Kingston HyperX Predator 480GB M.2/PCI-E SSD

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Kingston HyperX Predator 480GB M.2/PCI-E SSD

September 7, 2015 by Lawrence Lee

Kingston HyperX Predator 480GB
M.2 2280 Solid-state Drive
Kingston Technology
Street Price
US$440 (bare drive only)
US$460 (w/PCI-E adapter)

Before solid-state drives became mainstream, the storage interface of a drive was not of great importance. While there were multiple revisions to ATA and SATA that increased the maximum throughput, hard drives were and still are limited by their mechanical nature. Entire drive lineups are updated to support the faster revision despite being unable to saturate the older interface except when bursting. Today, most modern hard drives are SATA 6 Gbps even though some rarely can eclipse the 1.5 Gbps limit of the original SATA standard released over a decade ago.

Unencumbered by moving parts, SSDs are very much subject to these SATA interface limitations. This is the reason the latest crop of motherboards are equipped with SATA Express and M.2 slots, which alleviate this problem by using the existing faster PCI Express interface to free high performance SSDs from the shackles of the 6 Gbps ceiling. The maximum theoretical throughput of M.2 is between 8 and 32 Gbps depending on the PCI-E standard (2.0 or 3.0) and the number of lanes utilized (x2 or x4). Cue the HyperX Predator, Kingston's top-of-the-line consumer SSD, an M.2 drive that utilizes a PCI-E 2.0 x4 interface, good for a theoretical 16 Gbps.

The box. Our sample is the 480GB model with adapter.

The drive is pre-installed to the center of the PCI-E x4 adapter. A key for Acronis True Image is included in the package.

The drive itself.

Available in 240GB and 480GB capacities, the HyperX Predator and can be purchased as a bare drive for about US$440 and with a PCI-E adapter for $20 more. The latter is advisable for previous generation motherboards as their M.2 slots mostly use the slowest PCI-E 2.0 x2 implementation, capping its potential. HyperX Predator is powered by Marvell's latest 88SS9293 controller and paired with a full gigabyte of DDR3 RAM for cache. The NAND Flash is top notch as well, Toshiba 19 nm Toggle-Mode chips, a full 512GB worth with 32GB allocated for over-provisioning, sacrificing a bit of capacity for longer endurance. According to the specifications, it can withstand a substantial 882TB of writes over its lifespan and can hit a tremendous read speed of 1400 MB/s.

Kingston HyperX Predator: Specifications
(from the product web page)
Form Factor M.2 2280
Interface PCIe Gen 2.0 x 4
Capacities 240GB, 480GB
Controller Marvell 88SS9293
Compressible Data Transfer, Read/Write (ATTO) 240GB — 1400MB/s Read and 600MB/s Write
480GB — 1400MB/s Read and 1000MB/s Write
Incompressible Data Transfer, Read/Write (AS-SSD and CrystalDiskMark) 240GB — 1290MB/s Read and 600MB/s Write
480GB — 1100MB/s Read and 910MB/s Write
IOMETER Maximum Random 4k Read/Write 240GB — up to 160,000/ up to 119,000 IOPS
480GB — up to 130,000/ up to 118,000 IOPS
Random 4k Read/Write
240GB — up to 120,000/ up to 78,000 IOPS
480GB — up to 117,000/ up to 70,000 IOPS
PCMARK® Vantage HDD Suite Score 240GB — 138,000
480GB — 139,000
PCMARK® 8 Storage Bandwidth 240GB — 331MB/s
480GB — 336MB/s
PCMARK® 8 Storage Score 240GB — 5,015
480GB — 5,017
Anvil Total Score (Incompressible Workload) 240GB — 6,500
480GB — 6,700
Power Consumption 1.38W Idle / 1.4W Avg / 1.99W (MAX) Read / 8.25W (MAX) Write
Storage temperature Storage temperature: -40°C~85°C
Operating temperature Operating temperature: 0°C~70°C
Dimensions Dimensions: 80mm x 22mm x 3.5mm (M.2)
180.98mm x 120.96mm x 21.59mm (with HHHL adapter – standard bracket)
181.29mm x 80.14mm x 23.40mm (with HHHL adapter – low-profile bracket)
Weight: 10g (M.2)
73g (with HHHL adapter – standard bracket)
68g (with HHHL adapter – low-profile bracket)
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) 240GB: 415TB 1.6 DWPD
480GB: 882TB 1.7 DWPD

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