Kingston's new HyperX Fury SSD; fool me once ...

Subject: Storage | August 27, 2014 - 04:09 PM |
Tagged: Sandforce SF2281, kingston, hyper x fury, 240gb

The Kingston Hyper X Fury 240GB is a slim SSD able to fit in the anemic ultrabooks though it does ship with a 2.5mm adapter for systems which are a little more meaty.  It uses the familiar Sandforce SF2281 controller and has changed to 128GBit ONFi 3 NAND from the previous ONFi 1 and 2 found in the V300 and the first Fury models.  This NAND is slower at reads but at the same time it is also significantly more rugged, with a endurance rating of 641TB worth of writes.  Hopefully Kingston learned from the reaction to its previous release of the V300 where review models were sent out with Toggle Mode NAND which was then switched for ONFi in the retail models.  Hardware Canucks saw decent performance at a price in line with the market, but it is up to you to decide if you are willing to forgive Kingston and purchase this new SSD.

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"Kingston has long been known as a company that caters to budget-minded buyers and that's exactly what their new HyperX Fury SSD does. However, this time performance is also a priority."

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August 27, 2014 | 05:13 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

"This RAM is slower at reads but at the same time it is also significantly more rugged, with a endurance rating of 641TB worth of writes."
NAND does not provide random access => NAND is no RAM (the onboard RAM is a different story...).
The endurance rating is more than impressive (if accurate) though!

August 28, 2014 | 01:19 PM - Posted by Jeremy Hellstrom

Me not type good yesterday

August 28, 2014 | 11:51 AM - Posted by Patrick3D (not verified)

MaximumPC did a video interview with Kingston where they defended their actions by stating they had a target performance of 440MB/s and that every V300 SSD they shipped met that target regardless of the chips used inside.

January 29, 2015 | 02:46 AM - Posted by Lary Gary (not verified)

Read speeds are good (not great). But the write speeds is just average. There are better options out there than the HyperX Fury. According to this review the average write speed is only 250MB/s and it won't go up unless the files are compressible. Even in RAID 0 write speed is just comparable to a single 850 Pro.

August 28, 2016 | 02:42 AM - Posted by Bleakwise (not verified)

That 641TB of writes is INSANE for a 240gb drive though. I'm guessing the reason for the slowdown is the compression provided by the Sandforce controller, which is also the reason for the high TBW.

This is probably the SSD for me. 200mbps writes and 450mbps reads are fine with me. I'd like to see more IOPs but I'm guessing the compression/decompression features are why the controller can't provide them as the controller has to burn cycles on that feature instead of just simple reads/writes.

Sure I could get the Savage for about the same price, but as a software developer it's insane how much data Visual Studio pounds my drives with. I've been using a RAID0 array of HGST Enterprise Drives for this reason. Debug symbol files are huge, debug binaries are huge, intermediate build files are huge. Each build can write up to 80gb, and we make dozens of updates to our testing branch every day, no, not every file gets rebuilt but it is significant.

A an affordable drive with plenty of space and moderate performance and amazing endurance is just what I was looking for. I'll have to look into picking up two of these and run them in RAID0 for my volatile/OS drive (backups go to a RAID5 array), essentially doubling the endurance of each drive and maybe just maybe getting a little closer to the SATAIII cap as well.

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