Conclusion

Most users can give the HyperX Fury RGB SSD an immediate pass due to using a laptop or one of the vast majority of desktop cases that don't allow for showing off an illuminated SATA SSD. For users who are putting together a fully-illuminated build to show off, the Fury RGB's dark gray case can blend in with most surroundings and leave the drive's LEDs to add an accent to what might otherwise be a bare spot in the computer.

When it comes to actual storage duties however, the Fury RGB is not as versatile, and the LED lighting itself is responsible for most of the drive's problems. The LED lighting on the Kingston HyperX Fury RGB SSD drives up the price of this SATA SSD to NVMe levels and draws enough power to make the drive more prone to overheating than almost any M.2 NVMe SSD out there—and we tested with only one of the three color channels illuminated! Kingston's design for this drive uses probably twice as many LEDs as necessary to provide the backlit logo and narrow highlights, though a lot of light is blocked as it passes through the translucent plastic diffuser sheet and metal grating.

Kingston's inclusion of a large thermal pad between the metal case and the SSD components probably helps keep the overheating from being a catastrophic problem, but the real problem is the pile of 75 RGB LED modules on the back of the PCB. Kingston should have opted for a thicker drive case that allowed for either a better diffuser solution that blocks less light, or permitted the LEDs to be isolated and insulated from the SSD.

Since the Fury RGB uses the 12V power supply for the LEDs and the 5V supply for the SSD side of things, we are able to analyze the power efficiency of just the storage portion of the drive in isolation from the LED power draw. Even here the Fury RGB comes up short, likely due in part to increased leakage currents caused by the drive's high operating temperature.

The HyperX Fury RGB's performance on our benchmark suite is disappointing. It usually maintains a clear performance lead over entry-level DRAMless SATA SSDs, but the Fury RGB has the internals of a mainstream SATA drive and fails to perform at that level. Kingston's own entry-level NVMe SSD offers much higher performance at lower prices. The only way the HyperX Fury RGB makes sense in a high-end enthusiast build is if it is complemented by the inclusion of a faster but probably unobtrusive NVMe SSD. In a more modest build that does not need the highest performance storage, the Fury RGB does still provide a huge performance advantage over hard drives, but there are still better performing drives for the price.

SSD Price Comparison
  240-280GB 480-512GB 960GB-1TB
HyperX Fury RGB $74.99 (31¢/GB) $124.99 (26¢/GB) $219.99 (23¢/GB)
Crucial MX500 $59.99 (24¢/GB) $89.99 (18¢/GB) $159.99 (16¢/GB)
Samsung 860 EVO $57.99 (23¢/GB) $97.99 (20¢/GB) $167.99 (17¢/GB)
Team Group Delta RGB $74.99 (30¢/GB) $119.99 (24¢/GB) $209.99 (21¢/GB)
NVMe SSDs:  
Kingston A1000 $56.99 (24¢/GB) $99.99 (21¢/GB) $219.99 (23¢/GB)
ADATA XPG SX8200 $72.99 (30¢/GB) $124.99 (26¢/GB) $249.99 (26¢/GB)
HP EX920 $83.99 (33¢/GB) $139.99 (27¢/GB) $229.99 (22¢/GB)

They HyperX Fury RGB is not the only SATA RGB SSD option on the market. We will have a review of the Team Group T-Force Delta RGB SSD very soon. It's a bit cheaper than the Fury RGB and takes a very different approach to the lighting. But both are still much more expensive than good mainstream SATA SSDs that outperform the Fury RGB across the board. And at the same price level as the RGB SSDs, there are some very nice NVMe options.

Ultimately the HyperX Fury RGB seems to have been designed as a lighting solution first and an SSD second. And in that respect it would seem to be doing what Kingston set out to do. But unless you really want that lighting, as an SSD there are better options out there.

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  • Dragonstongue - Monday, September 24, 2018 - link

    what a stupid mofo drive design...have to use a 4 pin 12v power instead of just allowing the drive to use the power that it is given etc etc..

    Bravo Kingston, you get a reward for one of the dumbest moves to join the RGB disco light show craze and fail miserably at it.
    Reply
  • olafgarten - Monday, September 24, 2018 - link

    It's so stupid when they put LEDs on everything.

    My Strix GTX980 has a white Led that can't be disabled and stays on even when the computer is shut down, I had to cover it up with tape as it was disturbing my sleep!
    Reply
  • PeachNCream - Tuesday, September 25, 2018 - link

    Strix-branded products are stupid anyway. They are part of that immature gamer-in-the-basement segment of the PC market. That doesn't justify the stupid LEDs, of course. Does your PSU have a physical switch it? You could use that or turn off power at the surge suppressor to shut the LED lights off without bothering with tape. Flipping the physical switch is a good idea anyway to reduce vampire draw from active devices to marginally reduce your electrical power bill while also cutting back on the risk of losing hardware to spikes caused by thunderstorms. Reply
  • MadAd - Monday, September 24, 2018 - link

    woohoo, all i need now is some LED cables, an LED optical drive and some LED thermal paste and im all set!! Reply
  • MrSpadge - Monday, September 24, 2018 - link

    > LED optical drive

    Nope, you really want that light source to be a laser!
    Reply
  • mobutu - Monday, September 24, 2018 - link

    yuck Reply
  • ranran - Monday, September 24, 2018 - link

    So, this is like those people that buy the little Civic's or Corolla's and then pump tons of money into crazy wheels, air foils, noisy exhaust, and speaker systems that together probably cost more than the car is worth........... totally useless... Reply
  • Lolimaster - Monday, September 24, 2018 - link

    Over 22cents per GB when better SSD's from Crucial and Samsung are jumping around 16cents per GB :D Reply
  • zodiacfml - Monday, September 24, 2018 - link

    Thanks for the useful title, I don't have to read the review. I clicked on your ads though Reply
  • qlum - Tuesday, September 25, 2018 - link

    I feel for the poor guy who is inevitably going to put this in his laptop. Reply

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