Average Bench: 73.3% (418th of 956)

Based on 17,878 user benchmarks.  Models: KINGSTON SH103S3120G, KINGSTON KINGSTON SH103S3, KINGSTON SH103S3120G, KINGSTON SH103S3

The 120GB Kingston HyperX 3K is nearly two years old, several generations of SSD have passed since its original release. Better 120GB SSDs have more NAND modules than the old HyperX and are able to write faster than the peak 234 Mb/s achieved by the HyperX 3K. The HyperX 3K also has a Sandforce 2281 controller which is unable to write compressed data as well as its more recent competition. All that said the HyperX still has an effective speed of 367 MBps which is respectable and far faster than even the best mechanical drive. With peak 4K read/write speeds of 33/110 MB/s the HyperX 3K also has competent small file performance. To summarize as a current value proposition the HyperX 3K struggles, simply because the likes of Samsung and OCZ have innovated and moved forward in the two years since the HyperX 3K was released. [Feb '14 SSDrivePro]

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Good average bench

The Kingston HyperX 3K 120GB averaged 26.7% 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-64Thread Mixed IO Speed 153MB/s
Avg. 4K Random Mixed IO Speed 37.7MB/s

Above average consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the Kingston HyperX 3K 120GB is 31.7%. This is a relatively narrow range which indicates that the Kingston HyperX 3K 120GB performs reasonably consistently under varying real world conditions.

Weaknesses

Avg. Sustained Write Speed 137MB/s
Avg. Sequential Write Speed 185MB/s
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Average Bench

(Based on 17,878 samples)
Min Avg Max
301 Read 365 421
134 Write 185 222
176 Mixed 221 257
100 SusWrite 137 166
50.4% 227 MB/s
Min Avg Max
19.7 4K Read 29.9 38.1
44.4 4K Write 81.6 114
26.3 4K Mixed 37.7 48.5
137% 49.7 MB/s
Min Avg Max
57.9 DQ Read 193 247
105 DQ Write 168 209
43.3 DQ Mixed 153 201
122% 171 MB/s
User Benchmarks Bench Sequential Random 4k Deep queue 4k
The fastest SSD (mainstream) averages a speed of 100%
21GB free (System drive)
Firmware: 502ABBF0
SusWrite @10s intervals: 128 118 129 129 105 92 MB/s
Read 415
Write 146
Mixed 191
SusWrite 117
48% 217 MB/s
4K Read 33.2
4K Write 115
4K Mixed 38
160% 62.1 MB/s
DQ Read 183
DQ Write 144
DQ Mixed 156
119% 161 MB/s
63GB free (System drive)
Firmware: 506ABBF0
SusWrite @10s intervals: 146 141 144 145 144 146 MB/s
Read 346
Write 204
Mixed 239
SusWrite 144
52% 233 MB/s
4K Read 27
4K Write 66.5
4K Mixed 36.1
122% 43.2 MB/s
DQ Read 210
DQ Write 210
DQ Mixed 143
126% 188 MB/s
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The number of benchmark samples for this model as a percentage of all 8,023,630 SSDs tested.

 Prices

Approx. $101 @ launch in Apr '12
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Motherboard: Asus M5A97 R2.0 - $88

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 67% - Good Total price: $585

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 Comments

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

3K loads games and applications faster...

Added 4 years ago.

Excellent

6 months ago.

nice performance.It has been 2 years bougt it.Still working very well.


Poor

4 years ago.


Good

2 years ago.

After 23k hours on power still OK SSD.


Poor

3 years ago.

18 months in it's still running, and seq read speeds remain decent (mid 400's) but seq write speeds have dropped to around 175 avge. It's got 9K power on hours, so fairly heavy use. It's an underwhelming drive that'll get you a year and a half of OKish speeds, then it's relegated to your girlfriends friends laptop for $20 :)


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