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Kingston DataTraveler Hyper X Predator 512GB USB 3.0 Flash Drive Review (Disassembly Piks Included)

KINGSTON DATATRAVELER HYPERX PREDATOR COMPONENTS

The Kingston Predator is an SSD through and through.  At the heart of it’s engine is a Phison PS2251 USB to Flash controller.  Also present are eight modules of Toshiba 19nm Toggle Mode NAND flash memory, each representing 64GB in capacity.

Predator Opened FrontPredator Open BackOnce the flash drive is formatted, only 479GB of storage space is available to the consumer. Another unique feature is the fact that both outside PCB’s are folded in to make a three layer device that fits into the predator casing.

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TEST BENCH AND PROTOCOL

Our analysis today will be conducted with our Asus Z77 Premium Test Bench. Clicking on any pictures or benchmarks will bring up a more easily viewable high resolution image.

In testing, our main objective is to obtain results as pure and as accurate as possible and we want to ensure that no anomalies slip through. Simply put, we want to provide you with the absolute best results the tested hardware can provide. Repetition in testing is standard and, if necessary, we may conduct specific tests in Windows 7 safe mode to ensure the OS has little to no influence on the end result.

In order to validate and confirm our findings, testing is supported by industry accepted benchmark programs. All results are displayed through capture of the actual benchmark for better understanding of the testing process by the reader.

We would like to thank ASUS (P8Z77-V Premium), Intel (Core i7-3770K), Crucial (Ballistix), Corsair (H100) and Be Quiet (PSU/Fans) for supporting the build of our Z77 Premium Test Bench.

BENCHMARK SOFTWARE

The software we will be using for today’s analysis consists of ATTO Disk Benchmark, Crystal DiskMark and Anvil Storage Utilities.   Testing a flash drive such as the Predator 512GB we are examining today is not similar to an SSD, in that, such things as low 4k reads and write performance of the flash drive will fair very bad in a direct comparison simply because of the build of the unit.  An SSD has a SATA 3 interface and a controller built for such, whereas, a flash drive will be completely dependent on the controller which may have been specifically built for USB 3.0.  There is an anomaly in this which will be shown and spoken to during the Crystal DiskMark benchmarks.

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