HyperX Fury RGB SSD

RGB comes to en­try-level SSDs.


Things went down­hill lit­tle by lit­tle as we tested the HyperX Fury RGB fur­ther.

TheHyperX Fury RGB comes re­splen­dent with a fully-con­trol­lable RGB light show and boasts up to 550/480 MB/s of se­quen­tial read/write through­put. But while the per­for­mance may seem im­pres­sive on pa­per, the specs don’t tell the en­tire story. Our test­ing found lack­lus­ter per­for­mance in real-world file trans­fers and pro­duc­tiv­ity ap­pli­ca­tions. Adding in a pal­try three­year war­ranty and high pric­ing makes the drive hard to rec­om­mend, though some will prob­a­bly find the shim­mer­ing RGB good­ness too much to re­sist.

The SSD comes in 240GB, 480GB, and 960GB mod­els that are all rated for up to 550/480 MB/s of se­quen­tial read/write through­put. Kingston hasn’t shared the Fury’s ran­dom per­for­mance spec­i­fi­ca­tions yet, but we put them to the test on the fol­low­ing page. Kingston pro­vides an Acro­nis True Im­age HD soft­ware ac­ti­va­tion key so you can clone your ex­ist­ing drive to the new one. You can also spend a bit more for an up­grade kit that in­cludes a USB 3.0 en­clo­sure, 3.5in bracket, mount­ing screws, and a SATA data cable.

You’ll need a 12V RGB com­pat­i­ble moth­er­board or light­ing con­troller to con­trol the SSDs’ light­ing. Kingston lists com­pat­i­bil­ity with pop­u­lar soft­ware suites, like Asus Aura Sync, Gi­ga­byte RGB Fu­sion, MSI Mys­tic Light Sync, and ASRock’s Sync.

The 75 LEDs, which you can see dis­trib­uted on the back of the PCB, de­fault to red if you do not have a con­troller or com­pat­i­ble moth­er­board. The RGB cable is nearly 32”, which is long enough to al­low for al­most any mount­ing op­tion. Like the SATA power cable, the LED cable can pro­vide power to the lights when con­nected. You can also daisy-chain the SSD with other RGB de­vices to match up the col­ors.

HyperX’s Fury RGB scored a to­tal of 4982 points in PCMark 8’s stor­age bench­mark, rank­ing be­hind Sam­sung’s 860 EVO 500GB and WD’s Blue 3D 500GB. It av­er­aged 270 MB/s of band­width dur­ing the test, which is very close to the WD Blue 3D SSD and ahead of com­peti­tors from In­tel and Cru­cial. The Marvell SATA con­troller was a bit more ag­ile in this test than the SMI and Phison­pow­ered com­peti­tors.

Things went down­hill lit­tle by lit­tle as we tested the HyperX Fury RGB fur­ther. Dur­ing our 50GB file copy test, the Fury RGB lagged all other SSDs with an av­er­age band­width of 107 MB/s. Even the UD Pro, the slow­est SSD we’ve tested yet, per­formed bet­ter. The Fury was lack­lus­ter com­pared to other SSDs, but it still man­aged to copy the folder more than twice as fast as a WD Blue HDD.

The Fury RGB at­tained 556/518 MB/s of read/write through­put at QD (Queue Depth) 32. The write per­for­mance wasn’t very im­pres­sive, but the SSD nearly sat­u­rated the max­i­mum real-world speed of the SATA in­ter­face dur­ing read.

The Fury RGB landed either near or at the bot­tom of the chart dur­ing our ran­dom 4K per­for­mance tests at QD1. Both In­tel and Sam­sung SSDs per­form a bit bet­ter at the lower QD 1-8 ranges, which is what we look for to weed out which of these SSDs per­forms the best in real-world use.

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