FU­RI­OUS SPEED

Kingston HyperX FURY SSD

HWM (Malaysia) - - TEST - by Alex Wong

Back in 2002, Kingston re­leased its first high­per­for­mance mem­ory mod­ules un­der the HyperX lineup with great fan­fare and crit­i­cal ac­claim. Then in 2012, they re­leased yet another prod­uct in the form of the HyperX SSDs. Then, dur­ing COM­PU­TEX 2014, Kingston un­veiled the HyperX FURY SSD (among other things) for en­try-level over­clock­ing and gam­ing en­thu­si­asts. Ques­tion is though, does this light­ning­fast stor­age op­tion war­rant it­self as an op­tion for gamers?

With a form fac­tor at just 7mm thin, this HyperX Fury SSD ac­tu­ally sports a much plainer out­look, with very lit­tle dec­o­ra­tions in com­par­i­son to its pre­de­ces­sor, the HyperX 3K, which had an alu­minum brush fin­ish on it. As many of you know, you can slot this SSD into video game con­soles, such as the Xbox One and PlayS­ta­tion 4, as well as note­book and desk­top PCs for faster boot-up and load­ing times. Un­for­tu­nately, the HyperX FURY is only avail­able in the stor­age ca­pac­i­ties of 120GB and 240GB. How­ever, the good news is that both vari­ants use LSI SandForce's SF-2281 con­troller that has been paired with 20nm locked syn­chro­nous NAND.

How­ever, the im­por­tant thing for you to take note of is, with­out a doubt, its per­for­mance. We prepped the FURY by run­ning bench­mark to see if it lives up to Kingston's claim that its 240GB HyperX Fury SSD is ca­pa­ble of read speed up to 500MB/s and write speed up to 500MB/s though the Crys­talDiskMark and AS SSD bench­mark. On Crys­talDiskMark, the end re­sults were se­quen­tial read and write speeds of 495MB/s and 222MB/s, re­spec­tively. On the AS SSD bench­mark, the re­sults are se­quen­tial read and write speeds at 498MB/s and 209MB/s. Clearly, Kingston wasn't toy­ing with their claims.

Next, we also ran sev­eral real-world tests by tim­ing how long it would take for a 1GB and 4GB file to trans­fer from our test bed to the HyperX FURY. Us­ing a 1GB test, the SSD took 18 sec­onds to com­plete the trans­fer, which is slightly slower than the HyperX 3K. Af­ter 1GB test, we moved on to 4GB test, which took only 48 sec­onds. As for bootup time, the HyperX Fury's cold boot took a mea­ger 45 sec­onds, while re­boot­ing takes ap­prox­i­mately 53 sec­onds, which is very im­pres­sive, con­sid­er­ing the price tag that ac­com­pa­nies the SSD.

Com­pared to the orig­i­nal HyperX SSD, the HyperX FURY's per­for­mance is slightly di­min­ished. That be­ing said, it's still a great de­vice to use, and it def­i­nitely serves as a valid up­grade from tra­di­tional hard drives.

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