HyperX Savage 240GB SSD Review
It would appear that the world of SSDs has come to a bit of standstill, mainly due to the limitations of the SATA 3 6GB/s interface. Most modern high end SSDs now push the limits of this interface, meaning that on face value, and when it comes to Gaming, many SSDs are effectively the same. So what can the manufacturer do to inject that little bit of sparkle back in to the product. Well maybe HyperX has the answer (well at leat they’re trying!) as the HyperX Savage 240 GB (SHSS37A/240G) is surely one of the coolest looking SSDs around.
The Savage comes in a variety of capacities including (120GB, 240GB, 480GB & 960GB), all drives except the 120GB version feature Compressible Data Transfer (ATTO) speeds of: Read 560MB/s and Write of 530MB/s.
The HyperX Savage 240GB SSD arrived at pcG in a smart looking box that’s primarily black ‘n red, with a large image of the Savage SSD on the front. In the top right corner we see the Capacity and the Claimed Read/Write speeds (560MB/s & 530MB/s). In the bottom right corner we can see that the Savage comes with a three year warranty and HyperX offer FREE technical support.
As you can see the back of the box is awash with text in many languages, but the important text is: ‘Improved system responsiveness and faster load times for an enhanced gaming experience’. In addition to this there’s a small set of images (that you can hardly see!) letting you know what’s in the box.
Opening the lid of the box allows us to see that the Savage SSD is nicely packaged and well presented, with the SSD surrounded and protected by a soft cell foam tray.
There’s more in the box than you would think too, as some of the items are hiding beneath that foam tray. In the box, other than the SSD itself there’s a 3.5mm bracket, mounting screws (two types), 7mm – 9.5mm adapter, Acronis True Image HD Software Activation Key, Getting Started Guide and a HyperX sticker.
courtesy of HyperX
Form factor: 2.5″
Capacities1: 120GB, 240GB, 480GB, 960GB
Controller: Phison PS3110-S10
Compressible Data Transfer (ATTO)
Incompressible Data Transfer (AS-SSD and CrystalDiskMark)
IOMETER Maximum Random 4k Read/Write
Random 4k Read/Write:
PCMARK® Vantage HDD Suite Score:
PCMARK® 8 Storage Bandwidth:
PCMARK® 8 Storage Score:
Anvil Total Score (Incompressible Workload):
Storage temperature: -40°C~85°C
Operating temperature: 0°C~70°C
Dimensions: 100.0mm x 69.9mm x 7.0mm
Total Bytes Written (TBW)3:
Hopefully the image above says it all, the HyperX Savage is one good looking SSD! But it’s only available in Red ‘n Black…
As you can see the front of the HyperX Savage 240GB SSD features a metallic red insert with both the sides and the HyperX logo accentuated in raised metallic silver. Then in the centre on the edge there’s a subtle black on black HyperX logo. It looks good…
Flipping the HyperX Savage over onto its back we can see very little (as one would expect) other the the main information sticker, the warranty sticker (Warranty Void if Removed) and the standard (power/SATA) connections at the far end.
Our Test Rig for this review (shown below) was treated to a fresh install of Windows 7 Professional N 64Bit (Service Pack 1) with all associated Drivers installed. I also ensured that AHCI was set in the UEFI (although this is now the default settings for most modern MBs). The drive was connected to the Intel SATA 3 (6GBs) port (SATA3_1) of the ASRock Fatal1ty Z97X Killer motherboard. No special or other BIOS/UEFI options are required…
|Case||Cooler Master HAF XB||Power Supply||Corsair Professional Series AX 760i|
|Motherboard||ASRock Fatal1ty Z97X Killer||CPU||Intel Core i5-4690K|
|CPU Cooler||Raijintek Themis||RAM||HyperX Savage 2400MHz 8GB Kit|
|Graphics Card||XFX AMD Radeon R9 290X DD Black Edition||SSD||HyperX Savage 240 GB|
We use PCMark 8 to help ascertain Gaming performance. The test used measures the performance of the drive while loading real game data for both World of Warcraft and Battlefield 3. In addition to this we will also use ATTO Disk Benchmark to confirm the drives claimed performance levels.
