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Kingston-480gb-hyperx-3k.33768380
9.4 out of 10

Kingston HyperX 3K Series (SH103S3)

Great Deal: $158.99

Reviews and Problems with Kingston HyperX 3K Series (SH103S3)

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Overall 6
6.0

Excellent product but hard to install in a tower.

Andrew Rubin, Amazon
12 May 2014
  • Summary: I bought this and did not know it was a little harder to install in a hotswap bay of a tower. it works very well, just wish the seller had more information about it.
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Overall 6
6.0

Great Drive, but Skip the Upgrade Kit

X_HOBBES, Amazon
27 February 2014
  • Summary: The drive itself is great. However, the upgrade kit is worthless. PROS: - Fast SSD drive CONS: - While software does indeed setup the OS on the new drive and copy all files over, Windows will still point to the old drive for the executables if you make it the slave drive (at least for me it did). Deleting the Program Files and Windows folders on the old drive after upgrading caused many of my programs to stop working, requiring reinstallation.
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Overall 6
6.0
Value for money 6
6.0
Ease of use 10
10
Performance 10
10
Ease of setup 10
10

Great drive for the cost

mattb70373, Bestbuy
2 January 2014
  • Summary: I installed this in a older dell optiplex 360 desktop to breath new life into it., and yes it sure did speed it up.
  • Pros: Easy to install
  • Cons: very brittle plastic
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Overall 6
6.0

User Review

Graham_G, NCIX.com
28 November 2013
  • Summary: Major upgrade from my old HHD for speed, of course, and no issues with the new one after the lemon died on me. It goes on sale frequently so always wait for a sale!
  • Pros: Fast, looks nice, on sale frequently
  • Cons: First one died
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Overall 5
4.6
Value for money 4
4.0
Features 6
6.0
Performance 6
6.0
Overall quality 2
2.0

Cheaply made

poongho,, TigerDirect.com
27 November 2013
  • Summary: I was very excited to use the drive but I never even had the chance to really test its performance because the plastic L-shape part surrounding the SATA connector broke off after pulling out the cable ONCE. I've worked with computers before and am always careful plugging cables in and out- this is definitely one of the more poorly made components I've worked with.
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Overall 6
6.0

Cautionary Tale

Douglas B., Newegg
15 October 2013
  • Summary: Bought two at the same time (from Newegg), installed and used them in a well designed system, and one died after coming up from a hibernation mode restart. No SMART messages, no warnings, nothing. On a regular disk, you might be able to recover your data (expensive), but on this, I don't even know if that's even an option.
  • Pros: Fast, very fast.
  • Cons: One died after 9 months (just recently). Now I have to wonder how much life my other one has left.
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Overall 5
4.6
Value for money 6
6.0
Features 4
4.0
Performance 2
2.0
Overall quality 6
6.0

Dont Do it

,, TigerDirect.com
19 September 2013
  • Summary: A lot of good ratings, but I do not agree. This drive is flaky and comes with nothing, no connectors,no software and no manual, no help online for set-up, trim and alignment and no transfer software. Mysterious issues upon occasion. Lost 6 days of work for no known reason.
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Overall 6
6.0

couldn't reinstall windows(solved)

Robert J., Newegg
19 September 2013
  • Summary: I didn't notice any difference in performance while installing windows on ahci mode in bios compare to raid 0. Because of the trimm fonction that we loose in raid 0.That might be the reason..I suppose. I'll wait for black fryday to buy another one to make sure I don't loose another $200+. I give three eggs because of the ssd life way too short. If it wasn't of this problem, I would give 5 eggs for sure.
  • Pros: I just posted(a few days ago) about my raid faillure with 2 ssds. One is dead after only 10 months and I finally solved the problem of reinstalling windows on the second ssd. Just needed a driver for ahci from Intel and install while installing windows .
  • Cons: I've yet to call Kingston about the dead ssd but i don't expect much after 10 months. At least the remaining one is still working good..but to spend over $200 for a 10 monthsof use that's way too expensive.
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Overall 6
6.0

Clone didn't work

Kathryn H., Newegg
27 August 2013
  • Pros: It's fast
  • Cons: Clone software would not work, even attempted to put My HP Envy Touchsmart UEFI into compatibility mode and still wouldn't see the internal HDD. I've tried to find an update on the Kingston website, but found nothing.
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Overall 6
6.0

Failed

Anonymous, Newegg
15 May 2013
  • Summary: I'm not going to say "don't buy this drive" since random failures do happen. However, what I will say is BACKUP your data! It's also not a bad idea to keep full images of your OS SSD backed up on a spinner in case the SSD fails.
  • Pros: Very fast and good capacity. When needed, Kingston provides a fast and friendly RMA process.
  • Cons: Drive was unrecognizable in BIOS after hardware failure BSOD. All other drives in system still running fine. This failure occurred after six months of running as an OS drive.
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