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.