Kingston HyperX Savage 480GB SSD

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Kingston HyperX Savage 480GB SSD

August 10, 2015 by Lawrence Lee

Kingston HyperX
Savage 480GB

2.5-inch Solid-state Drive
Kingston Technology
Street Price
(upgrade bundle)

Compared to most solid-state drive manufacturers, Kingston has shown a surprising lack of bias as to what controller goes into their drives. While their competitors usually stick to one or two models, varying the cache and type of NAND used to differentiate their lineups, crack open a random Kingston SSD from their product history, and you might find a controller chip from Intel, Toshiba, JMicron, Marvell, or LSI/SandForce. As Kingston prefers to offer a broad range of devices at varying price/performance points, this strategy allows them to pick and choose the technology suitable for each SKU, so there is some method to this madness.

The HyperX Savage.


This year Kingston has turned to yet another company, Phison, to provide the brains for their newest high-end consumer SATA SSD, the HyperX Savage. Phison is not a household name but they have been making NAND Flash products for over a decade, just not on the consumer side of things as their controllers are found mostly in low-cost and OEM drives. Their latest S10 controller is capable of keeping up with the big boys, as it features a quad core processor featuring a new load-balancing system, eight NAND channels, and TLC support. Accompanying the S10 is 19nm Toggle-Mode NAND Flash by Toshiba, but only a most 256MB DDR3-1600 cache. The package is wrapped in an attractive black plastic enclosure with a stunning crimson red metal face plate.

The box.

Contents (upgrade bundle).

Enclosure and accessories.

The HyperX Savage is a 7 mm thick drive currently offered in four different capacities (120GB, 240GB, 480GB, and 960GB), of which there are two variants, a basic model and an upgrade bundle. Both include an adapter to make the drive the standard 9.5 mm thickness, a bracket for installation in a 3.5 inch bay, and an activation key for Acronis True Image HD to make it easier to upgrade and migrate data. The more premium package with a "B" in the model number (e.g. SHSS37BA/480G) also ships with a basic 2.5 inch USB 3.0 plastic enclosure and a fancy screwdriver to transform your old drive into a mobile external hard drive for an extra US$15.

Kingston HyperX Savage: Specifications
(from the product web page)
Form Factor 2.5"
Interface SATA Rev. 3.0 (6Gb/s) – with backwards compatibility to SATA Rev. 2.0 (3Gb/s)
Capacities 120GB, 240GB, 480GB, 960GB
Controller Phison PS3110-S10
Compressible Data Transfer, Read/Write (ATTO) 120GB — 560/360 MB/s
240GB, 480GB, 960GB — 560/530 MB/s
Incompressible Data Transfer, Read/Write (AS-SSD and CrystalDiskMark) 120GB — 520/350 MB/s
240GB — 520/510 MB/s
480GB — 520/500 MB/s
960GB — 520/490 MB/s
IOMETER Maximum Random 4k Read/Write 120GB — up to 100,000/84,000 IOPS
240GB — up to 100,000/89,000 IOPS
480GB — up to 100,000/88,000 IOPS
960GB — up to 99,000/89,000 IOPS
Random 4k Read/Write
120GB — up to 93,000/83,000 IOPS
240GB — up to 93,000/89,000 IOPS
480GB — up to 92,000/89,000 IOPS
960GB — up to 97,000/89,000 IOPS
PCMARK® Vantage HDD Suite Score 120GB, 240GB, 480GB, 960GB — 84,000
PCMARK® 8 Storage Bandwidth 120GB, 240GB, 480GB — 223MB/s
960GB — 260MB/s
PCMARK® 8 Storage Score 120GB, 240GB, 480GB — 4,940
960GB — 4,970
Anvil Total Score (Incompressible Workload) 120GB, 240GB, 480GB — 4,700
960GB — 5,000
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
Weight: 120GB, 240GB, 480GB — 96g
960GB — 92g
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) 120GB — 113TB 0.89 DWPD
240GB — 306TB 1.19 DWPD
480GB — 416TB 0.81 DWPD
960GB — 681TB 0.66 DWPD

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