No matter what platform you play on, storage is always in short supply. With the prevalence of 4K and ultra high res textures, game installs can blow out to well over 100GB. This restricts the number of games you can have installed at any given time on the limited storage of most consoles.
Adding external storage is nothing new, but typically the most affordable option has been for slow mechanical external drives that lead to long loading times.
Hyper X has addressed the need for portable storage with fast loading times by releasing the Savage EXO SSD.
HyperX Savage EXO SSD Review
The Savage EXO is sleek and tiny at only 56 grams, so it meets the criteria for portability and subtlety straight off the bat. I can’t see it looking greatly out of place, in any setup.
If it does, it’s small enough to hide very easily. The aluminium enclosure feels rugged as do the supplied cables, although they are a little short and a little stiff.
This can lead to them actually slowly dragging the smooth, feather-light SSD itself off surfaces as the cables return to their memorised shape.
Aside from its size, the big advantage of the Savage EXO is its speed. HyperX claims that loading times can be decreased by up to 20% under ideal conditions.
I tested this by loading up Battlefield V on various drives. Compared to a 7200rpm mechanical drive, loading times were noticeably shorter but not when pitted against the Samsung EVO series internal SSD of my PC.
The results are not that surprising and I think the Savage EXO is really aimed at console gamers who don’t already have access to SSD technology. Of course, not all games will get the same benefits but I think most will see some improvement.
The Savage EXO is available in two competitively priced storage size variants; 480GB and 960GB,
Either will add some much-needed space and loading speed to most consoles and can double as portable storage for laptops, phones and tablets with either USB-A or USB-C ports.
HyperX provided a Savage EXO SSD for this review.