The HyperX FURY RGB 480GB SSD Review
The HyperX FURY RGB SSD has been released as a premium device in a competitive market that makes anything hard to stand out. By the inclusion of RGB lighting, HyperX makes the Fury SSD something you want to feature in a build instead of hiding it in a case or in a drive bay. The 480 GB HyperX Fury is interesting and attractive, and the drive’s specifications indicate we can expect great performance with its affordable price of $94.99.
Before we show our tests, let’s take a closer look at the new Hyper X FURY RGB SSD by unboxing it.
The HyperX FURY RGB 480GB SSD comes in box that does not include mounting screws nor brackets. Included are the SSD, a RGB controller adapter connector required to power the LED lighting on the SSD, Acronis cloning software, warranty information, and installation instructions.
Here are some more photos of the box:
The box indicates that Acronis Cloning software which retails for $49 is included, but it was not included with our review copy.
The packaging is pretty basic, but once unboxed the Hyper X FURY RGB SSD feels like a very premium piece of hardware. Our Crucial SSD feels very light and cheap when compared to the metallic and heavier HyperX SSD. The Crucial SSD is more likely to be hidden away in a drive bay, but this RGB-equipped SSD will fit right in with any build and especially for those with a more high-end PC that want to show it off.
For this review, I am comparing a 7200 RPM Western Digital hard drive (HDD) with the 480GB HyperX FURY RGB SSD to test game loading times for my PC. The HyperX SSD uses 3D TLC and a Marvell 88SS1074 controller. We also used a fairly popular and affordable Crucial SSD, the Crucial BX200, to compare SSD speeds. Here is a picture of the three drives we will be using for this review:
The HyperX FURY RGB SDD’s specifications are listed below:
HyperX FURY RGB SSD Specifications:
Interface SATA Rev. 3.0 (6Gb/s) – with backwards compatibility to SATA Rev. 2.0 (3Gb/s)
Capacities 240GB, 480GB, 960GB
Controller Marvell 88SS1074
NAND 3D TLC
240GB-960GB — up to 550/480MB/s
0.2W Idle / 0.6W Avg. / 1.2W (MAX) Read / 2.5 W (MAX) Write
Dimensions 100.14mm x 69.85mm x 9.5mm
Operating temperature 0°C~70°C
Storage temperature -40°C~85°C
Vibration operating 2.17G Peak (7–800Hz)
Vibration non-operating 20G Peak (10–2000Hz)
Life expectancy 1 million hours MTBF
Warranty/support Limited 3-year warranty with free technical support
Total Bytes Written (TBW)
240GB — 120TB
480GB — 240TB
960GB — 480TB
The RGB lighting on the Fury RGB is the focal point of the product. Our Phanteks P400S case comes equipped with an onboard RGB controller that is compatible with most platforms and it is very easy to set up. The RGB on the FURY RGB SSD is controllable through a connector next to the SATA power and data connectors. HyperX used a USB micro-B connector here, but it’s not to be used directly with another USB header. Instead, the adapter cable included with the drive is used to connect the SSD to any 4-pin 12V RGB header on the motherboard or to another lighting controller. In our case, this connection was very simple with our case’s included controller and installation took less than a minute.
Here is a gallery of the HyperX FURY RGB lighting in our case:
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The RGB lighting of the HyperX FURY allows the color of its lighting to be adjusted as a group but we were unable to control its individual RGB mode. Alternatively, if you skip using the LED cable altogether, the drive will only light up in red using the SATA power connector.
Let’s look next at our test configuration before we do any benching