers the HyperX Savage series in four capacities for the SATA interface: 120GB, 240GB, 480GB, and 960GB. HyperX Savage is designed to write 306TB total on this 240GB model, with 1-million hours MTBF and backed with a 3-year limited warranty.
Unlike fragile the older Hard Disk Drive (HDD) magnetic storage products, SSDs are not nearly as sensitive to impact damage and do not require (or benefit from) any kind of special vibration dampening or shock-proof enclosures. Once installed the SSD is usually hidden away from view, but HyperX Savage SSD gives gamers and enthusiasts a reason to show off its sharp looks.
The HyperX Savage SSD features a 7mm thick chassis that comes with an anodized red, silver, and black metal finish. Kingston utilizes a standard two-piece metal enclosure for the HyperX Savage SSD, with product branding at the top panel and product information label on the bottom. Internal components are revealed by removing a small counter-sunk screw located at the bottom of this solid state drive.
Standard 2.5″ drive bay mounting points are pre-drilled into the SSD chassis with fine screw threading, allowing this drive to fit directly into notebook computers that use SATA connections. For older notebooks that fit a 9mm drive, users should purchase a plastic adapter that fits atop this 7mm SSD. The threaded mounting positions matched up to the drive bracket on my notebook computer, and after only a few minutes of upgrading I booted-up from a restored Windows Backup Image with ease.
HyperX Savage utilizes a quad-core eight-channel Phison PS3110-S10 storage controller, which features data CRC and ECC error detection/correction functionality to prevent data loss or corruption. Phison calls this Smart ECC technology designed to recover uncorrectable errors. When a page fault occurs and flash ECC protection fails to recover from the errors, the defective page will be reconstructed by the Phison Smart ECC engine.
Backwards compatible with SATA 1.5 GB/s and 3.0 GB/s interfaces, the SATA 6.0 GB/s Phison controller offers: TRIM support and active garbage collection for supported Operating Systems (such as Microsoft Windows 7/8), power loss protection, ECC (Error Correction Code), and basic Self-Monitoring, Analysis, and Reporting Technology (SMART) command set.
In the next few sections we’ll test the HyperX Savage SSD, and compare this solid state drive to other retail storage products intended for notebook and desktop installations. HyperX Savage claims 560 MB/s read and 530 MB/s write speeds, which Kingston advertises capable of up to 100,000/89,000 read/write IOPS.