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.
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.
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.
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.
Summary: Does a good job with higher frequency rather than lower frequency with tight timings, though it gives a minor bump when switched to C11. The heatspreaders may be an obstacle with certain CPU coolers.
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.
Pros: High performance, Supports TRIM, 3 -year warranty, Nice accessories included (in the kit version), USB enclosure is of high quality
Conclusion: TRIM Performance: While SSDs offer many benefits, there are some downsides to using flash memory. One of the biggest issues people run into is performance degradation. Over time, an SSD will run out of fresh blocks and will have to write over data the file system has marked as deleted.
Pros: Available in 90GB, 120GB, 240GB and 480GB capacities, SandForce SF-2281 processor with DuraClass, DuraWrite and RAISE technologies, Excellent sequential read and write speeds, SATA 6Gb/s interface, Synchronous 3000 P/E cycle NAND flash, Supports SMART, TRIM and Garbage Collection, Available as st...
Cons: Not as fast when writing incompressible data
Conclusion: With Kingston's latest performance is, thankfully, unharmed. The HyperX 3K performs just as well as the 5K rated HyperX drive: Kingston's SF-2281 implementation has always been extremely fast and the HyperX 3K is no exception. You are looking at one of the fastest drives we've ever tested.
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.