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Kingston HyperX Predator PCIe Gen2 x4 (M.2) SSD Review

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HyperX Predator SSD offers large capacities and incredible speeds with both compressible and incompressible data to take your system to the edge. Faster than SATA-based SSDs, it delivers speeds up to 1400MB/s read and 1000MB/s write for ultra-responsive multitasking and an overall faster system.

It features a PCIe Gen 2.0 x4 interface for high performance and an M.2 form factor to fit the next generation of desktops with an M.2 PCIe slot. A Half-Height, Half-Length (HHHL) adapter that works with many existing motherboards with at least a PCIe x4 slot open is available.

The HHHL adapter comes with both standard and low-profile brackets to fit in slim profile desktop builds. Prey on the competition for years to come. HyperX Predator SSD comes with a three-year warranty and free technical support to keep you winning.

Kingston has always been a prominent player in flash storage, but like Intel, has languished somewhat over the past two years. While competitors have since ditched the aging SandForce’s SF-2281 controller, Kingston stuck to SandForce with its Hyperx Fury SSD from 2014. Unsurprisingly, it was no longer a competitive offering.

Kingston has since re-doubled its efforts, swiftly switching the Hyperx Fury to a more modern Phison controller and turning to Marvell for its flagship Hyperx Predator drive. The Hyperx Predator is an M.2 drive mounted on a PCle adapter, and that’s not a bad thing at all. This means users have the flexibility to use the drive in either a PCle or M.2 slots. Simply remove the securing screw and you can even use the Hyperx Predator in notebooks if it has a free M.2 slot.

Kingston HyperX Predator

Kingston HyperX Predator

The Kingston Hyperx Predator uses Marvell’s new 88SS9293 controller and supports the PCle 2.0 x4 interface. Even though the 88SS9293 is Marvell’s first controller to support PCle 2.0 x4, it is at a disadvantage when compared to drives that support the wider and faster PCle 3.0 x4 interface.

PCle 3.0 offers about 984MB/s of bandwidth per lane; PCle 2.0 offers only about half or 500MB/s per lane. Still, with support for four PCle 2.0 lanes, the Hyperx Predator is no slouch. Sequential read and write speeds for the 480GB drive that we have here is claimed to be in the region of 1,400MB/s and 1,000MB/s, respectively.

Speed aside, another thing readers should take note is that the Hyperx Predator does not support the NVMe protocol and the drive also does not offer hardware encryption. As for the NAND memory, Kingston has opted to go with Toshiba’s extremely popular A19nm MLC NAND that also sees action in a lot of other SSDs. The Hyperx Predator comes in capacities of 240GB and 480GB.

Finally, the drive comes with a half-height installation bracket and also a CD-key for downloading Acronis True Image, which is a useful cloning tool for those who intend to migrate their data from another drive. Unfortunately, there’s no drive management utility, but updating firmware was a cinch as Kingston provides executable files that makes firmware updates pain-free.

Pros:

  • Fast, all-round performance SSD
  • Drive can fit in PCle or M.2 slots

Cons:

  • No hardware encryption.
  • Only supports PCle 2.0 x4

Product Highlights

  • PCIe connection provides higher speeds than SATA-based solid-state drives for the ultimate computing experience
  • M.2 form factor to fit in newer motherboards
  • Powered by Marvell controller
  • Speeds up to 1400MB/s read and 600MB/s write
  • Three-year warranty and free technical support

Kingston HyperX Predator 240GB PCIe Gen2 x4 (M.2) Solid State Drive (SHPM2280P2/240G)

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