- ATTO Disk Benchmark
What we can see from the ATTO Disk Benchmark is that the HyperX Savage 240GB beats the manufacturers claimed figures of Read:560MB/s and Write 530MB/s with a Read speed of 563MB/s and a Write speed of 544MB/s. This is always nice to see and what’s also nice to see is the fact that the graph is devoid of any oddities at specific Transfer Sizes. This (from the data shown above) looks very promising, let’s throw is some game loading benchmarks to see how it performs…
- PCMark 8 Storage Test
|Drive||Type||World of Warcraft (Load Time)||Battlefield 3 (Load Time)|
|Crucial MX200 250GB||SSD||57.8 s||132.8 s|
|Crucial MX100 256GB||SSD||57.8 s||132.9 s|
|Toshiba HG6 512GB||SSD||57.8 s||132.9 s|
|Crucial BX100 250GB||SSD||58.5 s||133.6 s|
|Kingston M.2 120GB||M.2||58.5 s||134.0 s|
|HyperX Savage 240GB||SSD||58.8 s||134.5 s|
|Kingston Now 60GB||mSATA||58.9 s||136.2 s|
|HyperX Fury 120GB||SSD||58.8 s||136.4 s|
|ADATA SX300 64GB||mSATA||59.0 s||136.7 s|
|Kingston HyperX Na’Vi Limited Edition 240GB||SSD||59.2 s||137.6 s||Kingston 200V+ 60GB||SSD||59.8 s||138.2 s|
|Seagate 2TB SSHD||SSHD||99.2 s||260.5 s|
|Toshiba 1TB Hybrid||SSHD||91.6 s||285.0 s|
|Western Digital Black 1TB||HDD||123.6 s||303.9 s|
We use the PCMARK 8 benchmark to test real world loading times for both World of Warcraft and Battlefield 3. The HyperX Savage performs well but it can’t seem to match the speeds of the Crucial drives at the top of the table. With a loading time of 134.5s the HyperX Savage is almost two seconds shy of the Crucial M200 250GB drive, while in the World of Warcraft test the HyperX Savage is just one second behind. To be fair in Game these differences are unlikely to be perceivable. Also worth noting that HyperX supplies a PCMARK 8 Storage Bandwidth result of 223MB/s, we managed 224MB/s so all good there then…
The world of SSDs has become a little stagnant as of late, but the HyperX Savage 240 GB (SHSS37A/240G) delivers great performance for the Gamer and adds a little bit of bling too! 😉
The HyperX Savage 240GB SSD arrived at pcG nicely packaged and well presented, there’s even more in the box other than just the SSD itself. HyperX have included a 3.5″ bracket and mounting screws, a 7mm – 9mm adapter and a free activation key for Acronis True Image HD.
But the HyperX Savage is all about looks, because as we know SSDs are a dull to look at (normally), but HyperX have tried to address this. The Savage is a good looking SDD, as long as yo like red as that’s the only colour available. But it would have been nice (especially as we asked them a year ago (nudge, nudge)) to see a little illumination perhaps, maybe we just need to wait a little longer! But for now the HyperX Savage is one of (if not the) best looking SSDs on the market.
Luckily HyperX didn’t forget the performance that us Gamers seek either, as the HyperX Savage performed well in our loading time benchmarks. But unfortunately it couldn’t quite catch the Crucial drives at the top of the chart.
Overall then the HyperX Savage 240GB SSD is a good SSD for Gamers and for the first time the drive looks good too! But the high price and the fact that some other drives are a little quicker just prevents the Savage from walking away with a Gold award this time…
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Many thanks to HyperX for providing this sample for review