ANLISE: HyperX Savage EXO – Good portable SSD, but costing more than competitors

Today, we bring another portable SSD analysis, now of the model HyperX SAVAGE EXO, with a capacity of 480GB. This line has models of 480GB and 960GB, both using memories of the type 64L Toshiba TLC. Models are based on connection USB 3.1 Gen2, reaching speed of up to 500MB / s.

In the analysis, we will compare the SSD with other solutions, including an internal SSD based on SATA connection with very similar speed and another competing model. It is worth mentioning that there are already USB 3.1 Gen2 models with higher speeds, such as the Sandisk Extreme Portable PRO, which reaches 1,000MB / s – a version superior to Extreme Portable that we reviewed recently.

HyperX SAVAGE EXO SSDs official website

In the international scenario, the 480GB model costs about $ 118, while the 960GB costs US $ 170 (research done on 19/05/2020 on In Brazil, before the pandemic, it was possible to find the 480GB model for about R $ 700 on average, about R $ 350 more than a 2.5-inch SATA SSD. However, the pandemic generated two problems: lack of products on the market, and another one that the remaining models are costing a lot more – almost twice as much.



As highlights, the SSDs of the SAVAGE EXO line reach speeds of up to 500MB / s. It is based on USB 3.1 Gen2 connection, the most current and fastest, for now, when it comes to USB, despite the SSD not reaching the limit of the connection, which makes it possible to go well beyond.

HyperX also highlights the compatibility of the SSD with Windows, MAC and also consoles like PS4 and XBOX. It is worth remembering that some consoles can generate their own file system, not allowing them to be recognized on another platform.

Compatible with Windows, Mac, Android, PS4 and XBox

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The SAVAGE EXO is smaller than a 2.5-inch wide model, but a little longer. Unlike the Extreme Portable we reviewed, he does not have a rubberized body, so he may have a bigger problem with eventual falls. A positive point is that it has a led light – something simple, but that helps a lot to see the status of the SSD, such as, if it is connected or being accessed and transferring data.

The SSD comes with a USB-C to USB-C and another USB-A to USB-C cable.

Below, we put the SAVAGE EXO next to a 256GB USB 3.1 Pen Drive from SanDisk, a case for SSD format M.2 and an SSD in the traditional 2.5 inch format. I think it could be considerably larger, as it would help with the portability issue. As I mentioned in the Sandisk Extreme Portable review, a connection solution with the cable attached to the SSD body would somehow also be very welcome, unless it was possible to fix the cable.

System used

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Below, the system settings and software used for comparisons.

Machine used in the tests:

– Gigabyte X570 AORUS Master mainboard (review) – AMD Ryzen 9 3900X processor (review) – NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 video card (review) – G.Skill TridentZ RGB 16GB (2x8GB) memories (official website) – Gigabyte AORUS PCIe 4.0 SSD 2TB (official website) – Thermaltake Toughpower 850W Gold Source (official website)


Operating System and Drivers: – Windows 10 Pro 64 Bits Build 1909 + Updates

Applications / Games: – AS SSD Benchmark 2.x- ATTO Benchmark 4.x- BootRacer 7.x- CrystalDiskMark 6.x- DiskBench


When it comes to temperature, 2.5-inch SATA SSDs vary little over room temperature. But, in the case of portable models, it can change a lot depending on the design and connection technology. Below, you can see a considerable difference between the Sandisk Extreme Portable models and the HyperX Savage EXO, for example, both using the same connection technology.

Synthetic tests

AS SSD BenchmarkWe started our tests with the AS SSD Benchmark, specific software for testing SSD drives, HD etc. The application performs a series of tests in different reading and writing situations and, in the end, generates a score with the average between all tests. Check it out below:

ATTO Disk BenchmarkAnother famous application for performance testing of storage units is ATTO. See the behavior of the compared models below:

OFF-TOPIC: Below, the graph of number 11,000 used in an Adrenaline content

CrystalDiskMarkWith the CrystalDiskMark version 6 application, another very famous for testing drives, we chose to use two results recommended by the developers themselves: the "SeqQ32T1" it's the "4KiB Q32T1". Below, the scores in read and write mode:

Practical tests

Loading a game (Battlefield V)It was not possible to run the game through the SSD, even with the system giving BOOT and working on all other tests. There was no way to work on any USB connected drive.

