Kingston HyperX Savage 960GB SSD

Posted by Stan Miranda on Monday, May 25, 2015 - 8:00am


Kingston offers a wide variety of memory and storage products. They have grown to be the world's largest independent manufacturer of memory products. With global headquarters in Fountain Valley, California, Kingston employs more than 4,000 people worldwide. They are regarded as one of the “Best Companies to Work for in America” by Fortune magazine.

Kingston has just released its HyperX Savage SATA SSD line. We had an opportunilty to review the 240GB version, when it was released. Now we have the its larger 960GB on our test bench. With sequential speeds up to 560MB/s read and 530MB/s write, plus IOPS up to 100,000 read and 89,000 write, it is designed to be the fastest SATA-based SSD in the HyperX line up. The new drive has rather bold cosmetics that should appeal to many enthusiasts.

Kingston is offering the HyperX Savage in 120GB, 240GB, 480GB, and 960GB configurations. The drives are also available with a Upgrade Bundle Kit the includes a USB 3.0 enclosure, 3.5″ bracket and mounting screws, SATA data cable, Multi-bit screwdriver, 7mm to 9.5mm adapter, and Acronis data migration software.

Kingston's take on the HyperX Savage 960GB SATA SSD

HyperX Savage SSD

HyperX® Savage solid-state drive offers extreme performance for the extreme performer. The fastest HyperX SATA-based SSD, it’s powered by a quad-core, 8-channel Phison S10 controller that delivers incredible speeds up to 560MB/s read and 530MB/s write, with read/write IOPS up to 100k/89k.The result is ultra-responsive multitasking and an overall faster system that maintains performance even as the drive fills up.

With its low profile and slim, 7mm form factor, HyperX Savage SSD fits in most notebooks, desktops and HTPC builds. Its unique look, with high-quality red steel and aluminum casing and diamond-cut design, helps you stand out inthe crowd and complements the latest PC hardware.

It’s available in a bundle kit that includes everything you need to install Savage in your existing system, including a USB 3.0 enclosure to transfer data from 2.5" hard drives; a 2.5"–3.5" adapter to mount in a desktop environment; SATA data cable; multi-bit screwdriver and Acronis® data migration software. HyperX Savage SSD is 100-percent factory tested and backed by a three-year

warranty, free technical support and legendary reliability.


  • Performance — incredible speeds for enhanced productivity
  • Unique design — stunning red casing to give an edge to the latest PC hardware
  • Slim — 7mm thickness to fit in most desktops and notebooks
  • Fast and easy migration — all-in-one kit available with premium HyperX accessories, including a handy multi-kit screwdriver and USB 3.0 enclosure for easy installation
  • Guaranteed — three-year warranty and free technical support

Specifications are up next.


The packaging is a bit above Kingston's typical flair. It has a semi-gloss finish and the drive is predominantly featured on the front. The box is made from a hardboard and is hinged.

The back of the package is fairly simplistic. There is some basic information about the drive, but little else.

The drive and accessories are protected by a molded foam insert. Everything fits tightly and is well protected.

Also included are 7mm to 9.5mm adapter and Acronis data migration software.


HyperX Savage SSD Features and Benefits:

  • Performance: incredible speeds for enhanced productivity
  • Unique design: stunning red casing to give an edge to the latest PC hardware
  • Slim: 7mm thickness to fit in most desktops and notebooks
  • Fast and easy migration: all-in-one kit available with premium HyperX accessories, including a handy multi-kit screwdriver and USB 3.0 enclosure for easy installation
  • Guaranteed: three-year warranty and free technical support
  • Form factor: 2.5"
  • Interface: SATA Rev. 3.0 (6Gb/s) – with backwards compatibility to SATA Rev. 2.0 (3Gb/s)
  • Capacities1: 120GB, 240GB, 480GB, 960GB
  • Controller: Phison PS3110-S10
  • Baseline Performance2:

Compressible Data Transfer (ATTO):

  • 120GB: 560MB/s Read and 360MB/s Write
  • 240GB, 480GB, 960GB: 560MB/s Read and 530MB/s Write

Incompressible Data Transfer (AS-SSD and CrystalDiskMark):

