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Kingston HyperX Savage 480GB SSD Review, The Savage VS The Laptop Platter Drive.

HyperX Savage 480GB SSD Review, The Savage Vs The Laptop Platter Drive.

We’ve taken a look at the HyperX Savage 240GB and now we have its big brother, the Savage 480GB SSD on the bench. Outfitted with the same quad-core, 8-channel Phison S10 controller as the 240GB drive, it provides speeds up to 560MB/s Read and 530MB/s Write. Found on most current desktops, SATA III’s 6Gbps speed limit is 600MB/s, and for laptops it’s not unusual to find SATA II with 3Gbps of bandwith. Thankfully, many laptop manufacturers are catching onto the SSD revolution quickly.

What we wanted to do is take the Seagate ST9500420AS and the HyperX Savage and hook them up to a desktop, then run both of them in the same laptop. We have several laptops lying around the lab and our high-end Samsung looked good for the testing until we looked at its specifications and found an 8GB cache SSD which might or might not skew our numbers, so we went further into the Bjorn3D well of equipment and came up with a basic, everyday-use laptop. We randomly picked a 16-inch Toshiba Core i3 Wal-Mart $499 special, model number C55-A5311.

We should get some good, realistic numbers using a desktop/laptop setup. To make everything fair, the drive on both the laptop and desktop were cloned to both the platter drive and SSD and they both ran the same files and operating system.

Model  SHSS3B7A/240G
Form Factor 2.5″
Interface SATA  Rev 3.0 / 6G
Capacities 120GB, 240GB, 480GB, 960GB
Controller Phison 3110
Baseline Performance
Compressable (ATTO)
120GB 560MB/s Read and 360MB/s Write
240, 480, 960 GB 560MB/s Read and 530MB/s Write
Incompressible Data Transfer(AS-SSD and CrystalDiskMark)
120 GB 520MB/s Read and 350MB/s Write
240 GB 520MB/s Read and 510MB/s Write
480 GB 520MB/s Read and 500MB/s Write
960 GB 520MB/s Read and 490MB/s Write
IOMETER Maximum Random 4k Read/Write
120 GB up to 100,000/up to 84,000 IOPS
240 GB  up to100,000/ up to 89,000 IOPS
480 GB up to 100,000/ up to 88,000 IOPS
960 GB up to 99,000/ up to 89,000 IOPS
Random 4k Read/Write
120 GB up to 93,000/ up to 83,000 IOPS
240 GB up to 93,000/ up to 89,000 IOPS
480 GB up to 92,000/ up to 89,000 IOPS
960 GB up to 97,000/ up to 89,000 IOPS
PCMARK® Vantage HDD Suite Score
120, 240, 480, 960 GB 84000
PCMARK® 8 Storage Bandwidth
120GB, 240GB, 480GB 223MB/s
960 GB/s 260MB/s
PCMARK® 8 Storage Score
120, 240, 480 GB 4,940
960 GB 4,970
Anvil Total Score (Incompressible Workload)
120. 240, 480 GB 4,700
960 GB 5,000


The Kingston HyperX Savage 480GB drive comes with the classic HyperX logo, but if you think a few years back, HyperX had a signature color of blue. We kind of like the bold red and silver design of the drive. Hidden under the red and chrome exterior you find a quad-core, 8 threaded Phison S10 controller that’s setting the SSD world on fire.


Looking at the business end of the HyperX Savage 480GB you find the usual SATA connectors. Being a modern drive, of course it is SATA 6G, and is capable of hitting 560MB/s, offering enthusiast-level performance at mid-level SSD prices.


Here’s our label shot showing that it is in fact a HyperX 480 GB drive, along with the usual certifications and warnings.

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