Kingston HyperX Predator SSD On Linux: Still Not Making Par
Written by Michael Larabel in Storage on 7 October 2015. Page 1 of 3. 12 Comments

Last week I posted some initial Kingston HyperX Predator M.2 SSD Linux benchmarks. Since those results, which were rather disappointing when factoring in the cost of this solid-state storage, I've run some more tests. While the performance has improved with a newer Skylake Linux system, the results are still not as great as advertised and I'm just returning the darn drive.

The earlier results done from an Intel Core i7 5960X Haswell-E system with X99 motherboard for this Predator M.2 SSD weren't much better than some budget Serial ATA 3.0 SSDs tested against on Ubuntu. Since then and having more time with the device, plus seeing what Phoronix readers had to say, I tested the drive on a newer MSI Z170A GAMING (Skylake) system plus the latest Ubuntu 15.10 packages. The results have improved, but still much below the rated speeds of writes up to 600MB/s and reads up to 1400MB/s.

With the Intel Core i5 Skylake system I had tested the Kingston HyperX Predator M.2 SSD against a 256GB Transcend SATA 3.0 SSD for reference. Then I re-benchmarked the HyperX Predator 240GB M.2 also against the earlier results from the Core i7 5960X system. So there are other hardware and software differences in those secondary results, but mainly seeing the change from last week.

All of the Linux disk benchmarks were facilitated via the open-source Phoronix Test Suite software.

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