Reviews and Problems with Kingston HyperX Series (SH100S3)
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Michael B., Newegg
7 January 2014
Summary: This is a "solid" solid state drive and does what it's supposed to do. But, if the price I am seeing here is correct, that would be ridiculous. That's over $2 per GB. I hope it is just a misprint as I got mine for $99. Most SSD's are around 70 - 80 cents per gig now a days and continue to drop. DON'T BUY IT AT THIS PRICE unless you are in the market for a booty intrusion.
Pros: Average SSD. Keeps up with the rest.
Cons: PRICE!!! $349 for 120 GBs. That's got to be a misprint, right Newegg? I got mine for $99 6 months ago.
Kingston HyperX 240GB Upgrade Kit SATA 3 2.5-Inches
7 July 2012
Summary: I've had this product for 7 months now and it crashed on me. It started out as a great product, its really fast compared to my stock Apple 160 hard drive but other than that Im just sorry it failed after being bought December 2011 and died July 2012 (R.I.P).
Summary: First, Macs arbitrarily limit the speed of SSDs in Boot Camp by preventing Windows 7 from using the drive in AHCI mode. There are (unreliable) workarounds with registry hacks and modified MBR boot loaders, but what a PITA. Second, the SATA III controller in current-gen MBPs is apparently very picky. I really wish I'd known this before spending so much on this drive.
Pros: Great performance in Windows 7** (see Other Thoughts), uses synchronous NAND and has been rock solid for me.
Cons: Does not play nice with the SATA III controller in my Late 2011 MacBook Pro. Using various disk testing utilities (Black Magic and others), I was able to determine that this drive is only getting 140MB/s write and around 440MB/s read. That's not even close to advertised write speeds. Other SSD manufacturers guarantee that their drives are Mac compatible, namely Oh-Dubya-See and P*triot.
Summary: My build: ATI Radeon HD 5770 x3 crossfired 850W Corsair Professional Series PSU 1TB HDD 120GB SSD (the one that is being reviewed) Crosshair IV Formula MOBO Coolermaster AMD Enthusiast Full ATX case 8GB DDR3 1866 GSkill Sniper AMD Phenom II x6 1055t 2.6Ghz OC'd @ 4.0Ghz Coolermaster V8 CPU Heatsink
Pros: Incredible fast. My boot times went from 2 minutes to under 20 seconds. All of my misc startup programs like AV, Steam, Origin, Catalyst loaded INSTANTLY. No wait times. Also, it consumes very little power. The packaging was very nice.
Cons: I immediately began noticing a few small issues after installing Windows 7 on the drive and booting up my machine. On occasion, the machine will stop responding temporarily (for about 40 seconds) and it acts like it is loading something. It will not respond to ctrl+alt+delete. It eventually resumes. It also does this during gaming, which causes annoying crashes on occasion. This happens atleast once a day. It acts as like the machine is waiting for data from the drive...
Pros: Pretty, does benchmark well in ATTO. Decent price with the rebate.
Cons: Thumb screws to mount the drive do not match in the product I received (others have had this problem). The read/write speeds are sort of all over the place depending on how/where you benchmark. With AS SSD, my write speed only hits about 150.
Pros: Fast... Really, really, really fast. This thing sports some absurd speed. I also really like the way it looks.
Cons: I'm not sure really what to think about this yet, but I've been experiencing a lot of BSOD's. It's gotten to the point where I've been getting at least 3 a day for the past week. I've updated the firmware, but that doesn't seem to have alleviated the issue at all. I haven't isolated the problem down to the SSD specifically yet so I won't say anything for certain, but given the number of BSOD complaints regarding Sandforce drives, I'd approach with caution, particularl...
Summary: I used this to upgrade the performance of a 5-year old desktop PC. The kit supplied was excellent - including a USB3 external enclosure + cable. The drive was easy to fit in a spare 5.25" bay with the supplied adapter although I had to re-arrange the power cables to reach it position - but it was not a difficult problem. The supplied software did the job of transferring a ghosted image of my original boot drive to the new SSD quickly and easily.