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

Next are the results of the updated HyperX Predator test-bed (Skylake with MSI Z170A motherboard plus Ubuntu 15.10) compared to last week's results. There's also a secondary run when running the latest Linux 4.3 Git kernel.

Moving from the Haswell-E to Skylake motherboard did yield significant performance boosts for this M.2 SSD. More of these results via this result file.

At the end of the day, even after trying multiple systems and various kernel options, UEFI/BIOS tuning, and much more, the performance of the Kingston HyperX Predator 240GB M.2 SSD under Linux isn't all that competitive.

As I bought this drive rather than being a review sample, I already ended up starting the RMA process on this card since it's not worth the money considering its performance against a variety of SATA 3.0 solid-state drives at less than half the cost. Unfortunately due to SSDs not being a major focus at Phoronix for Linux hardware reviews, I don't have many other M.2 SSDs around here to test against to see if the poor HyperX Predator performance is an isolated case or an issue more about the Linux kernel's support for these modern storage interfaces.

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