Overall and Final Verdict
Well is this really a Predator? After testing I can say without a doubt that when you compare it to all of the SATA drives on the market, including the new HyperX Savage, this is a much faster option. The Sequential testing was especially fast competing with the NVMe Intel 750 Series. That dominance went through most of our tests but when I got down into 4K queue depth testing and the 4K 16QD IOPS test I was disappointed on how the drive seemed to fall on its face. It’s not a complete deal breaker by any means, but I was surprised at how it could hardly pull away from the SATA drives in those benchmarks.
I love that Kingston offers a nice package here with the all blacked out PCIe adapter, the drive, and a copy of Acronis True Image HD Software for cloning your old drive if you want. Those both add a lot of value to this combo.
Where I’m a little concerned though is with Intels 400GB 750 Series drive. The capacity on the Intel drive is smaller but the 750 Series dominates performance. If your motherboard supports using a NVMe drive the Intel drive is most likely going to be a better value and more performance. That said, for me my personal Rig doesn’t have that option as NVMe support hasn’t trickled down to most older X79 motherboards or in my case the SR-X. So with that the HyperX Predator is the fastest drive that we have tested that I can use as a boot drive. With that the included PCIe Adapter is going to come in handy as well!
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