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Phison S10 Roundup - Kingston HyperX Savage vs. Patriot Ignite vs. Corsair Neutron XT

Subject: Storage
Manufacturer: PC Perspective

Introduction, Specifications and Packaging

Introduction:

Back in November of last year, we tested the Corsair Neutron XT, which was the first product to feature the Phison PS3110-S10 controller. First spotted at Flash Memory Summit, the S10 sports the following features:

  • Quad-core controller - Quad-core CPU dedicates three cores just to managing flash and maintaining performance
  • Maximum throughput and I/O - Offers speeds of up to 560 MB/s read and 540 MB/s write and 100K IOPs on read and 90 IOPs on write, saturating the SATA 6Gbps bus
  • End-to-end Data Path Protection - Enterprise level CRC/ECC corrects internal soft errors as well as detecting and correcting any errors that may arise between the DRAM, controller, and flash
  • SmartECC™ - Reconstructs defective/faulty pages when regular ECC fails
  • SmartRefresh™ - Monitors block ECC health status and refreshes blocks periodically to improve data retention
  • SmartFlush™ - Minimizes time data spends in cache to ensure data retention in the event of power loss
  • Advanced wear-leveling and garbage collection

Corsair was Phison's launch partner, but as that was a while ago, we now have two additional SSD models launching with the S10 at their core:

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To the left is the Kingston HyperX Savage. To the right is the Patriot Ignite. They differ in flash memory types used, available capacities, and the stated performance specs vary slightly among them. Today we'll compare them against the Neutron XT as well as a selecton of other SATA SSDs.

Read on for the full review!

Specifications:

Kingston HyperX Savage:

  • NAND: Toshiba A19 MLC (Packaged by Kingston)
  • Unformatted Capacity: 120GB / 240GB / 480GB / 960GB
  • Max Sequential Read (ATTO): Up to 560MB/s
  • Max Sequential Write (ATTO): Up to 530MB/s
  • Max Random Read QD32 (Iometer): Up to 100K IOPS
  • Max Random Write QD32 (Iometer): Up to 89K IOPS
  • Form Factor: 7mm high 2.5”
  • Interface Type: SATA 6.0 Gb/s (SATA 3)
  • Warranty: 3 years

Patriot Ignite:

  • NAND: Micron 16nm Async MLC
  • Unformatted Capacity: 480GB / 960GB
  • Max Sequential Read (ATTO): Up to 560MB/s
  • Max Sequential Write (ATTO): Up to 545MB/s
  • 4K Aligned Random Read: 80K IOPS
  • 4K Aligned Random Write: 75K IOPS
  • Form Factor: 7mm high 2.5”
  • Interface Type: SATA 6.0 Gb/s (SATA 3)
  • Warranty: 3 years

Corsair Neutron XT:

  • NAND: Toshiba A19 MLC
  • Unformatted Capacity: 240GB / 480GB / 960GB
  • Max Sequential Read (ATTO): Up to 560MB/s
  • Max Sequential Write (ATTO): Up to 540MB/s
  • Max Random Read QD32 (Iometer): Up to 100K IOPS
  • Max Random Write QD32 (Iometer): Up to 90K IOPS
  • Form Factor: 7mm high 2.5”
  • Interface Type: SATA 6.0 Gb/s (SATA 3)
  • Warranty: 3 years

Packaging:

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The HyperX Savage is shown in its full upgrade kit form. Included with the kit is an Acronis True Image HD key (cloning software), HyperX Sticker, pen screwdriver with philips and flat head bits, 3.5" adapter plate, 7mm to 9.5mm spacer plate, sata cable, screws, and a USB 3.0 external enclosure (used to first clone your OS to the SSD and optionally later use your original 2.5" HDD as external storage).

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The Patriot Ignite comes in very simple packaging - about as close to OEM as you can get without the white/brown box.


May 6, 2015 | 11:46 AM - Posted by This elephant isn't forgetting (not verified)

"They differ in flash memory types used..."

Which reminds me why Kingston is still off of my consideration list.

May 6, 2015 | 02:05 PM - Posted by Chaitanya Shukla

Same here, nearly 90% kingstons drive I have sold to this date have failed within 1hr of installation into clients machines. Its better to Avoid Kingston SSDs like a plague.

May 6, 2015 | 07:30 PM - Posted by Ravneil Lal (not verified)

I have been using a pair of Kingston HyperX 3K ssds in raid 0 as my primary drive and i havnt had a single issue with them.

May 6, 2015 | 07:44 PM - Posted by Buyers

Hey Allyn, i have a comment on your graphs. When using the graphs with a higher number of data sets, can you change up the shapes of the data points for similarly colored lines to better distinguish them? For example, the red line from the slightly-different-red line (Patriot vs Crucial), and the green line from the slightly-different-green line (Corsair vs Sandisk), etc.

May 6, 2015 | 09:23 PM - Posted by Allyn Malventano

Understood. I'll try and see if I can find a more contrasting / differing color for those two. What is now the white line used to be a *third* red/pink line :).

May 7, 2015 | 01:58 PM - Posted by StewartGraham (not verified)

Allyn,

This isn't so much a complaint but a suggestion, as I'm certainly a fan of the critical work you do for PCper... and your dead-pan (sometimes pleasantly cheesy) sense of humor is *always* appreciated on the podcast.

Anyway, you should get Ken to brain storm idea for a new charting/color system as the current "Rainbow Edition" is a bit hard to follow sometimes, especially when the data are heavy populated. Thanks Allyn!

May 6, 2015 | 11:58 PM - Posted by Cyclops

SATA SSDs don't interest me as much since NVMe drives have become available.

It's like the new hot neighbor that moves in next door. She has the looks AND the smarts. Now if only the price was right...

Sorry... eh... uh... thanks, Allyn! Nice article!

May 7, 2015 | 02:00 PM - Posted by StewartGraham (not verified)

I wish I had a new, hot, neighbor, but I've always lived in the woods :(

May 7, 2015 | 12:25 AM - Posted by fade2blac

It is unfortunately quite expensive, but there are sets of security bits that go down to T6.

http://www.walmart.com/ip/EAZYPOWER-86155-Security-Screwdriver-Bit-Set-3...

Alternatively, it might be easier to just drill out a cheap T6 bit or use a screw extractor if you have the tools.

May 8, 2015 | 10:54 PM - Posted by HERETIC (not verified)

Allyn I see the Sandisk Ultra 2 in your charts.
Have you reviewed that drive?

February 5, 2016 | 02:01 PM - Posted by bill (not verified)

@chaitanya
90% failure means to me something isn't installed correctly.
Ever heard of "Devsleep"?
Bottom-line, if your power-supply has a fifth wire (usually orange)
going to the drive, it'll go into a coma and never wake up.
I even found this hard to swallow, I mean, powering down the computer and restarting it would help, right?
Intel and Sandisk, inventors of the flawed technology,
quietly released a firmware update to deal with it (I've read).
Everyone else should use an adapter most motherboards include, that eliminates 3.3v.
Intel, al-la Queen-Biggie, said "let them eat signal instead of 3.3v".
Don't know if that's your 90% in an hour, but it's looking like a suspect.

November 21, 2017 | 05:35 AM - Posted by Edward (not verified)

You put corsair on title but dont put corsair images on same text? thumbs down!

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