Kingston HyperX Na’Vi Limited Edition 240GB SSD Review
Things have remained somewhat static in the world of Solid State Drives since we reviewed the Kingston HyperX 3K over a year ago, but today we’ll take a look at Kingston’s attempt to breathe a little bit of new life into not only the world of the SSDs but the world of Gamers!
Here we have the Kingston HyperX Na’Vi Limited Edition 240GB SSD, one of two new Na’Vi branded drives from Kingston based on the original HyperX 3K with a SandForce (SF-2281) controller. There are two versions available the 240GB (SH103S3/240G-NV) and a 120GB (SH103S3/120G-NV). The drive features a READ speed of 555 MB/s and a WRITE speed of 510 MB/s, this coupled with a MAX Input/Output per Second (IOPS) of 86,000 should ensure that the drive is a great performer.
‘Natus Vincere or Na`Vi (lat. – born to conquer) is a leading e-Sports multigaming club. It is the first team in Counter-Strike history to win three major tournaments in one calendar year – Intel Extreme Masters, Electronic Sports World Cup and World Cyber Games 2010. In 2011, Na`Vi.DotA won the $1 million grand prize at The International, the first ever Dota 2 tournament. Na`Vi attended 52 tournaments in 25 countries on 3 continents over past 2 years. With this wealth of experience which comes from these type of athletes traveling the world and using a wide array of gear, overtime Na`Vi know what works and know what hardware will give any user the edge.’
As you can see from the front of the packaging the Kingston HyperX Na’Vi Limited Edition SSD is one good looking drive (unless you have a phobia for yellow!). The front details the drive’s speeds (READ:555MB/s & WRITE:510MB/s), the fact that this drive is a Limited Edition and the 3 year warranty.
The back of the drive features details about Natus Vincere that looks all Greek to me, but shown above in English, along with a description of the benefits of Solid State Drives (just in case you didn’t already know that they are far superior to the ageing Hard Disk).
Although the Kingston Na’Vi SSD was well packaged, unfortunately it comes in one of those sealed plastic wallets (never liked these), meaning that the only way in is via a pair of sharp scissors; meaning that the only place for the wallet once opened is in the bin.
Within the packaging we find an additional wallet and the SSD itself. Within the wallet we find a Solid-State Drive Getting Started Guide and the obligatory Sticker!
At the time of writing the Kingston HyperX Na’Vi Limited Edition 240GB SSD is retailing for around £160 and comes with a 3 year warranty.
courtesy of Kingston
Specifications of HyperX 3K SSD – Na`Vi Edition:
- Form factor 2.5″
- Controller SandForce ® SF-2281
- Interface SATA 3.0 (6Gb/s), SATA 2.0 (3Gb/s)
- Capacities – 120 GB, 240 GB
- Sequential reads SATA 3.0 – 120 GB/240 GB, 555 MB/s
- Sequential writes SATA 3.0 – 120 GB/240 GB – 510 MB/s
The average speed of random read/write data blocks to 4 KB
120 GB-20000/60000 IOPS
240GB – 40000/57000 IOPS
Maximum speed of random read/write data blocks to 4 KB
120GB – 85000/73000 IOPS
240GB – 86000/60000 IOPS
Rating PCMARK ® Vantage HDD Suite
120 GB / 240 GB: 60,000
- Support for technologies SMART, TRIM and Garbage Collection (Garbage Collection)
- Power Consumption 0,455 watts (typical) when idle / 1.58 W (typical) when reading / 2.11 W (typical) when recording
- Dimensions 69.85 mm x 100 mm x 9,5 mm
- Weight 97g
- Operating temperature: 0 ° C to 70 ° C
- Storage Temperature: -40 ° C to 85 ° C
- Shock resistance: 1500G
- Permissible vibration at work: 2.17 G
- Operating vibration of non-operating: 20G
- Mean time between failures (MTBF): 1 million hours
- The total number of bytes written (TBW):
120 GB 96 TB
240 GB: 192 TB
First impressions of the Kingston HyperX Na’Vi Limited Edition SSD are excellent, this is one good looking drive and a drive you’re likely to want to show off in your Rig if possible. As far as Gaming SSDs surely it doesn’t get much better than this!?
