Review and testing SSD-drive Kingston HyperX Predator 480 GB

Review and testing SSD-drive Kingston HyperX Predator 480 GB

With the release of HyperX Predator begins the last days of existence HyperX 3K (thus, our recent survey has become a kind of farewell) – as soon as its production is minimized. Total family of HyperX 3K will last a little over three years (in a week will be exactly three years). However, submitted a year ago HyperX Fury will not remain alone: to be released HyperX Savage. Unfortunately, at the moment acts NDA (non-disclosure agreement), so information about the controller and flash memory remain behind the scenes, I can only note that the range of volumes will be wider: in addition to traditional 120, 240 and 480 GB plans to release versions of 960 GB.

In the case of the above-mentioned SSDNow V310 Kingston put on sale drives Phison PS3108-S8 in a big way, besides Micron memory usage to such an extent was the new solution, though unsuccessful in terms of performance. And in the Russian retail (though not surprise anyone and already SSD volume of 960-1000 TB) PS3108-S8 completely absent: the solution of such a volume based on it only sold in the US market.Therefore, a kind of become the first company managed. Let a purely technical point of view.

But Kingston HyperX Predator proved unique, and with its release of Kingston became the first completely.Analogues it is not at all: it is the first officially presented SSD controller Marvell 88SS9293. Surrounding him “analogues” – a Plextor M6e (who visited our lab twice: once, twice) and its updated version of Black Edition (we are not too pleased) that are based on an older controller Marvell 88SS9183 (PCI-E 2.0 x2).

You can still recall the OCZ RevoDrive 350, but it is older controllers, and a totally different “weight class”, which is in fact RAID-array (for more information about it you can read the review), is actually a purely server-based solution, which artificially attached label retail. Of course, there are solutions and Samsung. But Samsung XP941 (PCI-E 2.0 X4) in the broad retail is not included (although you can buy it on Amazon in OEM-version). Semiformally there and Samsung SM951 (PCI-E 3.0 x4), but commercially it is non-existent.And even more so both creations Samsung is not on the Russian market.

Review and testing SSD-drive Kingston HyperX Predator 480 GB

But how good is this uniqueness in practice under various types of loads? The laboratory turned Kingston HyperX Predator volume of 480 GB. Noteworthy is the fact that sales in Russia have not yet begun, and the Russian representative arrived just three models of this drive.

Review of Kingston HyperX Predator 480 GB

Kingston HyperX Predator drive debuts in two volumes – 240 and 480 GB, each of which is made in two variants: for installation in a PCI-E slot and as a single device form factor M.2 (NGFF). In the near future should see the light and the third option obemom1 TB.

Code word Form factor and capacity
SHPM2280P2 / 240G M.2 NGFF, 240 GB
SHPM2280P2 / 480G M.2 NGFF, 480 GB
SHPM2280P2H / 240G Expansion card PCI-E HHHL, 240 GB
SHPM2280P2H / 480G Expansion card PCI-E HHHL, 480 GB

Kingston has sent us to test the oldest version – HHHL volume of 480 GB.

Packaging equipment

The drive comes in a fairly compact box – less than the Plextor M6e and even more so – OCZ RevoDrive 350.

The internal volume of the foam like a dense and rigid foam. However, the equipment at the same time – somewhat richer:

In addition to the device itself and the installation instructions in the enclosed sticker on the box of the system block, the card with the license keys for backup and transfer data Acronis True Image, as well as an additional bracket for mounting stub HyperX Predator in the low-profile chassis.

The appearance and structure

Design Kingston HyperX Predator nezateyliv and any special frills deprived.

The usual fee Adapter PCI-E <> M.2 external interface PCI-Express x4. And the version of PCI-E can be any – all lines go directly to the slot, and the element base, a divorced and soldered to the adapter, refers to food.

And, as we have seen, the adapter allows the installation of the drive M.2 NGFF not only the form factor in 2280, which made Kingston HyperX Predator, but in 2260, 2242 and 22110 – just move the fixture to an appropriate distance.

