HyperX Savage USB 3.1 Flash Drive Review

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m-systems diskonkey flash drive

The first USB Flash Drive that I ever reviewed on Legit Reviews was the 16MB DiskOnKey Pro made by a company called M-Systems. M-Systems was later acquired by SanDisk, which was just acquired this year by Western Digital. The 16MB DiskOnKey Pro was available for $19.99, was marketed as being able to hold 11 floppy disks worth of data and was powered by a 32-bit ARM7 CPU. The fact that it has a processor inside was important back then as it was the first portable USB storage drive that was driverless and was able to run additional applications like automatic boot features and automatic logon.  Those were the first time those features were seen on a USB Flash Drive and since then millions of USB Flash drives have been produced and it’s not a common device that most people have had the pleasure of using. The 16MB DiskOnKey Pro used the USB 1.1 host interface and was capable of up to 12 MBits/sec  or 1.5 MB/s of performance.

diskonkey pro performance

I still happen to have that drive and it’s still in functioning order with data on it that hasn’t been accessed in over a decade. I was able to run a really old version of SiSoftware Sandra 2004 that happened to be on the drive and find that it to find that the drive is capable of 1.45 MB/s sequential read and 1.36 MB/s write speeds. Those speeds were very respectable back in 2002/2003 for a USB 3.1 Flash Drive, but boy have we come a really far since then.
HyperX Savage USB Flash drive

The product that I’m looking at today is the HyperX Savage USB 3.1 Gen 1 device that just came out this month and is available in 64 GB, 128GB and 256 GB capacities.  This is the first USB Flash Drive that I’ve received that touts being compliant with the USB 3.1 Gen 1 specifications set by the USB-Implementers Forum (USB-IF) to take full advantage of the latest USB Type-A ports in newer devices. Since it’s also backwards compatible with older USB ports, meaning that it will work on desktops, notebooks, gaming consoles (PS4, PS3, Xbox One, Xbox 360) and so on.

It needs to be made clear to everyone that USB 3.0 has been retroactively renamed USB 3.1 Gen 1, so this is basically a SuperSpeed+ USB 3.0 drive that is capable of speeds up to 5Gbps. The new USB 3.1 standard that most think of when they see USB 3.1 on a device is actually called USB 3.1 Gen 2 and those devices are capable of up to 10Gbps transfer speeds. So, if you are shopping for a USB drive you need to know that USB 3.0 and USB 3.1 Gen 1 are the same thing. If you want a true ‘USB 3.1’ 10Gbps device you’ll need to look for one that meets the USB 3.1 Gen 2 specification.

The HyperX Savage USB 3.1 Gen 1 series is capable of 350MB/s Sequential Read and 250 MB/s Sequential Write speeds on the 128GB and 256GB drives and 350MB/s read and 180MB/s write in the smaller 64GB capacity drive.

HyperX Savage USB Model Capacity Read Speed Write Speed Price
HXS3/64GB 64GB  up to 350MB/s  up to 180MB/s $52.37 shipped
HXS3/128GB 128GB  up to 350MB/s  up to 250MB/s $87.40 shipped
HXS3/256GB 256GB  up to 350MB/s  up to 250MB/s $164.84 shipped

When it comes to pricing the HyperX Savage runs  $52.37 for the 64GB, $87.40 for the 128GB and $164.84 for the 256GB version. These prices aren’t bad for the speeds you get, but the pricing issue for Kingston will be the fact that SSDs are stupid cheap these days. You can buy an entry level SATA III SSD with a USB 3.0/3.1 enclosure for less or go with an USB 3.0 External SSD like the Samsung T1 Portable that we reviewed earlier this year. The Samsung Portable SSD T1 250GB model that we reviewed showed that it was capable of 463 MB/s read and 437 MB/s write speeds in the ATTO benchmark and it runs just $89.99 shipped. The Samsung Portable SSD T1 is cosidered a portable SSD though and isn’t a true USB Flash drive. The negatives of this means that it’s a larger device, that has a removable USB 3.0 cable, but it’s far cheaper at $0.36 per GB versus $0.68 per GB on the HyperX Savage 128GB drive.

HyperX Savage USB 3.1

The HyperX Savage is a great look USB 3.1 Gen 1 (USB 3.0) drive that features the infamous red HyperX logo and name on the side of the drive. The drive measures 76.3mm x 23.48mm x 12.17mm in size and has a removable cap that is stored on the other end of the drive. The cap clicks firmly into place if you aren’t using a key chain as if you have it secured to a lanyard or key chain the cap obviously can’t be used.

HyperX Savage USB Specifications

  • Capacities: 64GB, 128GB, 256GB
  • Speed USB 3.1 Gen 1 (USB 3.0): 128GB–256GB: 350MB/s read, 250MB/s write / 64GB: 350MB/s read, 180MB/s write
  • Dimensions: 76.3mm x 23.48mm x 12.17mm
  • Operating temperature: 0°C to 60°C
  • Storage Temperature: -20°C to 85°C
  • Backwards compatible with USB 3.0 and USB 2.0
  • Guaranteed: 5-year warranty with free technical support
  • Compatible with: Windows 10, Windows 8.1, Windows 8, Windows 7 (SP1), Windows Vista (SP2), Mac OS X v.10.8.x+, Linux v.2.6.x+, Chrome OS

HyperX Savage USB 3.1 128GB

Here is a look at the cap removed from the drive and the standard blue USB 3.1 Gen 1 / USB 3.0 Type-A port.

Let’s take a look at the test system and then the performance of this drive!

