Kingston HyperX Savage 480GB SSD

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Real World Performance

Our real world performance testing begins with a Windows 7 image, loaded with our test suite, being cloned to a 50GB partition at the beginning of each drive. The suite is run start to finish three times with a defragmentation (except for SSDs and hybrid drives) and reboot between runs. Average times were collected for comparison. For hybrid drives, we perform six runs with only the last three averaged to give it some time to learn and cache frequently used files.

Despite loading both the O/S and Far Cry 2 fairly quickly, it takes about 5 seconds longer loading Call of Duty 5 than most of the SSDs compared. This deficit is sizable enough to make the Savage's total complete time the worst of the bunch.

In our application tests, the Savage is about on par with the fastest drives, though to be fair, we're talking about fractions of a second here.

Copying files is one area where the Savage excels, finishing a couple of seconds behind the last two Samsung Pro 256GB drives. Its performance is noticeably better than most of the other drives.

The Kingston drive struggles installing PowerDVD, again bringing down its overall score to the bottom of this series.

To get a sense of the overall performance of the drives, I've assigned each model a proportional score in each real world benchmark series (loading, application, file copying, and installation), with each set and each individual test within, equally weighted. The scale has been adjusted with HyperX Savage as the reference point in 100 points. SSDs are depicted in blue and a couple of the faster 3.5 inch hard drives appear on the chart in green to give you an idea of the improvement over mechanical models.

Despite finishing poorly in two of our benchmark series, its superb results in the file copy tests raises the HyperX Savage's standing up all the way to third place, about 5% slower than the 840 Pro 256GB and 7% slower than the 850 Pro 256GB. Another high capacity drive, the Crucial MX100 512GB trails only slightly, while most of the older SandForce based models lag behind by about 8%.

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