Kingston DataTraveler Elite G2 and HyperX Savage USB Flash Drives Capsule Review
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Thumb drives are the most commonly used flash-based storage devices, thanks to their compact form factor and affordability. In our series of direct-attached storage reviews, we have taken a look at drives that use flash controllers that bridge USB directly to the flash as well as those that use USB - SATA bridges. Compact thumb drives usually use a native controller (i.e, directly translating the flash interface to USB without an intermediate SATA link). Today, we will be looking at two Kingston thumb drives that fall into this category - the Kingston DataTraveler Elite G2 and the Kingston HyperX Savage 128GB USB flash drives.
The Kingston DataTraveler Elite G2 is a compact thumb drive (60mm x 19mm x 11mm) with a metal case. It is shock- and water-resistant. The transparent cap is removable, and the drive uses a USB 3.1 Gen 1 Type-A male interface. The HyperX Savage, on the other hand, targets the gamers with its unique industrial design. It also has a removable non-transparent cap and a USB 3.1 Gen 1 Type-A male interface. However, it is slightly bulkier (76mm x 23mm x 12mm). While the HyperX Savage is available in capacities up to 512GB, the DataTraveler Elite G2 tops out at 128GB.
Instead of disassembling the thumb drive to get the internal details, we took a look at the ChipGenius report for the two drives (reproduced below). The DataTraveler Elite G2 uses the Phison PS2307 controller (FW v05.04.10) with Toshiba MLC flash. The HyperX Savage also uses Toshiba MLC flash, but, with the Phison PS2308 (FW v05.07.10) controller. The main difference is that the HyperX Savage is a dual-channel design, while
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