  • 120GB: 520MB/s Read and 350MB/s Write
  • 240GB: 520MB/s Read and 510MB/s Write
  • 480GB: 520MB/s Read and 500MB/s Write
  • 960GB: 520MB/s Read and 490MB/s Write

IOMETER Maximum Random 4k Read/Write:

  • 120GB: up to 100,000/ up to 84,000 IOPS
  • 240GB: up to 100,000/ up to 89,000 IOPS
  • 480GB: up to 100,000/ up to 88,000 IOPS
  • 960GB: up to 99,000/ up to 89,000 IOPS

Random 4k Read/Write:

  • 120GB: up to 93,000/ up to 83,000 IOPS
  • 240GB: up to 93,000/ up to 89,000 IOPS
  • 480GB: up to 92,000/ up to 89,000 IOPS
  • 960GB: up to 97,000/ up to 89,000 IOPS

PCMARK® Vantage HDD Suite Score:

  • 120GB, 240GB, 480GB
  • 960GB: 84,000

PCMARK® 8 Storage Bandwidth:

  • 120GB, 240GB, 480GB: 223MB/s
  • 960GB: 260MB/s

PCMARK® 8 Storage Score:

  • 120GB, 240GB, 480GB: 4,940
  • 960GB: 4,970

Anvil Total Score (Incompressible Workload):

  • 120GB, 240GB, 480GB: 4,700
  • 960GB: 5,000

General Specifications

  • Power Consumption: 0.39W Idle / 0.5W Avg / 1.4W (MAX) Read / 4.35W (MAX) Write
  • Storage temperature: -40°C~85°C
  • Operating temperature: 0°C~70°C
  • Dimensions: 100.0mm x 69.9mm x 7.0mm
  • Weight: 120GB, 240GB, 480GB: 96g
  • 960GB: 92g
  • Vibration operating: 2.17G Peak (7–800Hz)
  • Vibration non-operating: 20G Peak (10–2000Hz)
  • Life expectancy: 1 million hours MTBF
  • Warranty/support: 3-year warranty with free technical support
  • Total Bytes Written (TBW)3: 120GB: 113TB 0.89 DWPD4
  • 240GB: 306TB 1.19 DWPD4
  • 480GB: 416TB 0.81 DWPD4
  • 960GB: 681TB 0.66 DWPD4

This SSD is designed for use in desktop and notebook computer workloads, and is not intended for Server environments.

1 Some of the listed capacity on a Flash storage device is used for formatting and other functions and thus is not available for data storage. As such, the actual available capacity for data storage is less than what is listed on the products. For more information, go to Kingston’s Flash memory Guide at

2 Based on "out-of-box performance" using a SATA Rev. 3.0 motherboard. Speed may vary due to host hardware, software, and usage. IOMETER Random 4k Random Read/Write is based on 8GB partition.

3 Total Bytes Written (TBW) is derived from the JEDEC Client Workload (JESD219A).

4 Drive Writes Per Day (DWPD)

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 Toshiba MLC NAND flash.

The Kingston HyperX Savage’s PCB is two sided. On the backside we see more Toshiba MLC NAND flash.


Let's move on to testing in the next page.

System Configuration and Performance Testing

Testing Hardware:

  • Gigabyte GA-X99-UD5 WiFi Motherboard
  • Intel Core i7 5820K Processor
  • Kingston Ballistix Elite 16GB 2666MHz Memory
  • Kingston HyperX 3K 480GB Solid State Drive
  • Custom Water Cooling
  • Spotswood Small Tech Bench
  • XFX PRO850W XXX Edition 850w Silver Power Supply
  • PowerColor Radeon R9 285 TurboDuo Graphics Card

Testing Software:

  • Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1
  • ATTO Disk Benchmark
  • CrystalDiskMark 3.0
  • AS SSD
  • Anvil's Storage Utilities
  • Ashampoo HDD Control 3
  • PCMark 8 Pro

ATTO Disk Benchmark

“As the industry's leading provider of high-performance storage & network connectivity products, ATTO has created a widely-accepted Disk Benchmark freeware utility to help measure storage system performance. As one of the top tools utilized in the industry, Disk Benchmark identifies performance in hard drives, solid state drives, RAID arrays as well as connections to storage. Top drive manufacturers, like Hitachi, build and test every drive using the ATTO Disk Benchmark"

With ATTO we get a rough baseline of the drive's expected performance. I recorded a sequential read performance of 566 MB/s and a sequential write performance 534 MB/s in ATTO. Read and write performance are very close to the specifications provided by Kingston, slightly exceeding them.

