Kingston HyperX Savage SSD Review (240GB)


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


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. Also, a big thank you to Thermaltake for the case 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


The software in use for today’s analysis is typical of many of our reviews and consists of ATTO Disk Benchmark, Crystal Disk Info, Crystal Disk Mark, AS SSD, Anvil’s Storage Utilities, PCMark Vantage, and PCMark 8. 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.


Crystal Disk Info is a great tool for displaying the characteristics and health of storage devices. It displays everything from temperatures, to the number of hours the device has been powered, and even to the extent of informing you of the firmware of the device.

Kingston HyperX Savage 240GB CDICrystal Disk Info shows us many Vendor Specific S.M.A.R.T. attributes, however, the Total Host Reads and Writes values are shown and it comes with a working temperature sensor. It also verifies the support of TRIM and NCQ. We can see that our review sample comes with firmware rev. SAFM00.r.


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 Savage 240GB ATTOATTO shows some very strong results. Both reads and writes rapidly increase after the 2KB file size. We also see that both sequential reads and writes surpass the rated spec and reach 565MB/s read and 545MB/s write!


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 Savage CDM

Again we see some strong performance from Crystal Disk Mark. Sequential read and write maxes out at 546MB/s and 529MB/s respectively. For 4K read and write speed we see 35MB/s and 136MB/s respectively. Overall, so far so good.


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    Thats gonna be a really though sell compared to 850evo, considering it costs almost as much as 850pro. And 850pro is king in sata6g space.

    Kingston should have done better than this. Atleast use cheaper nand, if nothing else.

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      If history is any indication Kingston will end up using that cheaper NAND down the road but just not tell us. 🙂
      A couple of other sites just came out with less positive reviews and they also address the yet to be fixed performance issue.

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        This is the beauty of independent reviews; one has the opportunity to compare several reports before purchase. As for our analysis, we try to paint the picture exactly as our testing portrays it and, especially when looking at PCMark 8, one needs to realize that the SSD just survived 18-22 hours of the hardest testing it will ever see, testing not intended for a typical consumer solution. It might be somewhat comparable to trying to put a Mustang through the Baja 1000 off road circuit.

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      OK so I was looking randomly at this review and saw your avatar!
      I found my match!! hello there 😀

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    I want that screwdriver!!

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    It looks awfully kitschy ? but it’s a decent SSD drive.

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