Kingston HyperX Savage Solid State Drive Overview
The HyperX Savage has a really great look to it. Kingston has continued the red that we saw on the HyperX Savage memory and brought it to this solid state drive. In the center of the drive there is a nice etched HyperX logo. The drive is of course in the typical 2.5-inch form factor and has a metal casing.
Flipping the drive over there is a small sticker that has all the information on the drive and a smaller warranty void if removed sticker over one of the hex bolts. There are also four mounting holes on the bottom of the drive.
At the end of the drive of course you have your SATA power and data connections.
Taking a look at the drive from the side we can see it is a 7mm drive, which is all but standard now. There are also two mounting holes on each side of the drive.
Unlike many other drive makers Kingston has opted to not go with the tool-less design for the drive casing. You will need to remove four hex bolts on the back on the drive to get inside. Remember this will void your warranty. Opening the drive up we can see the single PCB with a thermal pad on top of the controller to help keep things cool.
Taking a closer look at the PCB we can see that the drive is powered by the Phison S3110-S10 controller. This is a true quad-core controller, with three of its cores exclusively being used for flash management tasks like background garbage collection. There is also end to end data protection between the controller, DRAM cache, and NAND chips. Also on this side of the drive are 8 NAND chips and a cache chip.
Flipping the PCB over there are 8 more NAND chips. These NAND chips are marked Kingston FD16B08UCT1-AF, which really does not tell us much. We do know that these chips are 16GB each, giving us a total capacity of 256GB. Since this is a 240GB drive the extra 16GB is used for background tasks and garbage collection.