PCI-Express storage is nothing new, we have seen many different PCI-Express storage options over the past few years. The biggest advantage of using PCI-Express storage is that you overcome the typical 6.0Gb/s theoretical bandwidth limit of SATA-based solid state drives. If you have been following the storage industry you know that solid state drives have been bottlenecked by the SATA interface for years now. Well Kingston is presenting their first ever PCI-Express solid state drive. Part of their high-end HyperX brand the HyperX Predator boasts sequential read and write speeds of 1400 MB/s and 1000 MB/s respectively. That is some serious speed! While many PCI-Express storage devices we have reviewed in the past have featured a custom PCB with the drive on it Kingston has gone the M.2 route. So you can either buy the single M.2 device to use on an M.2 slot or you can buy it pre-installed in a PCI-Express adapter. We received the version with the adapter, let’s jump in!
Special thanks to Kingston for providing us with the HyperX Predator 480GB PCI-Express Solid State to review.
The HyperX Predator Solid State Drive comes in a very nice retail box. On the front there is a picture of the unit, it lets us know the capacity as well as the speeds too.
The back of the box has more information on the drive itself and lets us know what all comes inside the box.
The drive itself is nicely packaged inside. When you open it up you really feel like you have purchased a premium product. Getting everything out we have the HyperX Predator M.2 solid state drive pre-installed in the PCI-Express adapter, a low profile bracket, Acronis True Image HD cloning software key, HyperX sticker and a small getting started guide.
For a full unboxing and overview of the HyperX Predator Solid State Drive be sure to check out our video below.