KINGSTON HYPERX PREDA­TOR

HWM (Malaysia) - - TEST -

Kingston has al­ways been a prom­i­nent player in flash stor­age, but like In­tel, has lan­guished some­what over the past two years. While com­peti­tors have since ditched the ag­ing SandForce’s SF-2281 con­troller, Kingston stuck to SandForce with its HyperX Fury SSD from 2014. Un­sur­pris­ingly, it was no longer a com­pet­i­tive of­fer­ing.

Kingston has since re-dou­bled its ef­forts, swiftly switch­ing the HyperX Fury to a more mod­ern Phi­son con­troller and turn­ing to Marvell for its flag­ship HyperX Preda­tor drive.

The HyperX Preda­tor is an M.2 drive mounted on a PCIe adapter, and that’s not a bad thing at all. This means users have the flex­i­bil­ity to use the drive in ei­ther a PCIe or M.2 slots. Sim­ply re­move the se­cur­ing screw and you can even use the HyperX Preda­tor in note­books if it has a free M.2 slot.

The Kingston HyperX Preda­tor uses Marvell’s new 88SS9293 con­troller and sup­ports the PCIe 2.0 x4 in­ter­face. Even though the 88SS9293 is Marvell’s first con­troller to sup­port PCIe 2.0 x4, it is at a dis­ad­van­tage when com­pared to drives that sup­port the wider and faster PCIe 3.0 x4 in­ter­face. PCIe 3.0 of­fers about 984MB/s of band­width per lane; PCIe 2.0 of­fers only about half or 500MB/s per lane. Still, with sup­port for four PCIe 2.0 lanes, the HyperX Preda­tor is no slouch. Se­quen­tial read and write speeds for the 480GB drive that we have here is claimed to be in the re­gion of 1,400MB/s and 1,000MB/s, re­spec­tively.

Speed aside, another thing read­ers should take note is that the HyperX Preda­tor does not sup­port the NVMe pro­to­col and the drive also does not of­fer hard­ware en­cryp­tion.

As for the NAND mem­ory, Kingston has opted to go with Toshiba’s ex­tremely pop­u­lar A19nm MLC NAND that also sees ac­tion in a lot of other SSDs. The HyperX Preda­tor comes in ca­pac­i­ties of 240GB and 480GB.

Fi­nally, the drive comes with a half-height in­stal­la­tion bracket and also a CD-key for down­load­ing Acro­nis True Im­age, which is a use­ful cloning tool for those who in­tend to mi­grate their data from another drive. Un­for­tu­nately, there’s no drive man­age­ment util­ity, but up­dat­ing firmware was a cinch as Kingston pro­vides ex­e­cutable files that makes firmware up­dates pain-free.

If you have a M.2 slot, you can de­tach the drive from the PCIe adapter.

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