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Kingston HyperX Savage 240GB Review

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Kingston HyperX Savage 240GB Conclusion:

As the second Phison S10-based drive I have tested, it's easy to see that the performance curve of both the HyperX Savage 240GB drive and the 480GB drive from Patriot deliver performance results that are almost mirror images in just about each and every one of the benchmarks. Is that a bad thing? Not in the least. It just validates the level of performance delivered by the Phison S10 8-channel controller and lower cost asynchronous flash. So basically what we can see is that most likely the firmware is similar, if not identical, between the drives and most likely delivered as a ready-to-go package from the supplier. Again, not a bad thing when you get down to it, if that is the case. At least we are not left with different revisions for each manufacturer.

Does the Kingston HyperX Savage deliver against the performance numbers in the product data sheet? For the most part it is right on point against the advertised results in each of the tests. Over performing or right on target in most and under performing, specifically in the PCMark 8 storage bandwidth test, much like I saw with the other Phison-based drive in my testing. CPU usage was consistent with the previous Phison results, so that seems to be a trend in the IO Meter testing. Outside of those two hiccups, Kingston's HyperX Savage felt responsive during the tests, much like you should expect with a solid state drive.

Kingston offers the HyperX Savage in capacities ranging from 120GB to 960GB in attractive price points to suite most users needs. Pricing ranges from $77 for the 120GB drive to roughly $550 for the 960GB drive. These prices are for the drive only. However, Kingston offers the HyperX as both a bare drive and as an upgrade or installation kit for notebooks and/or desktop systems for a slight up charge. In this case the bare drive comes in at roughly $115, while the upgrade kit comes in a little higher at $136. For that extra $21 you get a well thought out installation package that includes an adapter to allow the 7mm thick drive to fit into a 9-9.5mm thick opening, a screw driver, a 2.5 inch to 3.5 inch adapter, SATA 6Gbps cable, USB 3.0 enclosure, Acronis true image drive cloning software key, and the mounting screws to put it all together. All these parts add value well in excess of the $21 up charge.

When you get to the end of the road what Kingston has brought to the table with the HyperX Savage is a lower cost drive that hits the price/performance points it should. It comes with great branding and looks that would stand out in any case mod when put on display. Whether you are looking for a bare drive or full tilt installation kit, Kingston has you covered with its latest drive - the HyperX Savage.

 

Pros:

  • Low cost performance
  • New controller
  • Bundled accessories
  • Good looks
  • Pricing

 

Cons:

  • Three-year warranty
  • CPU usage


 

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