Review and testing SSD-drive Kingston HyperX Savage of 240 GB

Review and testing SSD-drive Kingston HyperX Savage of 240 GB

What do people associate produced Kingston SSDs on flash memory? We are technically advanced part of users – with the platform and SandForce SF-2281 controller. However, the summer of 2014, it became the important milestone in the company’s history, when it started the process of eliminating such a narrow focus – was presented V310. The first came out lumpy pancake, as we already know from the corresponding review. Although Kingston guilt in this: just the controller was not originally adapted for such volumes of its developer.

In January 2015 there was a second, and in fact more important step: if V310 was a capacious budget solution, now Kingston showed its new leader in the SSD – HyperX Predator. This time has been involved more productive controller Marvell. And, as shown by a review of HyperX Predator, it really turned out to be a leader.

Wave renovation lineup SSDs Kingston is on the rise: with a short interval the company has prepared a change to his old flagship interface SATA. About him we have already mentioned in the review HyperX Predator, and then, due to technical error administratorsbecame aware of other details.

However, despite the leak, the official debut and the lifting of the ban on the publication of the results of performance tests Kingston HyperX Savage will be held today, April 27, 2015.

Kingston HyperX Savage SSD

The family of HyperX Savage boasts a large coverage than previous solutions company: if earlier 480 GB was the upper limit, but now there is an option volume of 960 GB.

For the rest, there is no change: two variants of delivery, first – just drive, the second – enhanced. They can distinguish the size of the package and a special code.

Volume Basic 
120 GB SHSS37A / 120G SHSS3B7A / 120G
240 GB SHSS37A / 240G SHSS3B7A / 240G
480 GB SHSS37A / 480G SHSS3B7A / 480G
960 GB SHSS37A / 960G SHSS3B7A / 960G

We tested got extended completion, but the amount was chosen is not the biggest in the lineup. But today it is of 240 GB SSD is gaining popularity.

Packaging equipment

Extended version of the Kingston HyperX Savage comes in a large box, sealed in plastic wrap.

The inner space is filled with two inserts of soft material, is laid in the upper inset drive itself.

At the bottom of the insert – supplied.

It includes:

  • Mount Adapter SSD bay system unit, designed for the device form factor 3.5 “;
  • Two sets of mounting screws;
  • Flex SATA;
  • The external interface box with USB 3.0;
  • Screwdriver imitating Pens;
  • CD-ROM with manual and software;
  • Adapter for mounting the drive in the seat Form Factor 3.5 “.

Last quite cleverly inserted into the substrate.

When unpacking it did not immediately notice.

The most interesting is the outer box. It is made of plastic and aluminum alloy, and prevents accidental opening of a special latch.You can install a device form factor of 2.5 “and a thickness of 7.0-9.5 mm body.

Inside it is laid a cable box that connects to your computer. He is one, because it does not require any additional power, enough that can provide USB 3.0.

At the heart of the controller box uses Genesys Logic GL3321G.

The controller is claimed by the developer to speed bridge USB 3.0-SATA 6 Gb / s. Just below, we will examine how this corresponds to reality.

Screwdriver as a handle. Beautiful, but little use.

Review and testing SSD-drive Kingston HyperX Savage of 240 GB

Included with it – just two crusades sting.

Visual inspection and hardware component

Kingston HyperX Savage made in metal, very severe case. His height – 7 mm.

In this respect, the novelty is much closer to the corporate family KC310 and KC380. Old HyperX 3K different high altitude body, and the body itself was half plastic.

The rest of Kingston has remained true to its traditions: for bonding parts of the housing screws are used with non-standard slot-head Torx Tamper Resistant T6, which in themselves are good protection device contents from prying eyes – to find the key with the slot in retail is not so simple. Although from the warranty seal company also refused.

At the time, Kingston, in contrast to the vast majority of other brands, do not skimp on the installation of thermal spacers controllers SandForce. Do not save it began here: to improve the heat sink is covered with thermo controller chip, which is responsible for the removal of heat in the body of the drive.

As with the already known to us V310, are also used reference design Phison with some modifications engineers Kingston.

The result is a hybrid: not only were shifted chip flash memory, but also changed the surrounding cell controller harness. In this part of the full-size printed circuit board HyperX Savage has become more like a shortened version that we saw when tested SmartBuy Firestone 480 GB.

Controller Phison PS3110-S10.

When you look at it there are thoughts about the unusually large size of the chip. Trends in microelectronics such that every year are used all the finer process technology and chip sizes are reduced. However, PS3110-S10 clearly violates these traditions: he even larger than its predecessor PS3108-S8, released in 2012, the year.

Dimensions 17 x 17 mm to 13 x 13 mm – almost twice as much. Alas, Phison still does not disclose the characteristics PS3108-S8 fully specified only process technology – 55 nm. But on the PS3110-S10 know a bit more: it is based on four processing cores.However, the same process technology – 55 nm. Apparently, PS3108-S8 either two or triple-core.

