The SSDs available in the market are becoming faster everyday, and the SATA-600 interface is becoming a performance-limiting factor. Because of this, newer high-end models are using the PCI Express interface. In this review, we will compare two high-end SSDs from Kingston: the HyperX Savage, which uses the 2.5” form factor and SATA-600 (600 MiB/s) interface, and the HyperX Predator, which uses the PCI Express 2.0 x4 interface (2 GiB/s), both with 480 GiB capacity. Let’s see what is the performance difference between these two models.

The HyperX Savage is the most high-end model from Kingston using the 2.5-inch form factor. It uses a SATA-600 interface and is available with capacities from 120 GiB up to 960 GiB.

The HyperX Predator, on the other hand, is an SSD that uses the M.2 2280 (80 mm long) form factor and a PCI Express 2.0 x4 interface. It can be bought as a simple M.2 card, to be installed in an M.2 slot, or with a PCI Express x4 adapter card, needed if your motherboard does not offer an M.2 slot with PCI Express x4 connection. This product is available in 240 GiB and 480 GiB capacities.

In our tests, we will compare the performance of these two units, both with 480 GiB of capacity.

Before proceeding, we highly suggest that you read our “Anatomy of SSD Units” tutorial, which provides all the background information you need to know about SSDs.

In the table below we compare the units tested.

Manufacturer Model Model # Nominal Capacity Form Factor Interface Price


HyperX Predator


480 GiB


PCI Express 2.0 x4

USD 490


HyperX Savage


480 GiB



USD 290

We researched the prices on the day that we published this review. In the table below, we provide a more in-depth technical comparison between the two drives.

Model Controller Buffer Memory
Kingston HyperX Predator Marvell 88SS9293 2 x 512 MiB DDR3L-1600 Kingston D2516EC4BXGGB 8x 64 GiB Toshiba TH58TEG9DDKBA8H
Kingston HyperX Savage Phison PS3110-S10 512 MiB DDR3L-1600 Nanya NT5CC256M16CP-DI 16x 32 GiB Kingston FQ32B08UCT1-C0