Of course the only possible drawback is the colour, but it certainly suits those MSI MPower motherboards rather well…
The top left corner of the SSD features a smart metallic silver HyperX logo along with the Limited Edition logo in white. And in the bottom right we find the simple but smart Natus Vincere logo.
The back of the Drive is unsurprisingly uneventful, with just a couple of stickers ‘Warranty Void if Removed’, of course. The SATA 3 (6GB/s) port can be seen at one end along with the dedicated power connector.
The test bed for this review (shown below) was treated to a fresh install of Windows 7 64 Home Premium 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 (1) of the MSI Z87-G45 GAMING Motherboard.
|Case||Cooler Master HAF XB||Power Supply||Corsair AX760i|
|Motherboard||MSI Z87-G45 GAMING||CPU||Intel Core i7-4670K|
|CPU Cooler||Raijintek Themis||RAM||Kingston HyperX Beast 8GB 2400MHz|
|Graphics Card||MSI Radeon R9 280X GAMING (OC Edition)||SSD (mSATA – on-board port)||ADATA SX300 (64GB)|
It’s been a while since we’ve tested an SSD (although not much has changed) so we will be introducing two new tests courtesy of PCMark 8. These are both Game related tests and measure 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.
- PCMark 8 Storage Test – Results
|Drive||World of Warcraft (Load Time)||Battlefield 3 (Load Time)|
|Kingston HyperX Na’Vi Limited Edition 240GB (SSD)||59.2 s||137.6 s|
|ADATA mSATA SX300 64GB (SSD)||59.0 s||136.7 s|
|Kingston 200V+ 60GB (SSD)||59.8 s||138.2 s|
|Western Digital Black 1TB (HDD)||123.6 s||303.9 s|
AS you can see from the PCMark test above all of the SSDs show identical (within the margin of error) results; you can also see from the Western Digital HDD result how superior a modern SSD is when compared to an HDD when it comes to Game load times. Yes that’s right folks stop putting your Operating System on your SSD (who cares how fast Windows loads!?) and get your games on a SSD for maximum performance… 😉
- ATTO Disk Benchmark
In the pure throughput test (using ATTO Disk Benchmark) we can see that the Na’Vi drive from Kingston has the best theoretical performance with the second highest read speed (again within the margin of error) and the highest overall write speed of 534MB/s.
So here we have it then, the Kingston HyperX Na’Vi Limited Edition 240GB SSD is the first SSD drive aimed squarely at Gamers, but is there more to it than some flashy yellow panels? The answer is a simple yes, because not only does the Kingston Na’Vi drive look good but it performs good too.
But the looks alone are still worth a mention, with the drive adorned with the HyperX logo as well as the Natus Vincere logo the drive looks good, and with the addition of the yellow surround meaning that this is one SSD you might even want to show off! Ok, we could suggest that you’ll likely want an MSI M Power motherboard to make the most of it, but that’s the Na’Vi colour scheme, red just wouldn’t do (would be good though!).
Performance is also excellent with some of the highest quoted Read/Write speeds of any standalone SDD on the market! With new games like Battlefield 4 loading times are back in the headlines too, so with a read speed of 555MB/s the Kingston HyperX Na’Vi 240GB SSD is a sure fire winner, meaning that you’ll likely be in game before anyone else (during testing it was always me who was in that Heli first, and we all know how important that is! ;))
The Kingston HyperX Na’Vi Limited Edition 240GB SSD has it all then? Well; yes, I guess it does, but as always if you want your cake and eat it, then you’re gonna just have to find the extra pennies it’s going to cost you…
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Many thanks to Kingston Technology for providing this sample for review