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Kingston HyperX Savage USB 3.1 Flash Drive Review


Testing Methodology

The reasons to purchase a flash drive are as varied as the consumers who purchase them. For some, read performance matters most, for others it is write performance, for others something more specific like small file performance is paramount.

With such a wide variety of individuals criteria’s, it behooves us to offer a variety of test suites that focus on different things. For synthetic tests, we used a combination of AS-SSD and CrystalDiskMark benchmarks.

For real world (non-gaming oriented) testing, we have used timed data transfer scenarios. For these tests we timed how long a single 10GB rar file took to copy to and then from the devices. We also used a 10GB folder full of small files (from 100kb to 200MB).

All tests were run 4 times and the average results are represented.

To ensure optimum performance in between each test run the device was sanitary erased.

Main Test System

Processor: Intel i7 5930K
Memory: 32GB (4x8GB) Crucial Ballistic Elite DDR4-2666
Motherboard: Asus Sabertooth X99
Video Card: MSI Lightning 980Ti
Cooling: NZXT X61
SSD: 1x Intel 750 1.2TB NVMe SSD, 1x Intel P3700 1.2TB NVMe SSD
Power Supply: Corsair AX860i
Monitor: Dell U2714H
OS: Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1

Special thanks to Crucial for providing the RAM for this testbed.

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