Kingston Technology, known for their memory products, have developed a range of items in collaboration with the world’s multiple champion eSports club Natus Vincere. Known as Na’Vi Edition, these sport a yellow and black colour scheme.
First up, is the Na’Vi Edition of Kingston’s HyperX 3K SSD. I already have the standard model in my desktop so it would be interesting to see if they’ve simply re-branded it. In a nutshell – no.
Packaging wise, I’m disappointed. Just a clear plastic case (and one of those nasty ones that you have to take a pair of scissors to) and a small instruction leaflet. There are no mounting screws, adapter or cable. Missing mounting screws probably won’t be an issue as most desktop cases will have screwless designs – otherwise you’re likely to be swapping drives so will have the existing screws to use. I can understand the missing cable too as it depends where you’re putting the drive as to whether you need one or not (for example, a swapout in laptop) and what length is required too.
The leaflet, though, is a generic one and refers to the missing adapter (this converts the 2.5″ size to 3.5″). Bearing in mind the non-Na’Vi Edition comes in a foam-packed box with the adapter this is disappointing. The instructions too aren’t very useful generally, though.
But, connecting the SSD via SATA III and benchmarking it, it really does fly.
My existing HyperX recorded a sequential read speed of 446 Mb/s and a 147 Mb/s write speed. The Na’Vi Edition, in comparison, recorded 522 Mb/s and 268 Mb/s write – a vast improvement, particularly with the writing. Small 4K files read at 24 Mb/s on the HyperX and were written at 127 Mb/s. With the Na’Vi it read at 49 Mb/s and wrote at 84 Mb/s – an odd slow down in writing in comparison. Other than this “blip” the benchmarks showed improvements across the board.
There are two versions of the Na’Vi Edition – 120GB and 240GB. I tested the latter and generally large capacity SSDs often show better benchmarks, so this may some bearing on this.
Price-wise, the 120GB can be found for around £90 and the 240GB for £160. This compares well against the existing Kingston SSDs – maybe even a little cheaper.
Is an SSD worth it? Yes. If you can only afford the 120GB, use this for your OS and program installs and use a mechanical HDD for everything else. You will really notice a difference.
At a similar price to the standard Kingston SSD I wasn’t initially sure if this is worth buying over that. The benchmarks are excellent though, and on the face of it, appear better for the Na’Vi.
If you’re not bothered about a 2.5″ to 3.5″ converter and want to get the very fastest SSD you can afford then the Kingston Na’Vi Edition is really worth a try, even if you don’t like your drives to be bright yellow.
However, I’d recommend you make sure you know what you’re doing with it first – the instructions won’t really help.