As we mentioned at the beginning of this article, you need to keep in mind that the Kingston HyperX Savage 480 GiB and the HyperX Predator of the same capacity are not direct competitors. Besides using different form factors, the price of the products is also very different. While the HyperX Savage is targeted to the home market, being a high-end “traditional” 2.5-inch SATA-600 (600 MiB/s) SSD, the HyperX Predator is an SSD aimed on the performance segment, for enthusiasts, high-performance workstations, and servers, using a PCI Express 2.0 x4 (2 GiB/s) connection and an M.2 form factor, with an optional adapter card to be installed in a PCI Express slot.

That said, we could easily see that the performance of these products is completely different. Even though the HyperX Savage 480 GiB provides an excellent performance, the HyperX Predator 480 GiB presents a performance level that is, in some cases, three times higher.

Some points are clear in our tests. First, while the HyperX Savage presents different performance levels with compressible and non-compressible data, the Predator had a consistent performance on both tests, which proves that its controller does not rely on data compression to achieve higher performance.

Another important result from our benchmarkings is that the HyperX Predator achieved a really impressive performance in the test with a queue depth of 32, which suggests it shows all its potential when it is under a heavy workload. So, applications that make use of smultaneous read and write requests will benefit more from this unit.

In other words, the HyperX Predator 480 GiB has an exceptional performance, but only storage-intensive applications will take advantage of all of its potential. For applications where the amount of simultaneous read and write requests is low or average, the HyperX Savage 480 GiB is a better choice, thanks to its lower price point, yet still maintaining a high performance level.