Last week I took a look at Kingston’s latest HyperX SATA SSD the Savage. Now today I have the chance to look at their flagship SSD the Predator. The Predator is an M.2 x4 drive that is available with and without a PCI Express card to M.2 adapter. For our testing today I will be using it with the adapter to see what everyone can expect for performance, but if your PC supports a x4 M.2 slot you can save yourself a lot of space and keep a PCIe slot open by running the drive through it. M.2 is the replacement for mSATA. Running the drive over M.2 gives a direct connection to the CPU and when run in a x4 configuration it gives us up to 20GB/s bandwidth. In other words for the first time in a long time we aren’t limited by the SATA connection. With that I’m extremely excited to see what the Predator is capable of!

Product Name: HyperX Predator M.2 PCIe G2 x4 480GB

Review Sample Provided by: Kingston

Written by: Wes

Pictures by: Wes

Amazon link: HERE


Form factor M.2 2280
Interface PCIe Gen 2.0 x 4
Capacities 240GB, 480GB
Controller Marvell 88SS9293
Power Consumption 1.38W Idle / 1.4W Avg / 1.99W (MAX) Read / 8.25W (MAX) Write
Storage temperature -40°C~85°C
Operating temperature 0°C~70°C

80mm x 22mm x 3.5mm (M.2)

180.98mm x 120.96mm x 21.59mm (with HHHL adapter – standard bracket)

181.29mm x 80.14mm x 23.40mm (with HHHL adapter – low-profile bracket)


10g (M.2)

73g (with HHHL adapter – standard bracket)

68g (with HHHL adapter – low-profile bracket)

Vibration Operating 2.17G Peak (7–800Hz)
Vibration non-operating 20G Peak (10–2000Hz)
Life expectancy 1 million hours MTBF
Warranty/support 3-year warranty with free technical support
Total Bytes Written (TBW)

240GB: 415TB 1.6 DWPD

480GB: 882TB 1.7 DWPD


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garfi3ld replied the topic: #36648 06 May 2015 02:03
Today I take a look at a PCIe based M.2 drive with a PCIe adapter from Kingston

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