Page 10 - Conclusion
I think the beauty of research and development -- both in industry and academia -- is to never be satisfied with the current state of things. With the endless drive to keep asking ourselves this question, "How can we make it better in the next iteration?" has brought us tremendous progress in the world of technology since the dawn of human history. The original SSDs were fast compared to the mechanical HDD counterparts. But if people just stopped there, we would not have witnessed the era of SATA 6Gb/s products in the last few years, crazy PCI Express solutions with built-in RAID like the OCZ RevoDrive 350, or the seriously fast Kingston HyperX Predator PCIe 480GB we are reviewing today. With a few exceptions of a few tests, the HyperX Predator PCIe 480GB is, by far, the fastest single SSD we have ever reviewed here at APH Networks. It is no RevoDrive, but it sure as heck fills in the wide gap between SATA 6Gb/s units on OCZ's big daddy for a fraction of the price. Simply put, the Kingston HyperX Predator represents the beginning of a new era. It flexed its e-muscles over and over again in our benchmarks, demonstrating its epic performance prowess. Combined with its 882TB write endurance, and flexible configuration of allowing people without M.2 equipped motherboards to use it in a free PCI Express slot, there is almost too much to like about this product. The only downside to it is it not exactly power efficient compared to other SSDs (Installing it in a laptop will really affect your battery life), and the three year warranty is only average in the industry. For about $470 at press time, the Kingston HyperX Predator PCIe 480GB is not cheap. It was never meant to be. If you want to pay for performance, the HyperX Predator will indeed deliver the performance you paid for.
Kingston provided this product to APH Networks for the purpose of evaluation.
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The Kingston HyperX Predator PCIe 480GB represents the dawn of a new era as it shows off its epic performance prowess in our benchmarks nearly across the board.
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1. Introduction, Packaging, Specifications
2. A Closer Look, Test System
3. Benchmark: AIDA64 Disk Benchmark
4. Benchmark: ATTO Disk Benchmark
5. Benchmark: Crystal Disk Mark 3.0
6. Benchmark: HD Tach 18.104.22.168
7. Benchmark: HD Tune Pro 4.60
8. Benchmark: PassMark PerformanceTest 8.0
9. Benchmark: PCMark Vantage