However, no barriers to disassemble the device from Kingston not. Thus, without a motherboard with full plug M.2 PCIe x4, you can purchase an option HHHL, and then updating the motherboard, just reinstall the drive by removing the adapter.

For example, the same paste Plextor additional seal on the fastening screw their M6e, putting thereby the user to choose any option to acquire M6e, and then lose the warranty or tolerate the expansion card, in fact, has already become unnecessary.

By the way, right there on the label among the set of numbers of useless ordinary consumer, can be detected and factory firmware version, in this case OC34L5TA.

Review and testing SSD-drive Kingston HyperX Predator 480 GB

It is interesting that there was a place and a certain material under the card drive.

Honestly, somehow difficult to determine what it is: the role of the seal seems small (drive and so well fixed in the slot), but at that time and the heat sink is not too good (as you can see on a print, with any real sources of heat exposure it is not). However, in the second embodiment of the exposed surface of the adapter board, which at this point is devoid of a coating of paint and exposed copper layer – usually implemented as a heat sink.

The hardware component

Actually, we have again Adapter PCI-Express x4 – M.2, which is installed in the drive form factor M.2 2280. Based Kingston HyperX Predator on the latest NAND-controller Marvell 88SS9293-BTB2.

And here is detected trademark Kingston: as a buffer memory chips used DDR3 own packaging. It should be noted that the company Kingston, being one of the great multitude (last year I met the number of about 140) companies whose labels pasted on the SSD-drives at the same time is one of the few that has a real production facilities for cutting wafer testing the resulting crystals and their packaging.

Unfortunately, it is difficult to decipher exactly marking Kingston D2516EC4BXGGB, but we know that the actual amount of each of these two chips is 512 MB and, most likely, it DDR3-1600. Thus, the Marvell controller has one gigabyte of memory buffer.

An array of flash memory chips assembled with eight Toshiba TH58TEG9DDKBA8H. In each of these four packed crystal MLC ToggleNAND second generation (A19) with a density of 128 gigabits per.

A small bit of disappointment for some readers: Controller Marvell 88SS9293-BTB2, although work on the interface PCI-Express 2.0, is not NVMe, and AHCI-device.

Alas, it is. But, on the other hand, when working with them there are no problems of access (no drivers required) and it is based on storage can be bootable. In general, all exactly the same as with a conventional SSD Interface SATA.

The only feature of the method implies only “message” Interface PCI-Express – the drive is not seen in the interface of the integrated RAID-controller chipset motherboard (the main interface BIOS drive perfectly visible on a par with SATA), which means that it can not be use a RAID-arrays, so the controller. Available only fully software versions that are created by the operating system.


Remember, Plextor M6e and M6e Black Edition, we noted an additional display screen during the self-test on and run the system?

It seems to Kingston or Marvell (developer of the controller and its reference microcode) finally reached an understanding of the fact that this phenomenon, to put it mildly, is excessive in its essence: nothing but increase the time the computer boots, it does not. But in the end it turns out that the user is buying a much more expensive and fastest drive receives no acceleration, and vice versa – braking. The situation is stupid, and developers is finally understood.

Thus, Kingston HyperX Predator persistently reminds of its existence in the system – it just works.

The only benefit of this phase was only one thing: to see the mode in which earned controller (PCI-E x1 or PCI-E x2), but it’s the use of a bit. Firstly, just like “rubanut” power to try to start a new table can cause damage to the repeater and the loss of data on the drive (happens very rarely, but to the point), and the couple of times I watched that displays “x1”, but in fact the rate of turn complete, so the best option is still to boot Windows and test drive the read / write speed (especially because most revealing linear tests are carried out very quickly). Second, such a question velocity, as are the problems that arise are not so often.
Performance Testing

His fate browser engaged serial testing models SSD. But at least it is heavy in those who are interested in SSD on a serious basis, not on a “Yeah, brand! Tighten the two! “. The problem is that manufacturers are using the low level of knowledge of some users, as well as the fact that the body drives opaque and sealed, can be under the cover of his product to put anything. Yes, first there is the best, then, when the wave will pass some reviews and typed a lot of positive reviews, the course starts to go something cheaper. And sometimes one and the same model originally comes in different variations. Someone from users it makes no difference, but someone – interested in the question of what he had paid the money?

