A short time ago, Kingston sent us their newest HyperX Savage USB 3.1 128GB flash drive for report and we have been doing a bit of testing to see if it makes spec. Most importantly, it is a USB 3.1 Gen1 flash drive which means it is the newer version of USB 3.0 with SuperSpeed, and it is still only capable of 5 Gbps transfer speeds. In fact, the same controllers are used for USB 3.1 as USB 3.0 and it is not until USB 3.1 Gen 2 that we will start seeing the extra goodies such as 10 Gbps transfer speeds and some extra features.
The HyperX Savage is available in 64m 128 and 256GB capacities and, while speeds of up to 350MB/s read and 250MB/s write are attainable in the two higher capacities, the 64GB model is drops a bit in write transfer to 180MB/s. It’s pricing is seen on Amazon to be $166 (256GB), $90 (128GB) and $55 (64GB ) at the time of this report and it Kingston has included a 5-year warranty with the drive. It is also fully backwards compatible with USB 3.0 and USB 2.0 devices, as well as OS’s Win Vista and newer, Mac OSX, Linux and Chrome.
Admittedly, the Kingston HyperX Savage has a very attractive exterior, is very solid, and the red HyperX logo on the device appears to be metal. The drive comes in a clear plastic blister pack that I have to concede in having never liked, it is a PITA yo get open. It also includes a thin rope lanyard attachment in the paperwork for attaching the drive to a keychain or other device.
ATTO Disk Benchmark is a relatively easy-to-use benchmark tool, which happens to be the benchmark of choice for many manufacturers. ATTO uses compressible data rather than random data, which results in higher performance and thus, higher benchmark scores. In our testing, we have selected the transfer size to range from 0.5KB to 8192KB, and have set the total length of the test to be 256MB.
As we can see, read speeds of 348GB/s are pretty much dead on but write speeds of 177MB/s are just a bit below what we might expect Let’s see how things look testing with incompressible data on the next page…