SSD with special effects or something that was missing for modding - HyperX FURY RGB drive overview

    It was impossible not to notice that in recent years more and more devices are equipped with LED backlighting. Even 10-15 years ago, modding the PC was a time-consuming task - everything was done with the hands of the grandfather’s tools available on the balcony (in the garage, in the closet - underline). And the highlight was exactly the backlight - most often it was assembled from cold cathode fluorescent lamps. It was impossible to call them compact, because, apart from a rigid transparent case, it was necessary to place the power button and the inverter inside the system. But all this is a well-forgotten past that some users recall with warm feelings. Now, finding components with illumination is not a problem at all. Rather, finding something without backlighting is a difficult task. At first, they began to introduce the backlight into the motherboards, then the video cards, cases, power supply units, random access memory ... And even overlays on cables from power supply units to accessories! And now the solid-state drives have arrived. We’ll talk about the last component from this list today, and the HyperX novelty will be the test subject -FURY RGB SSD .

    Many users are neutral or negative about RGB backlight components - they say, a computer is a box under the table that you see only when you turn on or connect something from the periphery. In part, you can say so. But this will be relevant only for workplaces in offices and a certain number of PC owners - those who have no requirements for the appearance of the system. Modern gamers, enthusiasts and modders consider quite the opposite - now they have at their disposal not only many specialized tools for assembling systems (for example, devices for bending acrylic tubes for liquid cooling systems, special devices for dismantling all cables for their braiding, etc.) and a huge number of components for modding projects of any complexity. Shells without transparent walls are increasingly difficult to find. And every year there are more "bench" models - when absolutely all the components are in sight. RGB backlit motherboards abound. Video cards and power supplies - too. But what can I say, recently overlays on power cables with customizable RGB backlighting were also presented! But something is still missing. Not enough. Now we have SSD -FURY RGB from HyperX.

    In general, who wished - waited. Now the whole system can be made to glow as you want - the mode of operation and the color of the backlight can be configured with the help of proprietary motherboard software. Supported work with software ASUS AURA, Gigabyte RGB Fusion, MSI Mystic Light and ASRock Polychrome RGB. These technologies began to emerge with the release of Intel 100 series chipsets and AMD 970 series. With each update of the line began to appear more and more opportunities to configure RGB devices.

    Depending on the capabilities of the motherboard, two configuration options are available. The first is when the drive is defined as an additional RGB tape. So, in fact, it is, because it connects to the appropriate connector on the board - 12V + RGB. Such a connector may be one, and there may be several, it all depends on the model. The location also depends on the model of the board - basically, they are located above or below. But it is important not to confuse - there are also connectors with 5 V power supply for addressable tapes - they are not suitable for connecting this drive! But it will be difficult to confuse - manufacturers put the appropriate marking next to the counter.

    The length of the cable to synchronize the backlight is enough to hold it and behind the motherboard in the uppermost connector. In addition, the cable is made in such a way as not to take away from you the ability to connect another tape - you can connect another RGB device of a similar type to a special branch.

    Thus, the ASUS AURA settings menu looks like - the backlight of the drive can be configured independently of the backlight of the motherboard and other devices.

    If the motherboard is from a budget segment, then only the option of a general backlight setting can be available - the drive will not be defined as a separate device.

    In the case of Aorus (Gigabyte), the configuration menu looks like this. Again, the drive is seen as a separate RGB device (LED_C2 or LED_C1).

    And what will happen if you do not connect an additional cable to the corresponding connector on the motherboard? In this case, the drive will always glow red. When the cable is connected, the previously selected backlight mode will be used again.

    Well, we figured it out. Now we need to find out how it is arranged outside and inside. On the shelves of stores and to us in the hands of the drive gets packed in a small box, decorated in white and red colors. Its front side shows a drive, an RGB logo, and the memory on which it is based — 3D TLC — is mentioned.

    Features HyperX FURY the RGB the SSD :
    Interface: 2.5 "
    interface: the SATA Rev. 3.0 (6 Gb / s) - backward compatible with SATA Rev. 2.0 (3 Gb / s)
    Capacity: 240 GB, 480 GB, 960 GB
    Controller: Marvell 88SS1074
    NAND: 3D TLC
    Serial read / write
    240 GB - 960 GB - up to 550/480 MB / s
    Power consumption
    0.2 W in standby mode / 0.6 W in average / 1.2 W (maximum) reading / 2.5 W (maximum) writing
    Dimensions: 100.14 mm x 69.85 mm x 9.5 mm
    Operating temperature: 0 ° C ~ 70 ° C
    Storage temperature: -40 ° C ~ 85 ° C
    Weight: 165 g
    Withstand vibrations during operation: 2.17G at the peak (7 - 800 Hz)
    Withstand vibrations in the calm mode: 20G at the peak (10 - 2000 Hz)
    Expected duration of operation:1 million hours of time between failures
    Warranty / support: Three-year limited warranty with free technical support
    Number of write cycles (TBW with JEDEC JESD219A workload):
    240 GB - 120 TB
    480 GB - 240 TB
    960 GB - 480 TB

    Delivery set is somewhat different from the usual for solid-state drives. In the box you can find user manuals (and it will be necessary for those who have not yet encountered the connection of RGB devices to the motherboard) and a couple of leaflets with information about other HyperX products, including backlit options.

    Also in the box is a license key for Acronis True Image HD, a proprietary sticker and the very unusual accessory — a cable for connecting an SSD to the motherboard to control the backlight.

    Connect the drive with three cables - power, data and lighting.

    The body of the drive is almost completely made of metal. Only the black X-shaped insert is made of plastic.

    But the other side is completely metal. The weight of the drive, as you could see from the characteristics published above, is large enough. But this is not just the case - the body plays the role of a radiator to remove heat from internal components.

    It comes into contact with them with the help of a rather thick thermal pad:

    Is it necessary? Judge for yourself - with constant activity, the hull is almost uniformly heated to 48 degrees. The photos below were taken in a completely passive mode - that is, in the worst conditions that will not be in the system unit, because during assembly it is important to properly organize the air flow, which will cool all components, including the solid-state drive.

    The front side is also uniformly heated, which indicates good heat transfer from the internal elements to the body.

    The backlight is implemented as a set of 75 RGB LEDs.

    All major components are soldered on the other side of the board.

    The heart of the drive is the Marvell 88SS1074 controller. The buffer memory is D1216MCABXGGBS (128 MB, DDR3, 1600 MHz).

    The volume of the model in question (240 GB) is typed with four FH64B08UCT1-60 microcircuits. This is a 64-layer BiCS3 3D TLC memory from Toshiba.

    As for performance, it is enough for games and standard applications for working with multimedia. In fact, the disc works at the limit of the SATA Rev interface. 3.0

    And a couple of benchmarks, demonstrating the speed of work with blocks of different sizes and with different parameters of the queue depth and flows.

    What is the result?
    HyperX FURY RGB- the drive, created for gamers, modders and enthusiasts, to whom the appearance of their system is not in last place, but rather even at the head. However, to become a modder today, you need only direct hands, desire and useful materials that will tell you something new and useful. And everything else can be found in stores - there is a lot of good for modding now and it is practically not difficult to find suitable components. Returning to the SSD ... What is most interesting, the reviewed drive can offer not only a beautiful wrapper, but also a delicious candy inside - for games and a set of familiar software it will be missed without any questions. Want to be more productive - these are just NVMe solutions, which will cost more and will not be installed as a decorative element in the case.

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