Any element of a PC gets better with RGB backlighting. This simple and inexpensive way to define a device in the “gaming” category has been well mastered by component and peripheral manufacturers. Multi-colored lights appeared on motherboards, video cards, memory modules, keyboards, mice, headsets, and even gaming surfaces. Recently, under the HyperX Fury RGB brand, original solid-state drives with controlled LEDs are being offered, because SSDs can now also participate in creating a vivid image of a powerful gaming system. What they are still suitable for, we will look at testing the 480 GB model.
HyperX Fury RGB line
The new series of drives includes three models of the most popular volumes – 240 GB, 480 GB and 960 GB. For the HyperX Fury RGB, the already proven 2-core Marvell 88SS1074 controller is used, as well as 64-layer 3D NAND TLC memory from Toshiba (BiCS3). For SSD, the maximum read speed is 550 MB / s, and the write speed is 480 MB / s. Taking into account the platform used, it can be assumed that, in terms of performance, drives of this series can most likely count in place among middle-class models with SATA interfaces.
HyperX Fury RGB drives have received rather high values of guaranteed write volumes. Multi-layer flash memory has significantly increased the resource, which is especially useful for chips with a three-bit TLC cell structure. Actual values depend on SSD volume. For the 240 GB model, the TBW is 120 TB, for 480 GB it is 240 TB and for the 960 GB version, the total recording capacity is 480 TB. The manufacturer’s warranty period is 3 years.
HyperX Fury RGB has dimensions of 100.14 × 69.85 × 9.5 mm. Pay particular attention to the thickness of the device. 9.5 mm was a classic for the first mass SSDs, but now the vast majority of SATA drives are 7mm wide, which is why models of once-standard sizes now look weird. It would also be possible to warn about possible incompatibility with landing baskets in relatively thin laptops, but HyperX Fury RGB is in principle not provided for mobile systems, and for desktops a couple of millimeters are not essential.
But what surprised the drives of the new ruler so it weighs 165 g. It is 3–4 times more than the standard 2.5 ”models. For example, the claimed mass of the “weightless” Kingston A400 drive in a metal case is 41.
As it is easy to guess from the name, the main feature of the HyperX Fury RGB drives is the additional controlled backlight. On the SSD printed circuit board there are 75 RGB light elements. With how it all works, we will understand already in the course of practical tests.
HyperX Fury RGB 480 GB (SHFR200 / 480G)
We received a 480 GB model for review. The drive comes in a bright cardboard box with a large image of HyperX Fury RGB.
The kit includes the drive itself in an additional damping blister, a special adapter cable to connect to the motherboard, as well as a coupon to download Acronis True Image HD utility and a logo sticker HyperX.
It is worth noting here that HyperX Fury RGB is also available in versions with a drive upgrade kit. In this version, the SSD comes with an external USB-pocket for 2.5-inch devices, a bracket for mounting the drive in the 3.5 ”compartment, a set of necessary cables and a screwdriver. Modifications are minimally distinguished by the additional index “B” in the model name: SHFR200 / 480G – regular version, SHFR200B / 480G – 480 GB drive with a set for upgrading.
By taking the drive in hand, you immediately notice unusual weight for devices of this class. At 165 grams, a smartphone with a screen diagonal of 5.5–5.7 can easily hang, and here in a more compact format, the SSD weight is even stronger. The top panel has a non-trivial textured design. In the central area there is a large black inset in the form of "X" on which the HyperX logo is carved. Above the decorative sign and under it in the panel are punched the slits through which one can see a finely meshed grid. In this case, it is easy to estimate the thickness of the used body panels. It is much larger than most SSDs of this format. This is the answer to the question about the increased mass of the device.
On the reverse side there is a sticker with technical information and reference to the assembly of the drive in Taiwan. Screws are used to fix the housing parts, one of which is sealed with a protective sticker. It is obvious that the manufacturer does not welcome disassembly of the device, removing the warranty obligations in violation of the integrity of the sticker. The usual practice.
