Drive Details - Kingston HyperX Savage 240GB SATA III 2.5" SSD
Kingston sent us the upgrade bundle. The front of the flip-top box has a picture of the drive on it. Capacity is listed along with the drive's sequential compressible write speeds. The drive's three-year warranty and free technical support is advertised along the lower left corner.
The rear of the box lists and pictures the contents and informs us of a few of the inherent advantages of solid-state storage.
The complete contents of our bundled upgrade package are displayed here.
Kingston's HyperX Savage is aesthetically stunning. The drive itself has a nice heft to it exuding quality. I particularly like the sharp edged design.
The bottom of the drive's steel enclosure attaches to the top via 4-Torqx security screws, one of which is covered by a tamper evident sticker. A manufacturer's label is centered near the bottom of the enclosure.
This is the drive completely disassembled. The PCB is full length. There is a thick, black thermal pad centered on the drive's Phison S10 controller.
The drive's quad-core 8-channel Phison S10 controller sits at a 45 degree angle, servicing two flash packages per channel (interleaving). There are a total of (16) 16GB Toshiba A19nm MLC TSOP (Thin Small Outline Package) flash packages, eight located on this side of the PCB, eight on the opposite side. The drive has a single 2Gb (256MB) Nanya 1600MHz CL 11 DDR3 DRAM cache package.
The back of the PCB is populated by eight of the drive's 16 flash packages.
This is a close-in view of the drives laser-etched Phison PS3110-S10 (S10) quad-core 8-channel flash processor.
This is a close-in view of one of the drives (16) 16GB Toshiba A19nm MLC TSOP flash packages.
Finally, a close-in view of the drives lone DRAM package. This 2Gb (256MB) Nanya 1600MHz CL 11 DDR3 DRAM package is utilized for caching tabling data.
Test System Setup
- Drive Properties
The majority of our testing is performed with our test drive as our boot volume. Our boot volume is 75% full for all OS Disk "C" drive testing to replicate a typical consumer OS volume implementation. We feel that most of you will be utilizing your SSD's for your boot volume and that presenting you with results from an OS volume is more relevant than presenting you with empty secondary volume results.
System settings: Cstates and Speed stepping are both disabled in our systems BIOS. Windows High Performance power plan is enabled. Windows write caching is enabled, and Windows buffer flushing is disabled. We are utilizing Windows 8.1 64-bit for all of our testing except for our MOP (Maxed-Out Performance) benchmarks where we switch to Windows Server 2008 R2 64 Bit.
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