Kingston Hyper X Predator m.2 SSD Review

Introduction and Up Close

Kingston Hyper X Predator m.2 SSD Review


Recently we've been seeing a lot of very good M.2 drives but they have been based upon a green PCB. Whilst they perform very well nonetheless the majority of people would prefer a black PCB to better blend in with their systems.

Enter the Kingston Predator M.2 drive. Combining the speeds we've seen lately from an M.2 drive with PCI Express bandwidth feeding it, it also comes complete with a PCI Express adaptor to enable you to use it on any PCI Express 3.0 compatible motherboard. As we would all prefer a black drive in our rigs it seems the perfect opportunity to see what the Kingston drive has to offer.

Here's what Kingston themselves had to say :

“As enthusiast desktop users and datacenter customers seek greater performance to break through 6Gb/s SATA limitation, Marvell’s X4-lane PCIe SSD Controller 88SS9293 provides lightning fast, next-generation SSD performance. We are proud to work with the HyperX team to deliver higher bandwidth and throughput for client systems and datacenter customers seeking to maximize storage performance. HyperX is happy to soon unleash its fastest HyperX SSD to date. The PCIe form factor showcases extreme speeds while processing both compressed and uncompressed data. We worked closely with Marvell to engineer this HyperX Predator PCIe SSD for higher performance and it more than delivers through its ultra-responsive multi-tasking and faster system performance.”

Up Close

As always with Kingston products the packaging for the HyperX Predator M.2 is very good. A stiff cardboard outer shell protects the drive from the nefarious activities of delivery people as well as looking very classy with its full-cover printing.

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Nobody would claim that an M.2 drive is the most interesting thing to see in picture form, but equally the HyperX Predator is far and away the sexiest drive in this format we've seen. Both the drive itself and its PCI Express adaptor are fitting for our modern 'all black, all the time' systems. We'd certainly rather have one of these than a green PCB. Just a shame in every motherboard we have here it sits with the sticker on upside down! They have obviously designed it for the PCIE add in card that you wont see anyway...... Fail.

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Most Recent Comments

06-05-2015, 09:36:07

Following your review of the SM951 I recently stuck one in my rig - WOW.

I don't see a reason to go back to SATA in the future.Quote

06-05-2015, 19:59:33

This (PCI-E drives) is the way to go it seems.Quote

09-05-2015, 07:28:36

Expensive, not NVMe... mehQuote

09-05-2015, 20:49:06

Nice review as always TomQuote

12-08-2015, 09:29:28

a nice review, i don't have a window on my case so the SM951 is a no brainer.

And if you do , still get the samsung and stick a black sticker on it , cheaper and faster .Quote

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