A Closer Look
The Kingston HyperX Savage has a bright anodized red trim plate. The HyperX logo is raised and has a machined look to it. The Savage name is stamped into the all metal housing. The cosmetics are bold and are sure to make a statement in any system it is install in.
The bottom cover features a metal cover held in place by four screws. Another decal makes an appearance here as well. This decal contains the product specific information.
Inside, we find a Phison PS3110-S10 quad-core controller. The eight-channel controller is capable delivering high read/write speeds for both compressible and incompressible data, as well as high IOPS. The PCB is secured with four screws. The shell is made from cast and stamped metal. This makes the HyperX Savage heavier than most SSD. There is a thermal pad (not shown) to help dissipate heat from the Phison controller to the drive’s housing. Also located on this side is a 256MB of Nanya DDR3L 1600 SDRAM buffer chip and Kingston branded 64Gbit MLC NAND flash.
The Kingston HyperX Savage’s PCB is two sided. On the backside we see more Kingston branded 64Gbit MLC NAND flash.
As mentioned earlier, our particular sample comes with the HyperX upgrade bundle, which includes all the necessary accessories to install the HyperX Savage in just about any system. Here we see the 3.5″ bracket, mounting screws, SATA data cable, 7mm to 9.5mm adapter, and key for the Acronis data migration software.
One of the other accessories that is included, is this handy HyperX screwdriver with three bits.
Also included is a portable USB 3.0 enclosure. The enclosure features an attractive brushed aluminum trim plate with the HyperX logo featured predominately on the upper left hand corner.
On one end of the enclosure there is a lock to prevent accidental opening. On the other end there is a status light and a USB 3.0 port.
The required USB 3.0 cable is also included with the enclosure. The enclosure is easy to open and the HyperX Savage fits snugly inside.
Let’s move on to testing in the next page.