Reviews and Problems with Kingston HyperX 3K Series (SH103S3)
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Great upgrade from hd
2 weeks ago
Summary: Great upgrade from hd. Got it to replace a hd on an older computer running windows 7. Excellent startup time and great price for 128gb. Easy to install and clone the old disk, feels like I've got a new computer.
Summary: The SSD when I got it was a hit an miss kind of deal with random failures which supposedly have been reduced now, but so far this SSD has been performing approximately the same and hasn't died on me yet, though I only use it for my OS and accidentally installing games every so often on it.
Pros: It hasn't died yet
Cons: Took about 2 hours to put into its harddrive bay
Summary: I have had this drive for 14 months, and I have experienced minimal slowing. Here are some CrystalDiskMark benchmarks from a 1 month old W7 install and now (13 months later). 11/2013 read, write MB/s (39% 44/112GB used): - seq: 310.0, 174.7 - 512K: 299.3, 169.2 - 4K: 25.10, 75.86 - 4k (QD32): 25.95, 109.9 12/2014 read, write; %changes (58% 64/112GB used): - seq: 294.0, 183.1 (-5.2%, +4.8%) - 512K: 275.9, 183.1 (-7.8%, +8.2%) - 4K: 20.16, 70.73 (-19.7%, -6.8%) - 4K...
Pros: Windows boots in 6 seconds after bios flash. Seq and random reads/writes are pretty fast. Competitively priced for high performance part. 3K P/E cycles: estimated 290TB TBW (total bytes written over product lifespan) vs 64TB TBW of the 120GB V300. (Estimates provided by Kingston's website.) 120GB vs 128GB: 8GB of NAND cells are reserved for improving write performance (across individual NAND chips) and maintenance. 128GB SSDs typically have only a few left-over bytes ...
Cons: Purely from specifications: MLC (multi-layer cell) -- typically considered slower read/erase performance than SLC and fewer P/E cycles.
Summary: This drive has lived for almost two years (bought 11/23/12 and died 11/21/14) and died being under warranty and nearly causing a fire inside my computer: the area around power connector essentially melted. I was lucky to be home when this happened. There was a lot of smoke. I was going to replace it with Samsung sdd for a few months but always postponed this, and now I have to re-install Windows and all applications. Fortunately, the data were stored on HDDs.
Pros: reasonably fast
Cons: unreliable, often refusing to boot Win 7 ultimate 64 bit