Kingston HyperX Predator 240Gb M.2 PCIe G2 x4 SSD
Author: Zahn Funk
Editor: Shawn Knight
Date: 08-15-2016
Provided by: Kingston

The Kingston HyperX Predator PCIe SSD is installed in the following system:

Intel i5 6600K Skylake
Gigabyte Z170X-UD5 Motherboard
2x8GB Kingston HyperX Fury DDR4-2666
Swiftech H20-320 Edge
Sapphire R9 290X 4GB GDDR5
Swiftech Komodo R9 LE
SilverStone Strider Gold 750W
Cooler Master HAF Stacker 935
Windows 10 Pro

The Gigabyte Z170X-UD5 motherboard has two M.2 Socket 3 connectors that support M-key 2242, 2260 and 2280 cards with up to x4 PCIe revision 3.0 lanes. This yields up to 4000MB/s bandwidth available for each M.2 socket, although other interfaces will be impacted by their use. The last x4 PCIe slot is disabled when the lower M.2 socket is used, as they share that x4 PCIe lane bandwidth. Similarly, when the upper M.2 socket is used, two of the onboard Intel SATA ports (2 & 3) are disabled, and two others (0 & 1) if utilized will force the M.2 to run at a maximum of x2 PCIe bandwidth. As I use three other SATA drives, two RAID1 hard drives and an optical, I opted to install the Kingston HyperX Predator PCIe SSD in the lower M.2 socket. The only other PCIe card in use in this system is the one x16 for the graphics card.

Acronis True Image was used to clone the boot drive from the existing Kingston HyperX 3K 240GB SATA SSD. This operation was very quick and extremely easy, the download and activation of the Acronis software was more complicated and took longer than the clone itself! After completion, the system was powered down and the old SATA drive removed. No other changes were necessary and the system booted from the new PCIe drive with Windows none the wiser to the change.

To test drive performance AS SSD, ATTO and Crystal Disk Mark were used to benchmark with. As we can see from the following screenshots, ATTO registered the fastest speeds, well over 1400MB/s read and nearly 700MB/s write. AS SSD and CDM both report read speeds slightly lower, in the upper 1200MB/s range, but writes still in the mid to upper 600MB/s.

Let's wrap up with some final thoughts and conclusion.

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