Reviews and Problems with Kingston HyperX 3K Series (SH103S3)
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28 January 2014
Excerpt: The SSD market is literally saturated with competitors, and with SSDs being one of the “must-have” items these days, it’s easier to get overwhelmed with trying to decide which make/model of SSD to go with in your system. Many people initially approach this from a pure cost standpoint, which is has been a common approach when shopping for HDD’s in the past.
Summary: It is clear from our test results that both the Seagate 600 and the Kingston HyperX 3K offer impressive performance. However, it’s also clear that the two drives have their strengths and weaknesses in different areas.
The Kingston HyperX 3K offered higher performance than the Seagate 600 throughout all of the random read tests with CrystalDiskMark. In sequential read tests, both drives performed very similarly.
Conclusion: Since the solid state drive first came to market we have seen both the capacities and performance soar to remarkable levels whilst the price has dropped considerably, making them now the drive type of choice for many users. As one of the major players in the consumer SSD market, Kingston have had to keep themselves one step ahead of the game in order to keep their positioning strong.
Pros: Affordable price point, Sought after performance, Reliable brand, Strong IOPs performance, HyperX branding
Cons: SandForce controller does result in low performance when handling incompressible data
Summary: The second generation SandForce SF-2000 series controller is coming up on its third year in production. It's a venerable yet still viable solution for low-cost solid state drives that performs well in a consumer grade environment. It has also become a pretty widely accepted industry standard, with more than three dozen partners in the SandForce Driven program.
Excerpt: When most people think about upgrading their computer they think about the flashy and the sexy parts that they can justify quickly: a new processor, a new video card, and possibly even new RAM. The truth of the matter is that the single most impressive thing that you can do to make your computer noticeably faster for the least amount of money is install your operating system on a Solid State Drive (SSD).
Excerpt: Kingston sent a beast of a memory kit, which also happens to be called as “Beast” with a w00t 2400MHz CL11 configuration. So far, HyperX has come up wither either good or great components, no less! HyperX 5K and 3K SSDs , Memory kits- even their HyperX 64GB flash drive is brilliant!
Summary: While synthetic testing shows the HyperX 3K to be lagging a bit behind on performance compared to its older non-3K sibling, real-life performance data shows that the drive is consistently faster. This is quite surprising, since even Kingston positioned the drive on a slower performance level. Our testing with the blue non-3K model was conducted on almost the same firmware version as the HyperX 3K (5.03 vs. 5.04), so I'm not exactly sure what causes the better results.
Pros: High performance, Supports TRIM, 3 -year warranty, Nice accessories included (in the kit version), USB enclosure is of high quality
Conclusion: Let us summarise the most important positive and negative points below: I therefore give the excellent and safe buy awards to the Kingston HyperX 3K SSD. You may comment on this review below.
Pros: An outstanding package., Excellent operation as a system drive., Excellent sequential read/write speeds and access times., Very good 4K random I/O performance at low queue depths., SATA 6Gbps support., External case to ease the cloning process., TRIM support under Windows 7., Fast operating system start-up and shutdown times., 3 years warranty with 24/7 tech support., Price for what the drive offers.
Conclusion: The Kingston HyperX 3K SSD delivers impressive performance at an excellent price point. It's the fastest SATA 6Gbps SSD I've tested to date and I have no problem recommending it. The HyperX 3K is a very nice alternative to the original, more expensive HyperX with 5000 p/e cycles. Even with only 3000 p/e cycles this disk should easily last you more than 8 years, a lifecycle that well outlasts the rate at which other computer components are typically upgraded.
Excerpt: The HyperX 3K series is the enthusiast and gamers choice when it comes to Kingston. The drive is offered in four sizes ranging from 90GB to 480GB. Driven by the SATA III protocol and controlled by the ever popular SandForce SF-2281 read and write times are pretty impressive. But it's the way Kingston's technology improves the longevity of the drive and the price got us loving the drive.