Kingston HyperX Predator PCIe-SSD: fast but not the fastest




At CES in January 2015 Kingston showed the Predator drive to, but by April of this year he was actually available. Kingston HyperX Predator delivers in capacities of 240 and 480GB, and so does your choice with or without the PCIe card in order to use the SSDs also in systems without m2 slot. Those slots is mostly used in motherboards from 2014 and younger. We tested the 480GB version of the SSD.

Kingston has in its Predator uses a Marvell 88SS9293 controller, which controls A19nm-nand Toshiba. Thanks to the x4 PCIe interface, which must take place at high speeds; Kingston advertises speeds of 1400MB / s read and 1000MB / s for writing. By comparison, the fastest SATA SSDs fetch less than 550MB / s for both.

Kingston HyperX Predator SSD 480GB HHHL

The Predator is not the first PCIe-SSD we’ve seen, but one of the best available drives, especially for a version with a x4 interface. The XP941 drives from Samsung were among the first PCIe-SSD’s, but by their OEM status badly available. Meanwhile Samsung which allow monitoring by the 950 Pro, the first nvme drive from Samsung. Plextors M6e is reasonably available, but has a x2 interface and thus a lower speed limit.

We subjected the drive to complete our SSD benchmark protocol, but give in this short review only the most important results. The other benchmarks in the bench-db to look after. For comparison we have taken the x8 PCIe drive OCZ RevoDrive 350 and the 950 Pro, Samsung x4 PCIe nvme drive. The Intel 750, a nvme drive with x4 PCIe interface and a quick SATA drive, the Samsung 850 Evo, we took for comparison.

We start with the synthetic benchmarks in the form of AS-SSD. With incompressible data is tested a worst-case scenario. Intel nvme drive is superior and OCZ’s RevoDrive takes advantage of the additional bandwidth of x8 interface. The Predator is a lot faster than traditional SSDs with SATA interface.

We have several traces of the HyperX Predator, the 950 Pro and Intel 750 drive. We have shown in this chart, the traces of the Predator with Windows 7 and that of the 750 under Windows 7 with Intel nvme driver. The performance of the 950 Pro we also show in Windows 7, Samsung’s latest beta driver.

If we Predator in the practical test, the test that we have completed with good results, compared with the four other drives, it appears very rapidly over the traces. At all points the Predator is the fastest SSD we’ve tested. Only in the Workstation and Gaming traces is a part of the competition faster, but overall can be real Predator blood quickly

The Predator is a fast SSD, but must acknowledge his superior in modern nvme drives. Yet he is just more expensive than similar drives; The 950 Pro is cheaper and faster. Such nvme drives you’ll be better prepared for the future, if you buy a Series 9 or X99 motherboard to boot from a nvme drive. On an older motherboard it is one of the fastest options, provided you use the optional hhhl adapter; Older signs would have no fast m2 x4 slot.

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