Quite possibly, PS3110-S10 is a temporary solution, and we will soon be another update. After all, focus on the low-end segment (where the absolute priority is not speed, and cost) dictates that the use of chips of this size simply irrational.

Although Kingston has its own manufacturing facility for the production of a variety of chips, not only Phison controller manufactured by a third party (in this case, TSMC), but also as a buffer memory controller chip set DDR3L-1600 Nanya NT5CC128M16FP-DI 256MB.

However, flash memory chips manufactured Kingston alone: being one of about a hundred and fifty brands under which the SSD-drives hit the market, it has real production facilities for cutting silicon wafers, testing the resulting crystals and their packaging. In this case, the initial silicon wafers purchased from Micron and Toshiba.

Unfortunately, representatives of Kingston is not always willing to reveal technical details about the current NAND, citing commercial secrecy. But, fortunately, marking Kingston FD16B08UCT1-8C us are already familiar with the budget line Kingston SSDNow V300 first generation – it hides under 19 nm crystals MLC ToggleNAND production Toshiba.

Noting that the presence now on the shelves of representatives of line V300 belong to the second generation and use the slower (and cheaper) to 20 nm crystals asynchronous MLC NAND Micron with a density of 128 Gb. Therefore, to compare V300 and HyperX Savage completely incorrect.

Despite the fact that we tested a sample is a serial, firmware version earlier – SAFM00.r.

This means two important things: the level of performance may be underestimated, as there may be problems with the performance of certain functions such as energy-saving algorithms, or “garbage collection.”

Review and testing SSD-drive Kingston HyperX Savage of 240 GB

Proprietary software

At the moment, for HyperX Savage officially does not. With Kingston site you can download the firmware application SSD Toolbox (at time of writing – version 1.0.8), addressed to the General Section of downloads, but it does not recognize the drive.

As we recall, is exactly the same pattern was observed with the HyperX Predator controller Marvell. Thus, the application so far is designed to work only with the decisions controllers Seagate SandForce.

Level of performance USB-boxing

Testing produced the most ordinary way: Right before us Kingston HyperX Savage connected to the SATA 6 Gb / s on the motherboard, and the right – it is the same, but set in a complete USB-boxing.


If the last time we saw a floating-speed characteristics, you now have more or less stable, but completely unexpected: the read speed is several times less than the speed record. Although in both cases is the same controller Genesys Logic GL3321G.

While yes, the performance level is still much higher than many USB 3.0 flash drives, and certainly, the more traditional HDD. But this controller firmware obviously needs work or Kingston should pay attention to the decisions of other developers.

Review and testing SSD-drive Kingston HyperX Savage of 240 GB


Does she blame Kingston? Unfortunately (or fortunately – depending on what position to watch), but no. The company’s engineers have made changes to the hardware, but the software remains the same: the same level of performance variation, too early transition in “used” condition, no more or less serious samoraschistki allowance account – all this was observed by me and SmartBuy Ignition 4, and SmartBuy Firestone. I confess: I’m not their schedules published in the relevant surveys – before drawing any conclusions, you need to save at least some statistics. Now we can say: this is the specificity of the new platform Phison.

And the way in highly loaded system she ordered. At least as long as Phison not eliminate the above drawbacks. Which, incidentally, is not true: the manufacturer simply does not make sense to invest in further improvement of their offspring. After all, it is guided by conventional solid-state drives custom class, and in this area of the device is not required to withstand such loads. Well, on the “short distance” from all PS3110-S10 is a more or less good, and the lack of TRIM in the “household” PC now rare.

Whether there will be “break pattern” in the ordinary user who is accustomed to the solutions of Kingston on SandForce SF-2281, as was the case with the HyperX Predator? Simple answer to this question is difficult. And can not be considered as a full replacement for the old debutant HyperX 3K. Although in some cases it is really good: which is only an ideal testing of the team TRIM – something that could not offer controllers SandForce, underlying the HyperX 3K. The problem probably is not even in performance, and the need to further optimize the controller firmware: after Savage still a number of tests ahead of its predecessor.

Unpleasant surprise present model can be considered unexpectedly less than the stated resource (DWPD – Disk Writes Per Day – the number of volumes of rewriting a day): 113 TB (0.89 DWPD), 306 TB (1.19 DWPD), 416 TB (0.81 DWPD) and 681 terabytes (0.66 DWPD) depending on the volume. Despite the fact that representatives of Kingston emphasize that it is not an end, and the company does not impose any rigid framework guarantee, and the only requirement is a three-year term, this fact does not raise the reputation of a novelty in the eyes of the end user. While there may be further Kingston revise and increase its resource – because the same thing happened earlier with the HyperX 3K.





Review and testing SSD-drive Kingston HyperX Savage of 240 GB updated: April 28, 2015 author: John Malkovich