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Kingston HyperX Savage EXO 480GB External SSD review

Rating: 8.0.

Kingston has just added an external SSD to their HyperX high performance/gaming product line. The HyperX Savage EXO is a slim line drive using 3D TLC NAND and a USB 3.1 Gen 2 interface.

The new Kingston HyperX Savage EXO joins a varied product line-up that already includes other storage devices, memory modules, keyboards, headsets, mice and mouse pads. It’s available in two capacities, the flagship 960GB model and the 480GB drive which Kingston kindly supplied for review. The drive has official sequential speed ratings of up to 500MB/s for reads and up to 480MB/s for writes.

Kingston doesn’t state what controller or which NAND the drive uses in the specification sheet but if we were to make an educated guess, it would be a Toshiba BiCS3 NAND & Marvell controller combination.

Using an USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type-C interface, the drive is compatible with Microsoft Windows, Apple macOS as well as Microsoft’s Xbox One and Sony’s PlayStation 4.

Kingston back the drive with a three-year warranty.

Physical Specifications:
Usable Capacities: 480GB
NAND Components: 3D TLC NAND
Interface: USB 3.1Gen 2 Type-C
Form Factor: external
NAND Controller: n/s
Dimensions: 123.82 x 48.61 x 10.24mm
Drive Weight: 56g

Firmware Version: 003056RA

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