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Kingston HyperX Savage 240GB SATA III SSD Review

By: Jon Coulter | SSDs in Storage | Posted: Apr 27, 2015 3:09 pm
TweakTown Rating: 90%Manufacturer: Kingston Technology

Light Usage Model


We are going to categorize these tests as indicative of a light workload. If you utilize your computer for light workloads like browsing the web, checking emails, light gaming, and office related tasks, then this category of results is most relevant for your needs.


PCMark Vantage - Hard Disk Tests


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The reason we like PCMark Vantage is because the recorded traces are played back without system stops. What we see is the raw performance of the drive. This allows us to see a marked difference between scoring that other trace-based benchmarks do not exhibit. An example of a marked difference in scoring on the same drive would be empty vs. filled vs. steady state.


We run Vantage three ways. The first run is with the OS drive 75% full to simulate a lightly used OS volume filled with data to an amount we feel is common for most users. The second run is with the OS volume written into a "Steady State" utilizing SNIA's guidelines. Steady state testing simulates a drives performance similar to that of a drive that been subjected to consumer workloads for extensive amounts of time. The third run is a Vantage HDD test with the test drive attached as an empty, lightly used secondary device.


OS Volume 75% Full - Lightly Used




OS Volume 75% Full - Steady State




Secondary Volume Empty - Lightly Used




There's a big difference between an empty drive, one that's 75% full/used, and one that's in a steady state.




The important scores to pay attention to are "OS Volume Steady State" and "OS Volume 75% full." These two categories are most important because they are indicative of typical of consumer user states. When a drive is in a steady state, it means garbage collection is running at the same time it's reading/writing. This is exactly why we focus on steady state performance.


When we run the HyperX Savage the way everyone else does, (empty secondary attached volume) it's easily the best single SATA disk Vantage performer we've ever seen. Look at that, 97,000 marks? Yeah, we've never seen that before either... However, when we load the drive up with data and run it as our OS (Operating System) disk the score drops dramatically. Scoring takes another hit when we run it in a steady state.



PCMark 7 - System Storage


Version and / or Patch Used: 1.4.0


We will look to Raw System Storage scoring for an evaluation because it's done without system stops and therefore allows us to see significant scoring differences between drives.


OS Volume 75% Full - Lightly Used






PCMark 7 scoring accurately reflects what we saw with Vantage when the drive is loaded up with data.



PCMark 8 - Storage Bandwidth


Version and / or Patch Used: 2.4.304


We use PCMark 8 Storage benchmark to test the performance of SSDs, HDDs, and hybrid drives with traces recorded from Adobe Creative Suite, Microsoft Office, and a selection of popular games. You can test the system drive or any other recognized storage device, including local external drives. Unlike synthetic storage tests, the PCMark 8 Storage benchmark highlights real-world performance differences between storage devices.


OS Volume 75% Full - Lightly Used






PCMark 8 is the most intensive light model workload simulation we run. Although we are easily able to exceed Kingston's stated storage bandwidth of 223 MB/s, the HyperX drive isn't delivering performance that challenges any of the drives on our chart.

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