Review: Kingston HyperX Savage 240GB SSD
Hot on the heels of our Kingston SSDNOW KC310 review comes another Kingston SSD review! Hey, like we said, you can never have too much storage! Regardless of whether you’re a casual PC user or a hardcore gamer, chances are you’ll be needing to expand or upgrade your storage in the future.
If you’re like me, you’ve left it way too long to get yourself an SSD (Solid State Drive). My laptop, gaming PC and my Xbox One are all in dire need of a storage upgrade thanks to the amount of digital content I consume, so finding an SSD that performs decently and comes at an agreeable price point has become something of a priority for me.
Luckily, I’ve discovered the Kingston HyperX Savage SSD. With read speeds of up to 560MB/s, and write speeds of up to 530 MB/s, and a decent price point ($159 AUD on most websites), it promises some of the most value we’ve seen in a Kingston SSD yet – but does it deliver?
• Performance – incredible speeds for enhanced productivity
• Unique design – stunning red casing to give an edge to the latest PC hardware
• Slim – 7mm thickness to fit in most desktops and notebooks
• Fast and easy migration – all-in-one kit available with premium HyperX accessories, including a handy kit screwdriver and USB 3.0 enclosure for easy installation
• Guaranteed – three-year warranty and free technical support
• Form factor: 2.5″
• Interface: SATA Rev. 3.0 (6Gb/s) – with backwards compatibility to SATA Rev. 2.0 (3Gb/s)
• Capacities1: 120GB, 240GB, 480GB, 960GB
• Controller: Phison PS3110-S10
• Compressible Data Transfer (ATTO):560MB/s Read and 530MB/s Write
• Incompressible Data Transfer (AS-SSD and CrystalDiskMark): 520MB/s Read and 510MB/s Write
• IOMETER Maximum Random 4k Read/Write: up to 100,000/ up to 89,000 IOPS
• Random 4k Read/Write: up to 93,000/ up to 89,000 IOPS
PCMARK® Vantage HDD Suite Score: 84,000
PCMARK® 8 Storage Bandwidth: 223MB/s
PCMARK® 8 Storage Score: 4,940
Anvil Total Score (Incompressible Workload): 4,700
Power Consumption: 0.39W Idle / 0.5W Avg / 1.4W (MAX) Read / 4.35W (MAX) Write
Storage temperature: -40°C~85°C
Operating temperature: 0°C~70°C
Dimensions: 100.0mm x 69.9mm x 7.0mm
Vibration operating: 2.17G Peak (7–800Hz)
Vibration non-operating: 20G Peak (10–2000Hz)
Life expectancy: 1 million hours MTBF
Warranty/support: 3-year warranty with free technical support
Total Bytes Written (TBW)3: 306TB 1.19 DWPD4
Given that the Kingston HyperX Savage 240GB SSD is a storage device, appearance is less of a factor than other PC-related purchases, but I will say this: for a storage device, it is pretty damn stylish.
The Savage SSD arrived in protective box, with a large product shot on the front. The rear of the box illustrates the contents of the box: the SSD itself, a nifty little multi-kit screwdriver, a SATA cable, 3.5” bracket and mounting screws, 7m-9.5mm adapter, 2.5” USB 3.0 enclosure and a coupon to download Acronis cloning software.
Inside the box, the Savage SSD was resting comfortably in protective high-quality foam. All of the accessories were underneath in a separate compartment. The level of protection really gave me the impression that Kingston truly care about their products and their customers.
I’m a huge fan of the red design of the Kingston HyperX Savage 240GB SSD, it will look particularly impressive inside custom gaming rigs with a red colour theme. Here’s hoping other colours will also be made available – my rig is all about blue!
All we really need to know with the Kingston HyperX Savage 240GB SSD, is if it does what it says it does on the box. Obviously it can hold up to 240GB of data, but does it really read at 560MB/s, and does it really write at 530MB/s?
We’ve tested the HyperX Savage on a desktop PC and on an Xbox One console, both of which read and wrote at the speeds advertised on the HyperX Savage’s box – sometimes even a few MB/s higher. We borrowed one of our writer’s SSDs from another brand, and the Kingston HyperX Savage outperformed it in every test, both on our office desktop PC and on our Xbox One.
On a side note, we really should mention just how refreshingly simple installing the HyperX Savage into its 2.5” enclosure. It really was as simple as sliding it open, clicking the SSD in place, closing the enclosure and sliding the lock into place.
The HyperX Savage 240GB has quickly become our new favourite 240GB SSD. It offers brilliant read and write speeds, as well as a price point that doesn’t hurt one’s wallet. It’s also easy as pie to install into its enclosure, and comes with a 3 year warranty and all the handy accessories one could need to install it into a desktop, laptop or for converting it into an external drive.