Reviews and Problems with Kingston HyperX 3K Series (SH103S3)
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Kingston HyperX 3K 240GB SSD
OverClock Intelligence Agency
14 September 2013
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). While the price range for the size of the drive might shock some...
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: 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.
Summary: Our Crucial M4 64GB review illustrated the possible performance implications of choosing a smaller solid-state drive. Thankfully the Kingston HyperX 3K 120GB doesn't suffer greatly in this regard — it lags behind the 240GB version but not by a whole lot; the larger model had just a 4% advantage in our real world tests. Its performance is almost indistinguishable from the ADATA SX910 128GB and Intel 520 Series 120GB .
Excerpt: When Kingston developed their solid state drive strategy they realized enthusiasts and power users weren't going to accept reduced performance when working with incompressible data. The HyperX product series has been around for a very long time and when consumers see HyperX branding they know premium components and class leading performance is just part of the package. Kingston still wanted to attack the enthusiast SSD market with a two prong approach.
Summary: On paper, the Samsung 830 Series 128GB doesn't appear to match up with the latest SandForce-based SSDs but in the absence of easily compressible data, the 830 is actually faster overall. It took first place in our real-world test suite, edging out the HyperX 3K 240GB by 3% and the Corsair Force GS 240GB by 6%. Furthermore, the 830's slim 7 mm thick form factor along with its superb energy efficiency combine to make it the perfect ultrabook/laptop upgrade drive.
Conclusion: In the introduction of this review, we have set out to find out whether or not the Kingston HyperX 3K 240GB still worthy of its name. At this point, I have realized how stupid this question was, because I don't think it was even the right thing to ask in the first place. The Kingston HyperX 3K 240GB is simply one of the fastest solid state drives we have ever tested here at APH Networks, and I was definitely not expecting this.
Summary: I for one really like what I saw in the Kingston HyperX 3K drive. The performance that we saw over the past week or so with the fact should that it is one of the fastest we have tested. Is that stating a lot? Maybe not as it was just marginally faster and that was only in a few benchmarks but like it is with car racing every second counts.