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Kingston HyperX Predator M.2 PCIe SSDs in RAID 0 – You Thought One Was Fast?

More M.2 PCIe SSDs are starting to hit the consumer marketplace. Not only do they offer a compact form factor builds and mobile platforms, but they also provide speeds that demolish their SATA based competition. If you have read our exclusive HyperX Predator review you already know that this M.2 PCIe SSD is pretty darn fast as it is rated for up to 1.4GB/s read and 1GB/s write! Quite impressive right? Now ask yourself, what could be better than one HyperX Predator? Well, how about two?!? Luckily for you we just happen to have another here today and we will be taking a look at just how fast we can push them in RAID 0!

Kingston HyperX Predator M.2 PCIe SSD RAID 0 Main

SPECIFICATIONS, PRICING, AND AVAILABILITY

We have already gone over the specs in our previous review, but we will reiterate them here as well. The Kingston HyperX Predator is an M.2 PCIe 2.0 x4 SSD. This enables it to achieve speeds that are up to three times faster than typical SATA based SSDs at 1.4GB/s read and 1GB/s write. In terms of IOPS it is rated for up 120K/78K IOPS read/write, but can achieve up to 160K/119K IOPS read and write.

HyperX Predator M.2 Specs

One of the most notable features of this drive, besides its shear speed, is that it is rated for up to 882TB of writes for the 480GB model. While we have slowly been seeing an increase in endurance for newer SSDs, this simply tops all. On the other hand, it is only warrantied for three years. So there is a tradeoff.  Oh, and before we forget, yes, the HyperX Predator is bootable as it has the boot ROM code on the M.2 SSD itself and should work with older non UEFI systems.

Kingston HyperX Predator M.2 PCIe SSD RAID 0 M.2 + HHHL

The current capacities of 240GB and 480GB are available in both M.2 2280 and HHHL form factors. A 960GB model will be released at a later time this year. They are currently priced at a little under $1 per GB, $241.74 and $469.74 for each capacity.

THE KINGSTON HYPERX PREDATOR M.2 PCIE SSD

Taking a closer look at the HyperX Predator M.2 PCIe SSD stick it is hard to think that something so small can output such fast speeds. It wasn’t too long ago that you needed multiple controllers and a huge PCB with lots of NAND packages to achieve the speeds that these SSDs reach. We can see that overall there are just eight NAND packages as well as two DRAM chips on the double sided M.2 stick.

Kingston HyperX Predator M.2 PCIe SSD RAID 0 Front Back Kingston HyperX Predator M.2 PCIe SSD RAID 0 BCB Front Back

Powering this SSD is Marvell’s PCIe 88SS9293 controller. It is a PCIe 2.0 x4 controller that we should be seeing more of once more PCIe SSDs hit the market. From our testing we found that without additional cooling it shouldn’t overheat and throttle during normal desktop workloads, even when disconnected from the HHHL adapter.

Kingston have decided to utilize Toshiba’s A19 Toggle NAND for best performance. Each of the eight NAND packages are 64GB in capacity providing 512GB of RAW capacity. Once formatted a single 480GB is 447GB while our two SSDs in RAID 0 total 894GB. Finally, the DRAM used is Kingston’s very own DDR3-1600 low voltage chips, each 512MB in capacity for a total of 1GB.

TEST PROTOCOL

The protocol for our testing follows as we have done in the past. We are simply going to set both HyperX Predator M.2 PCIe SSDs in a software RAID 0 configuration and test. The RAID 0 volume was quick and easy to set up within Windows via Disk Management. Just right click one of the empty drives and select “New Striped Volume…” and follow the on screen steps. That’s all there is to it!

Kingston HyperX Predator M.2 PCIe SSD RAID 0 MS Software RAID

  • Mike

    Is Toshiba’s A19 Toggle NAND The fastest or best nand because a lot
    of the fastest ssds seem to use it. And how come the ssds reviews some time
    leave out certain tests? like this one does not have consistency test.

