For our power consumption testing, we have the drive connected to the system as a secondary drive. To record the wattage, we use an Amprobe AM-270 multimeter connected in line with the 5v power on our SATA power cable to the drive. The multimeter records the min/max amperage draw from the drive over our testing period.
We also record the drive’s sequential and random read and write power draw using Iometer. We then take the values recorded and calculate the wattage of the drive. Some of the results may seem high compared to a standard notebook HDD because as these are peak values under load. When we see average power draw, SSDs are still more power efficient because they only hit max power for a short period of time.
For power consumption, the Kingston HyperX Savage is average. It is rated for an average power draw of 0.5W. At idle it consumes a bit more than the notebook optimized SSDs out there at 0.38W. At startup it consumed a max of 1.38W. During sequential reads it averaged 2.64W and under sequential writes it averaged 4.56W with a peak of 4.72W. These values are a bit more than the rated spec however, under writes, while it has 16 NAND packages, it consumed less power than the 480GB Patriot Ignite with just 8.
REPORT ANALYSIS AND FINAL THOUGHTS
The Kingston HyperX Savage is a mid-tier SATA 6Gb/s SSD. In testing it achieved its read spec of 560MB/s as well as surpass its rated write speed by 15MB/s, achieving 545MB/s write in ATTO. We were also able to hit over 100K read IOPS and 90K write IOPS on top of this, which shows off some very strong performance. When testing with PCMark however, we got an odd result. While this SSD is rated to achieve about 84K points in PCMark Vantage, we were only able to get 52K. Because of this, we have reached out to Kingston and asked them to look into the issue and possibly send us another sample to test and discredit this result. We will keep you up to date with what the final verdict is when we hear back from them. Besides this, PCMark 8 gave us another look into real world performance. During this test we saw slightly better results than that of the Phison S10 powered Patriot Ignite, however, overall, performance is tell tail of a mid-tier SSD. Finally, we took a look at power consumption and it is about what we would have expected for this SSD. It is not optimized for idle power consumption, but it does have a low average consumption rating.
Our review sample came to us as an upgrade kit and for us to not test this out would be a complete oversight. We took the kit and decided to clone over our existing test bench’s OS to the HyperX Savage using the instructions listed on Kingston’s website and found the upgrade to be relatively easy. One suggestion for those who are cloning, use Acronis True Image HD through bootable media, as in, make a bootable USB or CD and then clone from outside the OS environment. You can do it in Windows, but you can run into an issue where if your BIOS/UEFI isn’t set correctly, Acronis’s boot loader will not load and you will not be able to clone. Besides that, it works great. We cloned over 53GB of data in about 7 minutes and booted into our Windows 8.1 installation fine. We cannot stress enough how much easier the USB 3.0 to SSD enclosure makes an SSD upgrade for those with laptop systems. This reviewer can think of countless times where he would have loved to have this on hand to clone a system, we give major props to Kingston for this.
Kingston has a great track record for making fast performing SSDs. This time around, things aren’t any different, however, while it delivers good performance and great endurance numbers, we feel the price could be slightly less. It is not on par with the top-tier SATA SSDs, especially when seeing the low PCMark Vantage performance. Hopefully, we can get to the bottom of these results, but until then, this cannot be overlooked as this test’s results are what relate to real world performance the most. The upgrade bundle kit, however, makes this SSD a much better value. You get an external USB 3.0 enclosure, a SATA cable, Acronis True Image HD, a 2.5″ to 3.5″ caddy, and a handy pen type screw driver for just $10 more! Furthermore, the aesthetics of this SSD are very pleasing to the eye and make this a great SSD to put in a custom PC where you can highlight it as a center piece.
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