Kingston HyperX Max 3.0 128GB USB 3 SSD (Toshiba HG2) Review
Testing Methodology, Performance and Conclusion
Test System Setup
We have switched our testbed over to a more dedicated,
forward thinking machine. We made some changes to help minimize test
data scatter with higher bandwidth devices. Sound is flat out disabled,
with no additional card installed. Video was *intentionally* shifted
to a PCI unit to free up both PCIe-16 slots for testing tandem pairs of
PCI Express cards (like ioDrives, DDRDrives, and high end RAID cards). Spot checks against the previous rig showed a negligible change in test output.
PC Perspective would like to thank ASUS, Corsair, and BFG for supplying some of the components of our test rig.
|Hard Drive Test System Setup|
|CPU||Intel Core i7 920 @ 4 GHZ (HT disabled)|
|Memory||Corsair Dominator 6GB DDR3-1600|
|Hard Drive||G.Skill 32GB SLC SSD|
|Video Card||BFG Geforce 8400 GS 512MB PCI|
|Video Drivers||Geforce 181.22|
|Power Supply||Corsair CMPSU-650TX|
|Operating System||Windows XP X64 SP2
Windows 7 X64 (for TRIM testing)
USB 3.0 external devices behave differently as compared to standard SATA / internal drives, so I've kept the test suite simple as to provide appropriate comparison to previously tested units. Ryan tested the OCZ Enyo using two different drivers - one was a 'special' driver provided by OCZ. I've included that data for comparison, but like Ryan, I don't expect users to go installing special USB drivers for an external device. Kingston is not pushing such a driver, and I'm just fine with that.
The Genesys Logic bridge tured in good burst speeds, even without any special driver in action.
Sequential reads were comparable to all other units tested.
The HyperX excels in sequential write speeds, offering close to 15% gain over the competition.
ATTO results show the HyperX Max to be dead-even with the OCZ Enyo using the base system driver.
- Solid performance (even without a special driver).
- Highest sequential write speeds seen to date.
- Nicely constructed.
- Not as portable as a thumb drive.
Pricing and availability:
The HyperX Max 3.0 is expected to ship in early December, starting at $280 for the 128GB model. $2.19/GB is a very good price considering it's a capable SSD wrapped in a durable and attractive enclosure. Here's hoping the vendors stick to it at launch.
The cast aluminum enclosure was very well made and does an excellent job of protecting the internals, as well as dissipating any heat generated by the Toshiba HG2 controller during sustained write operations. Fit and finish was excellent and the drive performed well in our testing.
While the HG2 may not be the fastest SSD controller out there, it has proven to be a good match for this application. If pricing holds true once these hit the market, they will be among the most cost effective USB 3.0 SSD solutions out there.