Kingston HyperX Savage 480GB SSD

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Power Consumption

At just over half a watt, the HyperX Savage uses an average amount of power when idling compared to most SSDs, but during seeking is noticeably more efficient, especially compared to SandForce models. As a laptop hard drive replacement, it's one of the better choices for increasing battery life, though not by much.


The Kingston HyperX Savage 480GB falls short of the performance levels of the last two generations of Samsung Pro 256GB drives, but edges out Crucial MX100 512GB. In real world tests, the Samsung drives consistently lead the other models we've tested, while the Savage is more inconsistent, really only excelling in our file copy test. Synthetic tests also place the Kingston drive a rung or two below, especially in read performance. However, it does offer a sizable improvement over SandForce-based drives like the older HyperX 3K.

Its only real problem is the incredibly competitive consumer SSD market. Currently selling for around US$200, it's in a difficult position. If you want a performance drive, the Samsung 850 Pro is clearly faster and the 512GB variant can be had for US$40 more, with the difference lowering to US$25 if you factor in the extra 32GB of storage. If you're looking for a value drive, the successors to the Crucial MX100, the BX100 and MX200, have 512GB variants available for US$165 and US$180 respectively.

Overall, the HyperX Savage 480GB is decent mid-range model that should satisfy most users but would benefit from a little extra speed, size, and/or affordability, to escape the gravity exerted by the behemoths that are Samsung and Crucial.

Many thanks to Kingston Technology for the HyperX Savage 480GB solid-state drive sample.

The Kingston HyperX Savage 480GB is recommended by SPCR

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ADATA XPG SX300 128GB & Intel 525 Series 180GB mSATA SSDs
Kingston HyperX 3K 120GB SSD Review
Intel 520 Series 120GB SandForce SSD

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