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

CRYSTAL DISK BENCHMARK VER. 3.0 X64

Crystal Disk Benchmark is used to measure read and write performance through sampling of random data which is, for the most part, incompressible. Performance is virtually identical, regardless of data sample so we have included only that using random data samples.

Kingston HyperX Predator M.2 PCIe SSD RAID 0 cdmCrystal Disk Mark shows off similar speeds as well. Sequential read reaches 2,443MB/s and writes reach 1,601MB/s. 4K reads and writes are very similar to the single drive. There is a noticeable increase in 512K results however, with double the write speeds for that file size.

AS SSD BENCHMARK VER 1.7

The toughest benchmark available for solid state drives is AS SSD as it relies solely on incompressible data samples when testing performance.  For the most part, AS SSD tests can be considered the ‘worst case scenario’ in obtaining data transfer speeds and many enthusiasts like AS SSD for their needs. Transfer speeds are displayed on the left with IOPS results on the right.

Kingston HyperX Predator M.2 PCIe SSD RAID 0 AS SSD Kingston HyperX Predator M.2 PCIe SSD RAID 0 AS SSD IOPSOur AS SSD results reinforces our previous tests, but this time as usual speeds are a bit slower. The RAID 0 configuration was able to achieve a Total Score of 2419, nearly 1K more than a single SSD. Sequential read reached just over 2.4GB/s and write reached just over 1.25GB/s. Random IOPS have shot up to nearly double and 4K results are similar to that of a single SSD. We can also see that write access time has improved. The AS SSD Copy benchmark shows off some very wicked speeds, better than the results seen in our Samsung XP941 RAID 0 review.

Kingston HyperX Predator M.2 PCIe SSD RAID 0 AS SSD Copy

ANVIL STORAGE UTILITIES PROFESSIONAL

Anvil’s Storage Utilities (ASU) are the most complete test bed available for the solid state drive today.  The benchmark displays test results for, not only throughput but also, IOPS and Disk Access Times.  Not only does it have a preset SSD benchmark, but also, it has included such things as endurance testing and threaded I/O read, write and mixed tests, all of which are very simple to understand and use in our benchmark testing.

Kingston HyperX Predator M.2 PCIe SSD RAID 0 AnvilAnvil Storage Utilities gives us a total score of nearly 9,700! This is a very impressive score and beats out any consumer RAID 0 config score we have seen in the past. Sequential speeds max at 2.4GB/s and 1.15GB/s read/write. 4K performance is similar to our other tests. We can see a high of 179K write IOPS, which is nearly 74K more than a single one of these SSDs.

IOMETER

Iometer is an I/O subsystem measurement and characterization tool for single and clustered systems. It was originally developed by the Intel Corporation however, they discontinued work on the program. In 2003 it was re-launched by an international group of individuals who are now continuously improving, porting and extend the product that is now widely used within the industry.

Kingston HyperX Predator M.2 PCIe SSD RAID 0 Iometer 128KB Sequential speeds For our first test we are looking at how fast it goes during sequential reads and writes. By using a 30 second 128KB workload at QD32 we were able to max out sequential speeds. Overall, speeds are on par with what we have been seeing in our other tests. Sequential reads averaged at a little over 2.65GB/s and writes at just over 1.35GB/s.

Kingston HyperX Predator M.2 PCIe SSD RAID 0 Iometer 4KB Random IOPS

Next we ran a 4KB random workload at QD64 for 30 seconds. We had to use a queue depth of 64 during testing in order to get the most IOPS out of these SSDs in RAID 0 as each SSD can support up to 32 queues. We see a great improvement here. Random read IOPS increased by over 86K and random write increased by almost 95K IOPS over a single SSD!

12 comments

  1. 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.

    • 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.

      • 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.

      • 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.

  2. 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 !

  3. 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.

  4. Jeffrey Michael de Smit

    i want one for my evga sr2

  5. 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

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

  7. 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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