Internals, Testing Methodology and System Setup

Internals:

First up is the Kingston HyperX Predator:

We ran into a stumbling block as the Predator uses T6 Security screws. Neither the IFixIt 54 bit set nor their Pro Tech Screwdriver Set include that size. Regardless, we got creative and opened 'er up anyway:

Inside we find the Phison S10 controller, 256MB of RAM, and 256GB (240GB provisioned) of Kingston packaged Toshiba A19 MLC flash.

Flash packages appear at the front and rear of the PCB.

Next up is the Patriot Ignite:

No problems getting the screwless, snap-fit housing open. The PCB is smaller than the Kingston unit, but the component layout is similar. This is the 480GB model, so there is 512MB of DRAM equipped here.

Patriot chose to be different with their choice of flash memory, opting to go with Micron 16nm Asynchronous MLC flash. These are 128Gbit dies, which allows the Ignite to have half the number of flash memory packages as compared to the Savage despite being twice the capacity.

Testing Methodology

Our tests are a mix of synthetic and real-world benchmarks. IOMeter, HDTach, HDTune, Yapt and our custom File Copy test round out the selection to cover just about all bases. If you have any questions about our tests just drop into the Storage Forum and we'll help you out!

Test System Setup

We have several storage testbeds. A newer ASUS P8Z77-V Pro/Thunderbolt and an ASUS Z87-PRO. Variance between both boards has been deemed negligible when testing SATA devices. Future PCIe and SATA device testing, including this review, take place on a new ASUS Sabertooth X99, which comes equipped with USB 3.1, M.2, and can also handle SFF-8639 devices with the proper adapter.

PC Perspective would like to thank Intel, ASUS, Corsair, Kingston, and EVGA for supplying some of the components of our test rigs. 

 
Hard Drive Test System Setup
CPU Intel Core i7 5820K @ 4.125 GHz
Motherboard ASUS Sabertooth X99
Memory 16GB Micron DDR4 @ 3333
Hard Drive G.Skill 32GB SLC SSD
Sound Card N/A
Video Card EVGA GeForce GTX 750
Video Drivers GeForce Game Ready Driver 347.88
Power Supply Corsair CMPSU-650TX
DirectX Version N/A
Operating System Windows 8.1 Pro X64 (update)
  • PCPer File Copy Test
  • HDTach
  • HDTune
  • IOMeter
  • YAPT
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