    • Mike

      And like the intel 730 one of the fastest ssds no consisteny test. And you can still buy a intel 530 its been out for over a year and theres no review on it. I would like to see how these stack up to these new ssds with the smaller nand size.

      • Our report testing and format may change over time (ie 730), and also, we may do specialized testing, as in this case, where we want to just have a bit of fun with the testing and report. We were fortunate to have 2 drives on hand and just thought we would throw together a quick and enjoyable report…nothing more. Also, yes Toshiba Toggle Mode memory is premium and has earned the reputation of being amongst the best there is.

      • Mike

        Thanks for the fast reply! I hope they keep making it instead of trying to make it smaller. Nand seems small enough already. You can fit
        a few gigs on a 2.5 ssd. Samsung doesn’t even use a full pcb. If they make enough of it can’t it be just as cost effective as trying to keep making it smaller and smaller and then needing to have more error correction. And cache tricks for writing speed. It seems like companies stop making a good product just to make something new. it seems hard to find the same ssd after 12 months or so, just when the firmware is mature they create the new model and the process
        starts all over again. Bring back the classics. The tried and true.

      • Enigma8750

        Great addition Les. I like the out of the box thinking and great use of resources to challenge the minds of your readers. Great Job.

  • I’m hoping when I buy a Motherboard next year that MBs have 4 M.2 Slots (like RAM) and that they will support _longer_ M.2 Slots with future capacity.

    When the day comes that we have 4 (or more) M.2 Slots and at least 1GB capacity then these ‘consumer toys’ (invented for the man on the street first?) will play a serious role in Server Farms; with their speedy access and much lower power consumption.

    Slogan: Built for the Laptop, but MADE for THE MACHINE !

  • GE

    I can confirm it’s working with my X58 Asus P6E MB! I’ll be upgrading to Skylake this year, but got this drive to start.

  • Jeffrey Michael de Smit

    i want one for my evga sr2

  • CyrIng

    Did you have to update BIOS for X58 ?

    How fast it is with x58 ?
    (because I’ve Rampage II Gene + Core i7-920/C0)

    What is best PCIe port to max its perf ?
    (because my MB is SLI able, but I don’t use second x16 port)

    Can you multiboot with it ?
    (such as SysLinux or Grub or BCD as a last solution)

    How many partitions ?

    Does UNIX run w/it ?
    (Linux, FreeBSD)
    If Linux ok, do you have any benchmark scores ? such as Kernel build time ?

    Best file system to use with ?
    > Ext4 or xfs or btrfs ?

    Best tweaks ?
    > journaling or not ? RT or scheduled discard (TRIM) ? tmpfs ? Alignment size ?

    Thanks for any answers

  • azxx

    Will it be possible to do a bootable raid 0 configuration for these rather than a software raid 0?

  • Dave

    I own the 480 gb hyper x and have it in 2 partitions. OS is about 1460 at it’s highest so far and the non OS I got to 1690mb/s !

    Excellent drive, windows 10 loaded in about 5 min.

    Waiting for my new 950 Pro to swap for the os. This 1 will be my backup, lol.

    System is as follows 5960x Gigabyte SOC Champ. RVE in for RMA…

    16gbs 4x4gb G Skill Ripjaws 3200 mhz Hyper X 480gb OS (partition 1) Benching software (partition 2)

    Plextor NvMe 256gb 770r/580w in m2 slot for backup.

    HDD WD Raptor 500gb

    Blue Ray LG

    Cooling EK CSQ Supremacy wb for the cpu and a 980 kpe with BitsPower full cover

    nickel plexi block.

    PSU Corsair AX1200i

    Custom wcing unit including water chiller.

    Case fans 3 140mm 122cfm fans, 2 intake, 1 for the gpus.

    92 cfm 120mm rear exhaust, 2 107 cfm top exhaust fans and 1 107 cfm 120mm

    additional intake from the top of the case.

    My favourite is the Lian Li PC V2120 all aluminum fully modular case with 11 expansion

    slots, a removable motherboard tray,…

    It will hold the EVGA SR-2 dual cpu board, dwarfs the 1st edition HAF X !!!

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