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

TSSDR TEST BENCH AND PROTOCOL

SSD testing at TSSDR differs slightly, depending on whether we are looking at consumer or enterprise SSDs.  For consumer SSDs, our goal is to test in a system that has been optimized with our SSD Optimization Guide. To see the best performance possible the CPU C states have been disabled, C1E support has been disabled, Enhanced Intel SpeedStep Technology (EIST) has been disabled. Benchmarks for consumer testing are also benchmarks with a fresh drive so, not only can we verify that manufacturer specifications are in line but also, so the consumer can replicate our tests to confirm that they have an SSD that is top-notch.  We even provide links to most of the benchmarks used in the report.

Sean Consumer Test Bench Core V51

SYSTEM COMPONENTS

This Test Bench build was the result of some great relationships and purchase; our appreciation goes to those who jumped in specifically to help the cause.  Key contributors to this build are our friends at ASRock for the motherboard and CPU and be quiet! for the PSU and cooling fans, and Kingston for the RAM. We have detailed all components in the table below and they are all linked should you wish to make a duplicate of our system as so many seem to do, or check out the price of any single component.  As always, we appreciate your support in any purchase through our links!

PC CHASSIS: Thermaltake Core V51
MOTHERBOARD: ASRock Z97 Extreme6
CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K
CPU COOLER: Corsair H75
POWER SUPPLY: be quiet! Dark Power Pro 10 850W
SYSTEM COOLING: be quiet! Silent Wings 2
MEMORY: Kingston HyperX Beast 2400Mhz
STORAGE: Samsung 850 Pro
OS: Windows 8.1 Pro 64-bit 

BENCHMARK SOFTWARE

The software in use for today’s analysis is typical of many of our reviews and consists of TRIMcheck, ATTO Disk Benchmark, Crystal Disk Mark, AS SSD, Anvil’s Storage Utilities, Iometer, PCMark Vantage. We prefer to test with easily accessible software that the consumer can obtain, and in many cases, we even provide links. Our selection of software allows each to build on the last and to provide validation to results already obtained.

TRIMCHECK

We’ve covered TRIMcheck in the past. It is a great tool that easily lets us see if TRIM is actually functioning on a SSD volume in your system.

Kingston HyperX Predator M.2 PCIe SSD RAID 0 TRIMSince we are utilizing these SSDs in RAID 0 we wanted to see if TRIM was functioning or not. As it seems, TRIMcheck came back with positive results just as we had hoped! This also confirms Windows software RAID allows for TRIM no issue.

ATTO DISK BENCHMARK VER. 2.47

ATTO Disk Benchmark is perhaps one of the oldest benchmarks going and is definitely the main staple for manufacturer performance specifications. ATTO uses RAW or compressible data and, for our benchmarks, we use a set length of 256mb and test both the read and write performance of various transfer sizes ranging from 0.5 to 8192kb. Manufacturers prefer this method of testing as it deals with raw (compressible) data rather than random (includes incompressible data) which, although more realistic, results in lower performance results.

Kingston HyperX Predator M.2 PCIe SSD RAID 0 ATTOATTO shows us some great speeds starting off. Compared to our single SSD results, nearly all speeds per file size have increased, even small 0.5KB-4KB files! Once it reached the 128KB file size speeds reached near peak. The RAID 0 volume is able to achieve 2.6GB/s read and nearly 1.6GB/s write! While these results do not show perfect scaling, they are quite impressive.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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… Read more »

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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.

Rob C
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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
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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
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i want one for my evga sr2

CyrIng
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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… Read more »

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