At one of the ends there is a standard SATA connector for connecting power and interface cables. Nearby there is also a Micro-USB format connector to which, if necessary, a complete adapter is connected.
Additional interior lighting is an original feature of HyperX Fury RGB drives, therefore, with illumination, we will begin the practical part of the review.
The RGB-LEDs used for illumination can operate with a voltage of 5 V, therefore, in the standard version, the power supply of the power cable connected to the SATA devices is sufficient to power the elements. from the inside in red, while the owner does not have the ability to change the backlight settings, adjust the color palette or deactivate the LEDs.
For control, you need to connect the drive to the motherboard connector for RGB tapes with supply voltage of 12 V. After that, you can adjust the backlight depending on the capabilities of the controller and the motherboard software. Declared support for technology management and backlight synchronization from all key manufacturers (ASUS, GIGABYTE, MSI, ASRock).
Connectors for RGB tapes are now on most models, even the average level, and certainly these will be on the board of the user who chooses HyperX Fury RGB systems.
When the drive is connected, it does not occupy the available connector. An additional output cable is provided on the adapter cable, allowing parallel connection of a regular RGB tape.
After connecting to the motherboard, the possibilities of setting up the RGB backlight, which are limited only by the ability of the controller used, are fully opened up. Modes, color, saturation, brightness, and other parameters are adjusted in the same way as when using a regular RGB tape with 5050 elements. It is also possible to turn off the HyperX Fury RGB backlight. But this is more of an option, otherwise it would be strange to buy a backlit drive so as not to use this still very rare feature of the device.
Backlit was sorted out, it was time to evaluate the performance of HyperX Fury RGB using a familiar set test utilities.
ATTO Disk Benchmark assures us that the maximum read speed can be adjusted to 560 MB / s, and the record can surely exceed 500 MB / s when working with blocks of more than 128 KB. 
Crystal Disk Mark records good impressions Tellers with a deep queue of requests and non-record values on operations with 4K blocks, especially with regard to recording.
The AS SSD utility as a whole repeats the results obtained, somewhat lowering the bar of linear transfers. Dealing with random 4K queries is average. If you present the data in the format of the number of I / O operations, it is clear that when the request queue is increased to QD64, the controller can provide about 80,000 IOPS. Top SATA-models are able to issue at the peak of the order of 100,000 IOPS. That is, in the case of HyperX Fury RGB, we have decent, but not maximum performance.
The degree of compression of the transmitted data does not affect the results of reading / writing data.
In the test Anvil's Storage Drive is gaining about 4600 points. The linear read / write speeds almost confirm the stated values, and the maximum number of IOPS does not exceed 80,000. The performance of 4K is slightly lower than that of the top SSDs.
During a comprehensive test of the drive capabilities in PCMark 08, The 480 GB HyperX Fury RGB model showed a total bandwidth of 263 MB / s. Again, an indicator typical of SATA mid-level models.
In idle mode, the drive temperature was about 40 ° C and under load it increased to 45–47 ° C.
When an additional 12 V power line is connected, the LEDs increase the brightness , but the power consumption and heating of the elements also increase.
In this case, the lower threshold rises to 45 ° C, and after a long data recording session the controller warms up to 52 degrees. It's not about overheating, although this is slightly higher than typical values for SATA devices. The presence of 75 RGB-LEDs could not affect the heating of the device, but the manufacturer tried to compensate for the effect of additional heat sources with a massive case acting as a passive radiator.
If we talk about power consumption, the manufacturer claims a peak of 2.5 W recording time, without specifying whether additional illumination is taken into account here. Rather, the RGB LEDs will add a couple more watts. This would affect the autonomy of mobile systems, but for desktops such values - measurement error.
HyperX Fury RGB already appeared on sale in Ukraine. The 480 GB model stands at the start of 4100 UAH (~ $ 145).
Under current conditions, this price initially defines new SSDs as an exclusive device for aesthetes and connoisseurs who are willing to pay extra for outlandish models with controlled RGB-backlit. If the colored lights do not warm the soul, there are enough more affordable models on the market with similar performance.