HyperX Savage USB 3.1 Flash Drive Review

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Final Thoughts and Conclusions

HyperX Savage USB 3.1

The HyperX Savage is a great looking USB 3.1 Gen 1 drive that has pretty solid performance. This drive will likely get a fair bit of attention since it’s one of the handful on the market being advertised as a USB 3.1 Gen 1 device. Just remember that USB 3.1 Gen 1 and USB 3.0 drives are basically the same thing as both are capable of 5 Gbps transfer speeds. You’ll need to wait for USB 3.1 Gen 2 devices to come out to get 10 Gbps transfer speeds and the latest features that USB has to offer.

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 performance the HyperX Savage was found to run at it’s advertised speeds more times than not and for the 128GB drive I tested on that meant 350 MB/s read and 250 MB/s for sequential file transfers. These are pretty good speeds, but nothing to honestly write home about. I reviewed the Lexar JumpDrive P20 USB 3.0 drive over half a year ago and it is capable of similar speeds for a bit less money as the Lexar JumpDrive P20 128GB drive is available for $54.99 shipped with a lifetime warranty.  The Kingston HyperX Savage 128GB drive at $87.40 shipped with a 5-year runs you 60% more and is coming to market half a year later. The drive looks cool with the ‘trend-setting design’ that Kingston came up with, but it’s lacking that killer feature that is needed to make it stand out in the crowded USB Flash Drive market. You have the Samsung SSD T1 250GB drive available for just a couple more dollars and then similar drives for far less. The price on the HyperX Savage USB 3.1 Gen 1 drive will drop over time like all products, but the current street price of $87.40 shipped is certainly better than the $131 MSRP!

Legit Bottom Line: The HyperX Savage USB 3.1 Gen 1 Flash drive is fast and flashy, but was found to be lacking a killer feature that justifies the price tag.

HyperX Savage USB Flash drive

 

 

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  • Thomas Michelsen

    I have this drive in the 256GB-version and it’s got absolutely horrid transfer speeds, when it comes to many small files. We’re talking speeds of kilobytes per second here. I’d most definitely not recommend it to anyone.

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  • 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…