For three years, the HyperX 3K has reigned as Kingston's enthusiast grade SATA III SSD solution. The HyperX 3K, when launched, was one of the highest performing SSD's on the market. Over the last three years, technological advancements have improved SSD's to the point where today's enthusiast class drives easily outperform the HyperX 3K. Current technology has relegated the HyperX 3K to more of an entry-level performer by today's standards. Kingston, looking to regain market share in the SATA-based enthusiast sector, is launching a replacement for the dated HyperX 3K.
Kingston's newest SATA-based SSD, the HyperX Savage, fills the mid-range of Kingston's HyperX line of SSD's. At the high-end of the HyperX SSD product line sits Kingston's newly launched HyperX Predator PCIe SSD. At the low-end, Kingston's entry-level HyperX FURY SATA III SSD. The HyperX Savage fills the gap replacing the HyperX 3K. The HyperX Savage is Kingston's highest performing SATA-based SSD. Kingston's HyperX Savage is powered by a Phison PS3110-S10 quad-core, eight-channel controller paired with Toshiba A19nm MLC flash.
The S10 is Phison's most powerful controller to date. This rather large quad-core 8-channel flash processor dedicates one core to host operations and three of its four cores to flash management. Background flash management is key to delivering sustained performance as the drive fills up. How well this scheme works, we will have to see. The S10 is loaded with other features such as end-to-end data path protection, static and dynamic wear-leveling, and advanced error correction. Contrary to some published reports, the S10 does not employ LDPC error correction technology; it instead utilizes special BCH ECC technology. We verified this with Phison. We've seen the S10 in action on a few occasions and have been intrigued by its unique performance characteristics.
Probably the biggest advantage the HyperX Savage has in comparison to the HyperX 3K is writing compressed data. The HyperX 3K is SandForce powered and because SandForce controllers derive write speed by compressing data, they are at a performance disadvantage when writing incompressible data. Advertised write speeds for SandForce powered SSD's are based on 100% compressible data. This is misleading for the most part because the vast majority of data is not compressible, at least not compressible enough for SandForce controlled drives to write at advertised speeds. For example, the advertised write speed for a 120GB SandForce 2281 based SSD is 500MB/s. However, when you are writing sequential compressed data that 500MB/s advertised write speed quickly turns into a 175MB/s reality. The new HyperX Savage does not suffer write-compression slowdown, at least not to the level that the HyperX 3K does, it will write both compressible and incompressible sequential data at advertised speeds for each and then some.
Kingston's HyperX SSD's have a well-earned reputation for quality and reliability, so the HyperX Savage has some big shoes to fill and only time will tell if its reliability is on the level of the HyperX 3K. Performance is another matter and something that is easily determined. Can the HyperX Savage run with the latest enthusiast-class SATA based SSD's?
Kingston's HyperX Savage SATA III SSD is available in four capacities: 120GB, 240GB, 480GB and 960GB. Sequential compressible read performance for the HyperX Savage 240GB SSD is listed at 560MB/s. Sequential incompressible read performance is listed at 520MB/s. Sequential compressible write speed varies by capacity, topping out at 530MB/s. Sequential incompressible write speed also varies by capacity, topping out at 510MB/s. Maximum random 4K read performance varies slightly by capacity topping out at 100K IOPS. Maximum random 4K write performance also varies slightly by capacity topping out at 89K IOPS.
Kingston warrantees the HyperX Savage for three years or Total Bytes Written (TBW), whichever comes first. The TBW allowed during the three-year warranty period is the highest we've seen to date for any consumer SATA-based SSD product line. Kingston will provide free technical support during the drives three-year warranty period.
You can purchase your HyperX Savage as a stand-alone package or a bundled upgrade kit. The stand-alone package includes the drive, a 3.5" bracket with mounting screws, an Acronis key and a 7mm-9.5mm adapter. The upgrade bundle includes everything in the stand-alone package plus, a 2.5" USB 3.0 enclosure with cable, SATA data cable and a multi-bit screwdriver. Kingston's bundled kit is the industry's most complete.
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- Page 1 [Introduction, Drive Specifications, Pricing and Availability]
- Page 2 [Drive Details, Test System Setup, Array Properties]
- Page 3 [Synthetic Benchmarks - ATTO, Anvil Storage Utilities, CrystalDiskMark & AS SSD]
- Page 4 [Benchmarks (Trace Based OS Volume) - PCMark Vantage, PCMark 7 & PCMark 8]
- Page 5 [Benchmarks (Secondary Volume) - Max IOPS, Disk Response & Transfer Rates]
- Page 6 [Benchmarks (Secondary Volume) - PCMark 8 Extended, 70/30 Mixed Workload]
- Page 7 [Maxed-Out Performance (MOP)]
- Page 8 [Final Thoughts]