What’s goin on guys, Jerry Neutron here and today I’ve got a brand new SATA-based SSD to take a look at. This is the HyperX Savage, a performance oriented drive and successor to HyperX’s 3K SSD.
It’s available in 120, 240, 480 and 960GB versions and can be purchased as a bare drive, which is what I have here or with an upgrade kit which comes with most notably a 2.5″ USB 3.0 enclosure. Both versions do include Acronis cloning software so migrating from another drive is pretty simple assuming you’re moving to an equal size or larger drive. Now if you’re migrating from say a large HDD to a smaller SSD then there’s a little bit more work involved.
The first thing I noticed when holding this drive in my hand is the amazing red casing showing off the HyperX logo. I know not everyone will care but this is seriously a good looking drive. This would look really good in something like an H440 where you have the SSDs on display.
Internally this drive has a Phison S10 controller, 256MB of cache and Toshiba 19nm NAND flash. If that doesn’t mean anything to you basically all you need to know is that translates into pretty good performance and due to the controller, you shouldn’t experience the performance issues that plagued the 840 EVO late in it’s life cycle.
Now HyperX claims sequential read/write speeds of 560/530MB/s with read/write IOPS of 100/89k so let’s get this thing installed and see how it performs. Don’t laugh at my cable management, by the time this video is out it will have been updated.
So, with the drive installed I fired up AS SSD and Crystal Disk Mark and ran some tests. I did this with the OS installed on the drive and at about 60% full to simulate more real world results. This was also done connected to an FM2 motherboard so if you’re on an Intel platform your results may be slightly better.
The two benchmarks aren’t directly comparable but this will give you an idea of how it performs in different scenarios. Overall it’s a pretty solid performing drive, I would like to see better 4K results across the board but other than that there’s really not much to complain about.
If you want a good looking SSD that performs well, this is it. It’s not the fastest SATA-based drive available but one could argue whether you would see a difference in real world scenarios anyway. The biggest issue I see with the HyperX Savage is the fact that currently you can buy a slightly better performing 850 EVO for cheaper. So in this case, unless you’re buying this drive for looks, it may be better to hold out for a price drop.
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