With this test, we consider not only installing the game on the SSD, but also running the operating system on it. We had to remove it from the battery.

BOOT time (Windows 10 Pro 64 bits)With BootRacer software, we measure the time required to boot the operating system, one of the main attractions of SSD drives.

The shortest time after 3 BOOTs in a row and time reported by Boot Racer

The test consists of the best result after three boots in a row of the system, considering the total time until finishing in the work area, with the time reported by the application. Therefore, it is slower than the boot until it shows the desktop screen, as it considers that even background applications load completely.

File Copy – NVMe SSDBelow, copy performance tests, using a high performance NVMe standard SSD to send and also receive. So, we take the factor speed limiter slower drive, as would happen with a standard Sata3 HD, since the SSD used, a Gigabyte AORUS PCIe 4.0, has reading speed of up to 5,000 MB / s and writing of 4,400MB / s.

The test uses the DiskBench application for the process.

For the ideal copy scenario, both drives need to be fast

Drive analyzed for AORUS PCIe 4.0 NVMe M.2 2TB Gigabyte SSD (read)In this test, we copy the files from the analyzed drive to a high-performance NVMe SSD. This would be the reading test, since he does not write anything to the analyzed drive.

Gigabyte AORUS PCIe 4.0 NVMe M.2 2TB for drive analyzed (written)Inverting the process, we now copy the files from the AORUS Gen4 to the analyzed drive, consisting of a practical writing test, since the data is being written to the drive.


As we have highlighted a lot, fortunately SSDs are getting cheaper – and not just traditional models. In addition to them, those who have also benefited from the popularization of SSDs are portable solutions, much more expensive and limited a short time ago, but which in recent months are (They were, since the pandemic has complicated everything) much more attractive with the series of models hitting the market.

As we saw in the tests, SAVAGE EXO is a good SSD, but it has performance equal or less in most tests when compared to the also portable Sandisk Extreme Portable. For this type of product, one of the tests that I think is the most important is that of copying files, both outside and inside the SSD (read and write). In this situation, SAVAGE EXO I don't know came out very well in writing, even below what it promises (we redid the tests more than once), but better than any external HD as expected.

A good portable SSD, but also one of the most expensive

His body is slightly larger than the Sandisk model, an important factor in notebooks. In addition, it still does not have fall protection and IP55 certification – all features that Extreme Portable has.

One detail that HyperX Savage EXO has Status LED – It is not something that changes a lot, but it always helps to know if the SSD is connected, if it is being used in a copy, or if it is in an idle state. Another important test was that the HyperX model heats up much less that the Sandisk model, probably because it is slightly larger and does not have the body completely closed, is a necessary situation for Sandisk to achieve IP55 certification.

Along with the SSD, comes a USB cable type-A and another type-C, both with the other end type-C to connect to the SSD itself. Its compatibility is very good with PC, MAC, smartphones and consoles, but the market standard is not different from the others. As I mentioned in the Sandisk Extreme Portable analysis, I think that solutions like this, especially based on USB type-C, should consider some type of fixed connection on the SSD or something to make it possible to secure the cable, since, unlike a pen-drive, without the cable has no functionality.

The price before the pandemic was R $ 700 reais – but now on the HyperX website it costs R $ 1,308 in the 480GB version, too high and unjustifiable. But, in addition to the prices inflated by the pandemic, which should not go down anytime soon, it is still difficult to find a sale precisely because of the high demand for solutions of this type and also by the high dollar, the HyperX website being the only place where we found it for sale.

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