CrystalDiskMark 3.0

“CrystalDiskMark is designed to quickly test the performance of your hard drives. Currently, the program allows to measure sequential and random read/write speeds."

CrystalDiskMark gives us a good view of single threaded sequential read performance. The numbers all look very promising and compressed file performance is quite good. Here again, the Savage exceeds Kingston’s specifications.


"Test the sequential or random read/write performance without using the cache. AS SSD Benchmark reads/writes a 1 GB file as well as randomly chosen 4K blocks. Additionally, it performs the tests using 1 or 64 threads and it determines the SSD's access time.

Two extra benchmark tests examine the drive's behavior when (1) copying a few big files, a lot of small files and a mixture of file sizes by using cached copy functions of your OS as well as (2) reading/writing data depending on the data's compressibility."

The results from AS SSD are above average for a current model SSD. In the last set we see the drive's ability to write three different file types, all of which are 1 GB in size. Not only do the results show the drive's speed in MB/s, it also shows the time required. The drive is still able to write 1 GB in under 5 seconds in all 3 of the latter tests. Read and Write are very consistent across the entire drive.

Anvil's Storage Utilities

"Anvil's Storage Utilities is a powerful tool that was designed in order to provide you with a simple means of assessing the read and writer performance of your Solid State Drive or Hard Disk Drive. The benchmark tool helps you monitor and check the response time of your unit as well as view the system information collected using Windows Management Instrumentation (WMI)."

"Anvil's Storage Utilities is a powerful tool that was designed in order to provide you with a simple means of assessing the read and writer performance of your Solid State Drive or Hard Disk Drive. The benchmark tool helps you monitor and check the response time of your unit as well as view the system information collected using Windows Management Instrumentation (WMI)."

0-Fill Compressible Data

Incompressible Data

The Kingston HyperX Savage performs consistently with most common file types. This should result in a high level of customer satisfaction, no matter what the task.

Ashampoo HDD Control 3

"The hard drive is one of the most important components of your computer. Even if a hard drive works flawlessly, it should still be regularly checked and maintained. This way an imminent hard drive failure can be detected early and might be prevented. If suddenly major problems occur or if your hard drive even completely fails, data loss might be the result.

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PCMark 8

"Use the PCMark 8 Storage benchmark to test the performance of SSDs, HDDs and hybrid drives with traces recorded from Adobe Creative Suite, Microsoft Office and a selection of popular games. You can test the system drive or any other recognized storage device, including local external drives. Unlike synthetic storage tests, the PCMark 8 Storage benchmark highlights real-world performance differences between storage devices."

The PCMark 8 Storage bandwidth score of 260.22 MB/s is good for any current generation SATA SSD.

Let's wrap up the review in the last page.

Final Thoughts and Conclusion

The Kingston HyperX Savage has a bold cosmetic design. The anodized red trim is hard to miss. The beauty is more than skin deep. That flash is backed up by a very solid feel as well. The drive had no discernable flex to it and is rather heavy for a SATA SSD. The HyperX Savage is a wonderful drive throughout, having the excellent finish and solid construction I’ve come to expect from Kingston.

ATTO recorded as read speed of 566 MB/s. This almost exactly matches the specification provided by Kingston. ATTO also recorded as write speed of 534 MB/s. This is getting very close to the limit of what the Intel SATA controller on our test motherboard can do and is one of the fastest SATA SSD’s we have tested to date. Performance was extremely constant as well, dealing with both compressed and uncompressed data with ease. The HyperX Savage is certainly a worthy successor to the HyperX 3K.

The drive is also available in 120GB, 240GB, and 480GB capacities. The Kingston HyperX Savage 960GB SATA SSD is available online from Newegg for $359.99 or $415.99 with the upgrade bundle. The upgrade bundle is a nice feature and adds much flexibility to the drive with minimal additional cost. This is a good price for a drive of this level of performance.


  • Well Priced
  • Bold Cosmetics
  • High Quality Components
  • Excellent Read and Write Speeds


  • None

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