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Kingston HyperX Savage 240GB SSD Review

Our Verdict

With great 4-corner performance and high compressible data results the HyperX Savage 240GB can look really good on paper. Once you get away from insignificant tests the performance picture becomes clear. We eagerly await Phison's new performance firmware and recommend you wait before investing in this premature product.

For

  • A return to the premium accessory package. Looks good with HyperX Savage RAM.

Against

  • Price, Real World Performance (what really matters).

Introduction

Kingston is one of the companies that was affected during the SandForce merry-go-round of buyouts and acquisitions. Until recently, its HyperX SSD brand shipped exclusively with SandForce controllers. But that's changing.

Kingston is no stranger to Phison's technology, either. The two companies have worked closely together for several years making low-cost products for OEMs and the SSDNow product line. Like SandForce, Phison is another all-inclusive SSD controller maker, providing reference designs, programming and firmware to third parties that relabel the products for retail sale. Until the PS3110-S10, Phison controllers targeted value-oriented customers. The S8 processor, released two years ago, increased performance to SandForce-like levels. But it was too late to compete in the high-end space.

The new S10 controller is Phison's entry into that exclusive segment, which is currently dominated by Samsung, Marvell and now Intel's NVMe/enterprise crossover. It's a four-channel processor with enterprise-class end-to-end data protection. Phison is eying several markets with the S10, from entry-level enterprise to value-class models using three-bit-per-cell (TLC) NAND. Using TLC in a product designed to meet more than three-year warranty cycles requires a lot of compute muscle, particularly toward the end of the product's life. Phison uses advanced BCH ECC to fight voltage drift, noisy neighbors and other architectural problems associated with TLC.  

When it comes to performance, the S10 is already capable of competing with today's mainstream SSDs. But for several months now, we've been told to expect a firmware update that'll make the controller even faster. One area Phison plans to improve is low queue depth random reads and writes. This month, we should see an update that delivers 10,000 sustained write IOPS in steady state. Sadly, it's not ready yet, though.

  • wtfxxxgp
    ouch
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  • mapesdhs
    Is there really anyone who would buy one of these over an EVO or Pro? I don't get Kingston's MO at all...
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  • AndrewJacksonZA
    Right in your article there's a link to Amazon that has the Kingston HyperX Savage 240GB for USD110. There's also a link to the SanDisk Ultra II 240GB on Amazon for USD85.

    I do realize that you can't track all the pricing changes and that you base your reviews on the MSRP, I just thought that I'd point out in the comments that your "Price" con could perhaps no longer be justified.

    Thanks for the review Chris. :-)
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  • AndrewJacksonZA
    Is there really anyone who would buy one of these over an EVO or Pro? I don't get Kingston's MO at all...
    In my current situation I'd go for a drive that gives me good value for money, which in my country, last time I checked, is a SanDisk or a Crucial, not the Samsung. However, your point is quite valid. Let's wait for the firmware upgrade, perhaps Chris might be willing to revisit this review.
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  • CRamseyer
    The issue with pricing right now is the reviews are taking a little longer than I expected to come out. This was finished a month ago.

    In the next 30 days or so Phison should have the "10K" update finished. When that comes out this product could be competitive with 850 Pro and 850 EVO in 4K random performance. That is what they tell us anyway but we've been waiting on the 10K update for quite a while now.
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  • rohitbaran
    This price better be an introductory price, considering that you can get a Samsung 850 EVO 500 GB SSD for $170 if you look around and that drive is unbeatable for the price as of now.
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  • teknobug
    I have a Kingston HyperX 3K, it's a pretty fast drive but once I got a Samsung 850 EVO I was blown away at the difference and the Samsung is just a much better performer. I also have a Kingston SSDNow V300 and let's just say we should all forget that series ever exists, mine is the original kind before Kingston made them 50% slower but still they're not very good performing SSD's, my first gen Intel SSD (X-25) still performs better than the SSDNow V300 does.
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  • Larry Litmanen
    If SSDs die after 3-4 years what is their future in consumer grade PCs. Regular people who have zero interest in tech will not be able to replace an SSD and boot OS on it.

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  • Glock24
    After the V300 scam, I don't trust Kingston any more. It's a shame, I used to like their products.
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  • Yoshihiro Shimokawa
    So wait, the 960GB model has 1024GB available to the user? That's a typo right?
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