Kingston HyperX Savage EXO external SSD review: Extreme storage performance for gamers

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Kingston has been making a lot of great solid state drives that are easy on the pocket and deliver best in class performance. We have been using Kingston’s internal SSDs since a long time now and are quite amazed how they can give the some of the big boys a run for their money. Their drives are great to look at and many gamers and digital artists swear by it. We got another SS drive to review from Kingston, this time not for the inside of a PC or laptop, but for external usage. Called the Kingston HyperX Savage EXO external SSD, we gave it a thorough test and this is what we could make of this nifty little device.

Design

The Kingston HyperX Savage EXO external SSD is built for people and gamers who want extreme performance from their external storage drive. Before we talk about that, let us first talk about the form factor of this SSD. This external storage drive is built like a slim tablet, which is dressed in silverish grey and black colours. One thing to notice here is that there are no screws holding the external panels together. Instead they are locked in with each other.

The design is futuristic and unlike the boring large candy bar block this one looks quite nice at 10.24mm thickness. The twin curved edges on top flatten out midway, adding to the show. On the right side, users will find the USB Type C port along with a white LED light, which turns on when the data is being accessed to or from the Kingston HyperX Savage EXO external SSD. The HyperX branding can be found on the top panel of the SSD with the company code sticker located at the bottom.

In the box users will get two data cables. One is USB Type C to USB Type C that can connect the drive to a MAC and the other is USB Type C to USB Type A, to connect it with PCs and gaming consoles. A neat HyperX sticker is also part of the package in case you want to slap it on to the side of your console or PC. A bit of a show value.

Performance

The Kingston HyperX Savage EXO external SSD is very fast when it comes to performance. It is available in two configuration 480GB 3D TLC NAND and 960GB 3D TLC NAND. We got the 480 gigs version over for the review. This drive supports connectivity ports up to USB 3.1. So, with great excitement we put it to the test, to know how it actually performs.Kingston HyperX Savage EXO external SSD side

Our test bench includes an Intel i5 8th Gen CPU, 8GB RAM, 480 GB SSD and of course to test comes with a USB 3.0 USB port. The company claims that the Kingston HyperX Savage EXO external SSD has read speeds of up to 500MBPS and write speeds of up to 480MBPS. So, we ran the tests to understand how true is that statement. On Crystal Disk Mark test bench, we got read speed of 462MBPS and write speed of 440.2 MBPS.

We were able to transfer a 1GB file from our system to the drive in under 2.6 seconds. This drive kept blowing our mind further and further. The Kingston HyperX Savage EXO external SSD is not only quick but super quick. When connected to a console, gamers will find up to 20% boost in game load times, and yes, it is compatible with both Xbox One and Playstation 4.

Verdict

At just 56 grams it is one of the lightest SSDs to arrive on our review table. With 3 years warranty the 480GB Kingston HyperX Savage EXO external SSD can be picked up for around Rs 14,000 from places like Nehru Place in Delhi or Lamington Road in Mumbai. Its original box price is Rs 15,999. Some might find it to be a bit steep, but the best performance does come at a bit of a price. Overall, we loved how this external SSD looks with premium materials used all around it. And when it comes to speed, both read and write, like we said it can give some of the best in the business a run for their money.

Pros: Good Looks

Lightweight and easy to carry

Extreme performance

Cons: Price on the higher side

 

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