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Published on October 13th, 2013 | by admin

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Kingston HyperX 3K SSD 120GB Review

Kingston HyperX 3K SSD 120GB Review admin
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Performance
Value

Summary: The Kingston HyperX 3K SSD wasn't the fast SSD that we have tested but given the cost and the size, it definitely should be taken into consideration when choosing a drive. It should also be noted that the technology used to create this drive does include a cheaper manufacturing process which does mean its overall life will be shorter than some other drives but given the length of time you keep a PC for these days, it's relatively a moot point.

3.3

Almost fast


Company: Kingston
Product: Kingston HyperX 3K SSD
Reviewer: Peter Bourke
Review Date: Oct 2013

As SSD’s have become the new computing standard, the increase of these drives have increased considerably across the globe and Kingston have added the HyperX 3K SSD to the line-up which is one of the faster units available. SSD means solid-state drive or disk that is based on the technology used on memory cards that as a result is faster, smaller and cheaper to run.

Kingston have also changed the production of this drive that as a result makes it cheaper for the end user. However the drawback is that the longevity of the drive may be smaller and the performance has taken a slight hit as well. The drive also boasts read speeds of 555MB/s and write speeds of 510MB/s, however we were unable to mirror these speeds as mentioned by Kingston.

 

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Kingston HyperX 3K Specifications
Form
Factor
2.5″
Controller SandForce®
SF-2281
Components MLC
NAND (3k P/E Cycles)
Interface SATA Rev
3.0 (6Gb/s),
SATA Rev 2.0 (3Gb/s)
Capacities 90GB,
120GB
, 240GB, 480GB
Sequential
reads
SATA Rev.
3.090GB / 120GB / 240GB – 555MB/s

480GB – 540MB/s

Sequential
writes
SATA Rev.
3.090GB / 120GB / 240GB – 510MB/s

480GB – 450MB/s

Sustained
Random 4K R/W
90GB –
20,000/50,000 IOPS120GB – 20,000/60,000 IOPS

240GB – 40,000/57,000 IOPS

480GB – 60,000/45,000 IOPS

Max Random
4K R/W
90GB –
85,000/74,000 IOPS120GB – 85,000/73,000 IOPS

240GB – 86,000/60,000 IOPS

480GB – 75,000/48,000 IOPS

Power
Consumption
Idle –
0.455 W (TYP)Read – 1.58 W (TYP)

Write – 2.11 W (TYP)

Dimensions 69.85mm x
100mm x 9.5mm
Weight 97g
Operating
temperatures
0°C ~ 70°C
Storage temperatures -40°C ~ 85°C
Shock Resistance 1500G
Vibration Operating – 20GNon-operating – 2.17G
MTBF 1,000,000 Hrs
Total Bytes Written (TBW) 90GB: 57.6TB120GB: 76.8TB

240GB: 153.6TB

480GB: 307.2TB

The review unit we received from Kingston contains everything you need to connect this to your PC, including a 3.5″ internal drive adapter. Once installed in our PC which took under 5 minutes we were ready to test the unit with a fresh installation of Windows taking around 25 seconds to successfully boot.

We tested two benchmarking tools on the SSD unit which included HD Tune and Crystal Benchmark with the results below;

  • HD Tune Sequential Read/Write (261.2/194.2
  • Crystal DiskMark Read/Write (459.3/183.2)

Although the scores are nothing to scoff at, we could not get faster speeds as indicated by Kingston. However through our real-world tests such as booting up windows, Adobe Photoshop or loading large excels files, the drive did perform slightly better than average for an SSD unit.

Final Thoughts?

The Kingston HyperX 3K SSD wasn’t the fast SSD that we have tested but given the cost and the size, it definitely should be taken into consideration when choosing a drive. It should also be noted that the technology used to create this drive does include a cheaper manufacturing process which does mean its overall life will be shorter than some other drives but given the length of time you keep a PC for these days, it’s relatively a moot point.

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