We feel that Kingston has a worthy replacement for the HyperX 3K in the HyperX Savage. The HyperX Savage can indeed run with the fastest drives on the market. With respect to synthetic benchmarks, it is among the fastest SATA-based SSD we've ever tested. Beyond synthetic testing, the HyperX Savage was able to set a new lab record for write transfers, and performed extremely well in our brutal 13-hour long PCMark 8 extended storage test. Phison's S10 is a real powerhouse of a controller and we expect to see a whole lot more SSD's powered by Phison in the near future.
Our time with Kingston's HyperX Savage as our boot volume was just out of this world good. I am a little reluctant to classify the Savage as a hyper-class SSD, but then again, it's so fast in a consumer setting that I am hard pressed to find a more applicable category for it.
We really didn't expect Kingston's HyperX Savage to breakdown the lab door and storm in like it did; busting out lab records. To go along with all that speed, the HyperX Savage is an exquisite looking piece of hardware. Set next to the stacks of SSD's in the lab, it really stands out from the crowd.
Where pricing will settle, we don't know. Right now, pricing is a bit high at about 61 cents per gigabyte at launch. The drive ships with an adapter bracket and an Acronis license, which helps soften the blow to your wallet somewhat. Typically, prices fall quickly after launch so we fully expect to see the HyperX savage selling in the 50 cent per gigabyte range shortly.
Let's talk for a moment about what we liked and disliked about Kingston's HyperX 240GB SATA III SSD.
What we disliked: We would like to have a five-year warranty instead of a three-year warranty. Sub-par light workload performance with data on the drive. No toolbox.
What we liked: Synthetic performance with data on the drive, premium components, quality build, superior transfer rates, stunning looks, and premium accessory package.
We recommend Kingston's HyperX Savage to anyone in the market for a new SSD.
PRICING: You can find the Kingston Digital HyperX Savage 240GB SATA Solid Sate Drive 2.5-Inch SHSS37A/240G for sale below. The prices listed are valid at the time of writing, but can change at any time. Click the link to see the very latest pricing for the best deal.
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|Quality including Design and Build||90%|
|Bundle and Packaging||98%|
|Value for Money||80%|
|Overall TweakTown Rating||90%|
The Bottom Line: If you are in the market for a performance SSD, Kingston's HyperX Savage drive can certainly deliver the goods.
- 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]