It’s not often we get a product in for testing which dominates the competition as much as the HyperX Predator has, but not without getting scrutinised by me! Some products are designed to be class leading and others “miss-leading” so to speak. Which category does the Predator PCIe x4 SSD fall into?
Well to cut a long story brutally short, the Predator is an absolutely fantastic drive in terms of performance, as well as aesthetics and design. The only thing that could potentially be improved upon is the really sketchy 4K read and write IOPS which we experienced; it wasn’t a problem anywhere else I might add. When you factor in the high £175 price for 240GB, it works out at £1.37 per GB which is very expensive all things considered. Even compared to a class leading SATA3 drive which comes in at around £0.50 per GB, does the extra step up in performance justify the extra cost?
It’s a true saying that you get what you pay for and if you want the best, you better be prepared to shell out for it and this is simply the case with the HyperX Predator. You would need a 3 way RAID 0 with a good SATA3 SSD to come close to the read/write speeds of the Predator, but with that comes huge risks in terms of data loss over the failure of a RAID 0 array. The Marvel controller utilised on the Predator is an industry standard among SSDs and further bolsters reliability; if it does fail, HyperX’s 3 year warranty is sure to keep you interested and with a purchase this expensive, warranty is essential in our eyes.
Overall, the HyperX Predator PCIe does enough for me today to bag our Gold award (just) with the major let down being the price point, but that however is subject to my personal opinions. It does however deserve our design award tenfold and we believe if you are in the market for a class leading consumer SSD, but don’t want to spend as much as Intel are charging for their PCIe SSDs, then the HyperX is certainly not one to dismiss as we would happily upgrade our office systems to encompass the power of the PCIe SSD; thank you HyperX, good job!
Q) Is the HyperX Predator PCIe x4 HHHL SSD the fastest on the market?
A) Not the fastest on the market, but surely one of the most affordable options in consumer PCIe SSD technology.
Q) Does the HyperX Predator PCIe x4 HHHL SSD come in any other colours other than black?
A) Not currently, but who knows what the future holds.
Q) Which is better, PCIe or SATA3 SSDs?
A) For performance, PCIe, but both are horses for courses and come with pretty different price tags; go with what you can afford.
Q) Is the HyperX Predator worth buying?
A) Yes, we think it’s one of the best drives we have ever seen here at Play3r and would happily recommend these to those wanting serious storage power; just remember that speed isn’t always everything!
Q) What does HHHL mean?
A) Half Height, Half Length.
– Amazing read and write speeds
– Looks stunning
– Available with or without the PCIe adapter
– More affordable than the current Intel options
– Questionable 4k IOPS read and write speeds
– Still a very expensive technology
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