Kingston’s limited edition HyperX Na’Vi SSD series is essentially just a style rehash, as the drive maintained almost similar results to the 3K HyperX SSD, as both drives use the same controller and components. The popular LSI SandForce SF-2281 controller is two-years old now but still, it offers good performance across a range of different platforms, despite its limitations when it comes to less compressible data.
We confirmed the drive's maximum indicated sequential read speed of 555 MB/s and a maximum write speed of 510 MB/s, at least with compressible data. With incompressible data, you should expect around 450 MB/s for seq read and 240 MB/s for seq write.
The drive also was also pretty fast in the 4K incompressible random read tests, and especially in 4K incompressible random write tests with multi-threaded requests.
The IOMeter benchmark result was very close to what we had got with the 3K HyperX SSD, but the HyperX Na’Vi SSD scored higher in the PCMArk 7 benchmark.
Hardware manufacturers regularly use the names and even expertise of gaming heroes to give their products a unique look or special features. We are not sure whether this always works, as the performance and quality of the products matters much more than a name on a box. Kingston’s limited edition HyperX Na’Vi SSD series is not bad at all, but it fails to bring something new to the crowded SSD market.
The 120GB drive retails online for about £70~80 and it is backed by a 3-year warranty.