Idle Power Measurement

SATA SSDs are tested with SATA link power management disabled to measure their active idle power draw, and with it enabled for the deeper idle power consumption score and the idle wake-up latency test. Our testbed, like any ordinary desktop system, cannot trigger the deepest DevSleep idle state.

Active Idle Power Consumption (No LPM)Idle Power Consumption

With the LEDs defaulting to red and drawing about 2.3 W on their own, the Kingston HyperX Fury RGB can't come close to matching an ordinary SATA SSD's idle power. But even excluding power on the 12V rail that is used just for the lighting, the Fury RGB has a pretty high active idle power draw and more than twice the slumber state power draw of typical SATA SSDs.

Idle Wake-Up Latency

The Fury RGB has a fairly quick wake-up latency, but not as quick is typical for drives with broken power management. If the Fury RGB didn't have the lighting and as a result had lower operating temperatures and better idle power, then it might come across as having fairly decent power management that could be used quite aggressively thanks to the quick wake-up time.

Mixed Read/Write Performance Conclusion
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  • PeachNCream - Monday, September 24, 2018 - link

    Form over function. All show and no go. - Those are the first things that pop into my mind after seeing the bottom drawer performance and high power consumption. We now have reached the point where there's a component that burns more electrical energy feeding pointless LEDs than it does actually fulfilling its duties as a component in a computer. Here's to enthusiasts and gamers! Good going people. You've really made the world a better place by making LEDs on everything marketable. Reply
  • rrinker - Monday, September 24, 2018 - link

    Most make me an old fogey, but I totally agree. I'm not sure why any gamer or enthusiast would even buy this thing, do the flashing lights actually make up for the reduced performance - considering it's supposedly 'performance' these people are after. Perhaps this may be the jump the shark moment for RGB on everything - it's now gone so far that is actually affects the performance of the peripheral the lights are supposed to be 'enhancing'. Reply
  • melgross - Monday, September 24, 2018 - link

    No, lighting is very important to a segment of that market. Lit DRAM, feet, strings of LEDs and neon inside, and out. Replacing the cover with a clear plastic one(violating the FCC protocols), is very important to them.

    Stupid cases such as the ones from Alienware, and others, show what these in the gaming community want. Not all of them are like that, but a big enough percentage are, and it’s a VERY big market. They get over 100,000 people to some of the ComicCons around the country.
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  • rrinker - Monday, September 24, 2018 - link

    The difference being, this one actually reduces performance. At least with most anything else up til now, it was just added cost and some increased power consumption, but the LEDs on the RAM don;t make the actual chips hotter, or the LEDs controllers on the mobo don't make the VR modules or chipset run hotter and throttle. I could probably run a lot of LEDs and still use less power than my system was when it had a GTX480, which I replaced with a GTX970. But that's just power draw, even if my system wasn't half buried in a stand under my printer next to my desk, gaudy case lighting wouldn't cause my CPU or GPU to throttle. This thing - this is just all-around fail. I guess this does not apply to the serious performance nut - the ones who swear they can tell the difference between 1MHz differences in clock speeds to the CPU or RAM, because they probably wouldn't be running SATA SSDs anyway, but this is just beyond insane, reducing performance and increasing cost for the sake of a bunch of flashing lights. I have a bridge to sell the people that go for this, too. Oh wait, I better add lots of LED lights to it first. Reply
  • melgross - Monday, September 24, 2018 - link

    RAM runs hot as it is. Adding LEDs doesn’t help. Does it damage performance? I don’t know. Reply
  • qlum - Tuesday, September 25, 2018 - link

    DDR4 doesn't run that hot and adding leds on the edge of the memory sticks doesn't impact the temperature of the ram much. Heat from the top of the sticks is pretty easy to dissipate. Besides that this sdd uses way too much leds and blocks most of their light. Reply
  • dromoxen - Tuesday, September 25, 2018 - link

    The telling point is that you can use this without the data storage functionality (and excess cables) getting in the way of its true purpose, which is to light the way to the Promised Land Reply
  • TitanX - Tuesday, September 25, 2018 - link

    indeed..i want not a single light on my PC except for the HDD activity and power indicator. no glass..no view panels..just an inconspicuous black box. Reply
  • MrSpadge - Monday, September 24, 2018 - link

    At least the naming is adequate: it makes you hyper furious while waiting for your data and wondering about your electricity bill! Reply
  • TitanX - Tuesday, September 25, 2018 - link

    dude..its 2 watts...dont think that makes more than a nickel a year on the ole bill.. Reply

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