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9.2 out of 10

Kingston HyperX 3K Series (SH103S3)

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

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Overall 6
6.0

Fantastic while it worked

Andrian C., Newegg
28 August 2014
  • Summary: Will reformat drive and use for media over my network when I receive the replacement, but can't trust again for an OS. Going with a higher end drive instead.
  • Pros: Installed Windows 8.1 in 5 minutes, very quick boot up time, and the rest of SSD benefits. Should still be able to replace the defective hard drive, which is still a "pro".
  • Cons: OS no longer operational after about 9 months. Have the option of reinstalling the OS, but not going to take the chance. Bought it when it was more expensive.
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Overall 6
6.0

User Review

Anonymous, Newegg
18 August 2014
  • Pros: Fast and cheaper than most SSDs. 3 year warranty
  • Cons: Cheap plastic sata connection
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Overall 6
6.0

Follow Up

Jon J., Newegg
13 August 2014
  • Summary: I wanted to follow up on my last negative review as I did not expect to ever get them replaced so easily. 3 eggs do to the fact that it failed prematurely and I lost a large amount of data and work.
  • Pros: Kingston did a full RMA on all of my 6 SSDs that I had in Raid-0 with no problems or questions asked. They were very fast and helpful and understanding of the failure problem. Great warranty department.
  • Cons: $ Cost Ratio.
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Overall 6
6.0

It Died ...

Lawrence W., Newegg
25 July 2014
  • Summary: I have a crucial C300 for 4 years now and its still working fine .. If you are going to warranty an Item for 3 Years they should make sure it would last ...
  • Pros: Great fast speeds.. Great easy RMA ..
  • Cons: Died after 2 years so much for s.m.a.r.t. technology feature there was no warnings about the ssd dieing .. I lost everything I had on it .. YOU MUST PAY FOR RETURN SHIPPING ON RMA ... I dont like that ..
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Overall 6
6.0

Died this morning after 8 months use

Scott M., Newegg
19 July 2014
  • Summary: This is still under warranty with Kingston so I am going to hopefully have another one in a few weeks after I do the RMA process. Not exactly thrilled with this prospect but I'll make do with a 5 year old backup platter drive for the time being. I'm not sure I will buy Kingston again, at this point I would look at ATDATA first. Will report back on the RMA process from Kingston.
  • Pros: Cheap, very fast. While it worked it was great.
  • Cons: Computer would not post this morning. Drive not showing up in the BIOS. Swapped this drive with another one that showed up immediately, also would not detect in a USB encolsure... I have an ADATA solid state drive that has been going strong for almost 2 years now in my gaming rig, I may stick with them from now on.
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Overall 6
6.0

Okay for a while, then dead

Ernest A., Newegg
4 July 2014
  • Summary: With how cheap it was, I can't be too disappointed. However, always remember, you get what you pay for.
  • Pros: Price per Gigabyte and the gadgets that come with it.
  • Cons: Since day one, this drive was glitchy. It was fast, but Windows 7 and Windows 8 would freeze up or blue screen every so often, probably at least once per night. After nine months, it was no longer recognizable in any computer I tested with. Switched to an Intel SSD and haven't had a single issue. I'm currently in the RMA process with Kingston so I'm curious how this will turn out. I'm not certain that I would buy from them again.
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Overall 6
6.0

User Review

Victor M., Newegg
4 July 2014
  • Summary: Also this uses MLC...why would a value 120GB drive use MLC flash and not SLC. things are just less responsive i find. ... I did not know about that I just saw it for $70 and got it. I did have higher hopes for this SSD...not too high but even in reviews it is compared with a Intel 520 which IMO is one of Intel's best.
  • Pros: Good price. Got on sale with the Kit. decent capacity for OS and programs.
  • Cons: Not that fast. Coming from a Entry level older 64GB Sata 6Gb/s ssd i thought there would be a noticeable difference in read/write performance as the Specs are significantly better fro the Kingston HyperX 3K. Not the case. For one Windows 8 pro loads about 1 or 2 seconds slower than the Cheaper, smaller Sandisk.
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Overall 6
6.0

No game ?

Bryan C., Newegg
2 July 2014
  • Summary: I could have bought the Samsung SSD but the free game swung my vote. Now I find I have no game.
  • Pros: Good price on a good drive.
  • Cons: No mention of the Free Watchdogs game anywhere.
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Overall 6
6.0

Worst SSD Experience

Dennis K., Newegg
20 June 2014
  • Summary: Samsung is the only SSD that comes with both migration and optimization software, the other brands I have purchased at least had links on their website to migration software (usually Acronis, but I recommend EaseUS. It is free and works better) and some have downloadable optimization software. I purchase these drives to extend the lives of PCs for charitable organizations, so I shop price.
  • Pros: It is an SSD, falls in the middle of SSDs for speed. Drive does come with a tray for mounting in a 3.5" slot. Good for rejuvenating older systems that support AHCI. Will work in standard SATA IDE mode, but you do lose some performance.
  • Cons: No software, nor any links on the website for migration software or SSD optimization software. Uninterested tech support, called to ask about where to find optimization software and was told I had to by the drive Kit. Huh!! I have purchased about 30 SSDs of various brands, Kingston is the worst if you are migrating systems.
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Overall 6
6.0

Kingston HyperX 3K SH103S3/120G 2.5" 120GB SATA III MLC SSD

Bradley P., Newegg
11 June 2014
  • Summary: I recently purchased a second Kingston HyperX 3K 120GB SSD to install in a RAID 0 configuration with my old one, and just moments ago while unplugging the wires to my drives to clear the area to install the new SSD, the plastic male SATA connector on the old Kingston HyperX 3K 120GB SSD broke off. Unreal I thought to myself...am I the only one???
  • Pros: I have owned a Kingston HyperX 3K 120GB SATA III SSD for over two years now and haven't had any issues with it. CrystalDisk Info still to this date scores the drive at 100% health, and as well all know, SSDs can only sustain limited read/write capability. I am pretty impressed with the performance of the drive in general as it comes close to the stated benchmarks using ATTO benchmarking software. Last time I checked, my SSD was reading at around 540 MBs and writing at...
  • Cons: Brittle plastic on rear of drive on power and SATA connectors. See other thoughts. Hence the three eggs...otherwise I was thinking maybe four eggs.
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