 

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  • Fozer Laszlo
  • DoctorT

    Lol – USB 3.1 Gen 1 – What a scam.. This is just regular USB 3.0
    This will just confuze customers into thinking they have a 3.1 flash drive when they only have 3.0

    • Mike Mohney

      Not a scam, just confusing. The USB org now requires all USB makers (like Kingston) to call all USB 3.0 drives “USB 3.1 Gen 1.” Gen 2 controllers that provide the faster “3.1” speeds won’t be our until mid-2016.

      • YOUDIEMOFO

        So this is a marketing scam is what you are saying (hence it would be confusing to consumers)…. Telling someone that they are required to do so, but being totally false about the claims and what is actually going on is a joke to the consumer.

        • JW0914

          Either you have a misunderstanding of USB 3 or you’re misinformed/uninformed.

          USB 3 and USB 3.1 are NOT the same. USB 3.1 are classified as SuperSpeed, hence the SS that annotates any USB 3.1 port on a computer.

          I would encourage you to research why there’s a distinction and why the distinction must be in place. Instead of labeling something you either don’t understand as a “scam”, perhaps you could choose to enlighten yourself by doing 5 minutes of research on google.

          Controller’s matter, as they dictate the speed at which data can be read or written

      • JW0914

        It’s not confusing at all… it takes all of 2 minutes on google to discover the difference and why there’s a difference.

        • DoctorT

          To the regular uneducated consumer – it is very confusing and will lead them to believe they either do not support the new spec, or they will think it is “real” USB 3.1 (which it isn’t).

        • JW0914

          I’m failing to see how that would confuse any consumer… unless they’re a mindless drone. These are not children who are going to be buying electronics, they are teenagers or adults, both categories of which have access to the internet in some form, whether first hand or second hand. It takes less than 15 seconds to google “USB 3 vs 3.1”, another 60 seconds [I’m being generous here] to find a link that has an explanation, and another 60 seconds to skim the article for the defining differences… all told, 2min 15sec.

          If a consumer does not wish to take 2 min and google something they don’t know, they have no one else to blame but themselves for any confusion they may experience. It’s called personal responsibility, a quality many on forums and threads wish to overlook in order to blame one authority/company or another authority/company.

          There is nothing confusing about USB 3 vs USB 3.1 vs USB 3.1 v1. Each is a separate standard, much the same as HDMI 1.2, HDMI 1.3, HDMI 1.4, and HDMI 2.0. If a consumer does not wish to learn and understand the meaning and differences of a certain standard over another, then either 1. they should blindly pick a device, be happy, and not complain, or 2. not use an electronic device at all. Each of us has a 3lbs mass of neurons inside the skull known as a brain… it’s useless if someone doesn’t choose to use it.

        • JW0914

          nvm… I misunderstood what you had typed and just realized we were stating the same thing. Sorry about that =]

        • DoctorT

          http://www.anandtech.com/show/9485/intel-skylake-z170-motherboards-asrock-asus-gigabyte-msi-ecs-evga-supermicro

          Scroll down to the bottom of this for an example of USB 3.1 Gen 1 vs. 2.

    • JW0914

      Either you have a misunderstanding of USB 3 or you’re misinformed/uninformed.

      USB 3 and USB 3.1 are NOT the same. USB 3.1 is classified as SuperSpeed, hence the SS that annotates any USB 3.1 port on a computer. USB 3 has a max theoretical transfer speed of 5gbps vs USB 3.1’s 10gbps

      I would encourage you to research why there’s a distinction and why the distinction must be in place. Instead of labeling something you either don’t understand as a “scam”, perhaps you could choose to enlighten yourself by doing 5 minutes of research on google.

      Controller’s matter, as they dictate the speed at which data can be read or written. Ever wonder why many USB 3 drives can’t r/w beyond 40 or 50 MB/s? Ever compared PNY’s Turbo USB 3 drives vs SanDisk’s Ultra USB 3 drives and wondered why there’s such a massive performance difference (or any other USB 3 drive for that matter). Most users buy USB 3 drives thinking they’re going to get incredible speeds, never bothering to research the speed they should be able to get and finding a product to match.

      • DoctorT

        I perfectly know the difference between USB 3.1 and 3.0.
        But USB 3.1 gen 1 IS identical to USB 3.0 – it just has a bumped up name, functionally it is exactly the same. This will lead to confusing customers into thinking that they either don’t support the “new” spec, or that this Gen 1 USB is actually 10 GBps, which it isn’t.

        http://www.anandtech.com/show/9485/intel-skylake-z170-motherboards-asrock-asus-gigabyte-msi-ecs-evga-supermicro
        Scroll down to the bottom of this page to see a comparison of Gen 1 vs 2. As Anandtech says it’s all a marketing shenanigan.

        • JW0914

          Saying they’re identical is like saying SATA2 is identical to SATA3… they’re not identical as I plainly stated in my above post.

          USB 3.0 is limited to 5gbps MAXIMUM transmission of data
          USB 3.1 is limited to 10gbps MAXIMUM transmission of data

          Yes, those are theoretical limits, however USB3.1 will still maintain a speed twice that of USB 3.0 provided both are connected to devices capable of utilizing that transmission rate

        • JW0914

          nvm… I misunderstood what you had typed and just realized we were stating the same thing. Sorry about that =]

      • James

        USB 3.1 Gen1/USB 3.0 = ~5Gbps
        USB 3.1 Gen 2 = ~10Gbps

        USB 3.1 Gen1 has the exact same specifications as USB 3.0

      • Will

        Dude, arguing on the internet is like drag racing on the street. You might win but you’re still a retard for doing so…. You’ll never convince that moron of anything, so why bother… You are right, but you’re wasting your time.

        • JW0914

          Perhaps you should have read the last post in that thread prior to posting…