Someone starts to test your freshly bought the device and then compare the results with those that he sees in the reviews. And there may be legitimate question: “Why is my SSD shows the lower / higher level of performance than in the review?” Yes, the reason for the difference may lie in properly configured PC (for example, in the background work applications like antivirus), not satisfied with the microcode motherboard BIOS (the example above – test board Zotac) and initially low level of system performance. For example, the controller SATA 6Gb / s chipset AMD even in the new A88X and A78 slightly, but weaker than in the not very “fresh» Intel Z77.

And then there’s the game manufacturer stuffed SSDs. Especially the issue of the difference between the device platform concerns SandForce: its feature is that there is no one-two-three (and so on, that is a limited number of) configuration of the controller and flash memory. The total number of configurations in this platform today is that their numbers have overcome the value of 33,000 (not a typo, it was thirty-three thousand). As a rule, the brands are trying to use the same model in the closest performance configuration, but this is not always the case. And sometimes there are incidents like last review.

Let us consider the example of the updated graphics. This chart contains two Silicon Power S60 and two Silicon Power S70, and formally they are the same, but in a thicker casing 9 mm V60 and V70. Here already we can see a visual difference in their performance.

Review and testing SSD-drive Kingston HyperX Predator 480 GB

Is shown in parentheses:

  • Controller;
  • Process technology, memory mode and its manufacturer (in this case, if one manufacturer, packer and the other, the states’ packer / producer “, for example,« Spectek / Micron »);
  • Configuration ID memory and controller (important for SandForce);
  • Firmware version, which were also tested.

If some data is missing or there is doubt on the reliability (eg, do not understand the packer memory chips), a question mark (“?”). This means that they were not detected I or were lost. Mostly it concerns identifiers SandForce – not even supposed to cumulative statistics I gradually grows to the extent of several hundred models. And these data, we will never know, because to catch the same configuration is difficult, but after a year and a half – not impossible.


Thus, we examined the new high-performance solid-state drive. It is not just “another high-speed SSD», and the representative of the new generation – among retail models it has no equal. So, taken a new strap.

Analogue HyperX Predator should be Plextor M7e, using the same controller Marvell, but, according to unofficial data, we will see his debut no earlier than a month. Not to mention the timing of the start of the actual sales. And, of course, remains to be seen, as in fact it will show itself in the tests performance.

But we must understand one subtlety: if you are concerned about finding SSD for your computer for basic operations such as “sit on the internet”, “work in Word» and so on, then the above solution created by engineers Marvell and Kingston, is not for you. This item is useful to those who really understand why he such purchase, as Kingston HyperX Predator is designed for serious load. If you work with large files, such as, BD-ripami 30-60 GB, then he and you need it.

A simple example of the graphs above: Mix file size of 5GB for Samsung 840 / 850Pro takes about 25 seconds, while the HyperX Predator coped with this task in 13 seconds. It’s not one or two seconds, squeezed as a result of painful events, and double difference. At first glance – a trifle, but when working with large amounts of the effect will be noticeable.

Accordingly, without the Kingston HyperX Predator is indispensable to those who seek to gather all the best and fastest. And here these people will have to wait another little bonus. Typically, the computer selects the productive Windows 8.1, and it is a favorite by many test application Crystal Disk Mark shows even more impressive performance in operations with great depth of the request queue. However, it is the specificity of Crystal Disk Mark: in other tests the difference does not exceed the level of error (and not always in a big way).

But one does not take away: we met a good solid drive that set a new standard for home PCs. It remains to add that the Kingston HyperX Predator in a couple of weeks will be available in the Russian retail and prices will presumably 17,500 rubles for 240 GB and 28 000 for 480 GB, which is quite an interesting proposal. Price expected to 1TB version is still unknown.

Source: Kingston

Review and testing SSD-drive Kingston HyperX Predator 480 GB updated: April 4, 2015 author: John Malkovich