Average Bench: 70.9% (455th of 956)

Based on 383 user benchmarks.  Models: KINGSTON SH100S3240G, KINGSTON SH100S3

The Kingston HyperX is nearly two years old which in SSD terms is almost an entire lifetime. Starting on a positive note this drive will outperform any mechanical drive hands down, and still has one of the highest sequential read speeds (517 MB/s) we have ever seen on a SATA SSD. That said a balanced performance profile is critical and the HyperX doesn't fare so well against its younger SSD competitors in the other write orientated benchmark categories. The poor results are explained by the Kingston's Sandforce controller which struggles to deliver incompressible data throughput. With a real world speed of 398.1 MB/s and an AS-SSD score of 728 (bottom 28th percentile) there are far better deals to be had at this time. [Apr '13 SSDrivePro]

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Good average bench

The Kingston HyperX 240GB averaged 29.1% lower than the peak scores attained by the group leaders. This isn't a great result which indicates that there are much faster alternatives on the comparison list.

Strengths

Avg. 4K Random Write Speed 76.9MB/s
Avg. 4K Random Read Speed 25.7MB/s

Above average consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the Kingston HyperX 240GB is 35.9%. This is a relatively wide range which indicates that the Kingston HyperX 240GB performs inconsistently under varying real world conditions.

Weaknesses

Avg. Sustained Write Speed 194MB/s
Avg. Sequential Write Speed 230MB/s
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Average Bench

(Based on 383 samples)
Min Avg Max
360 Read 477 519
166 Write 230 274
206 Mixed 286 334
125 SusWrite 194 279
65.9% 297 MB/s
Min Avg Max
16.4 4K Read 25.7 34.3
32.4 4K Write 76.9 117
10.3 4K Mixed 17.1 35.2
102% 39.9 MB/s
Min Avg Max
22.9 DQ Read 192 299
56.8 DQ Write 185 254
9.74 DQ Mixed 61.1 185
80.8% 146 MB/s
User Benchmarks Bench Sequential Random 4k Deep queue 4k
The fastest SSD (mainstream) averages a speed of 100%
20GB free
Firmware: BBF0
SusWrite @10s intervals: 222 208 191 183 204 217 MB/s
Read 381
Write 267
Mixed 292
SusWrite 204
64% 286 MB/s
4K Read 32.6
4K Write 84.2
4K Mixed 40.6
146% 52.5 MB/s
DQ Read 275
DQ Write 229
DQ Mixed 228
177% 244 MB/s
18GB free (System drive)
Firmware: 320ABBF0
SusWrite @10s intervals: 110 110 104 110 111 103 MB/s
Read 414
Write 253
Mixed 276
SusWrite 108
58% 263 MB/s
4K Read 33.7
4K Write 117
4K Mixed 34.1
157% 61.6 MB/s
DQ Read 306
DQ Write 224
DQ Mixed 198
166% 243 MB/s
182GB free (System drive)
Firmware: 332ABBF0
SusWrite @10s intervals: 198 211 211 212 206 205 MB/s
Read 393
Write 236
Mixed 276
SusWrite 207
62% 278 MB/s
4K Read 23.4
4K Write 67.5
4K Mixed 31.8
112% 40.9 MB/s
DQ Read 298
DQ Write 244
DQ Mixed 248
192% 264 MB/s
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The number of benchmark samples for this model as a percentage of all 7,956,775 SSDs tested.

 Prices

Approx. $252 @ launch in Jul '11
AmazonUS $2662 years
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Gaming 93%
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Desktop
Desktop 84%
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Workstation
Workstation 66%
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Motherboard: Asus STRIX Z270H GAMING - $155

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 78% - Very good Total price: $1,255

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 Comments

Controller: LSI SandForce SF2281VB1-SDC. NAND Memory: Intel Synchronous 25nm MLC

Faster speeds for serious users...

Added 6 years ago.

Below average

5 years ago.

Review  www.ssdreview.com/...

This site is a brilliant SSD resource. They run loads of benchmarks and real world tests and make all the data available. The Kingston HyperX 240GB is the SATA 3 group leader.

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Excellent

6 years ago.

For real world performance, this is currently the best SSD out there. It's not the best benchmark performer nor is it the cheapest but that's because Kingston have rightly focused on real world performance and longevity rather than synthetic benchmark performance.


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