Average Bench: 61.8% (500th of 885)

Based on 20,944 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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Above average average bench

The Kingston HyperX 3K 120GB averaged 38.1% 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 73.1MB/s
Avg. 4K Random Read Speed 24.6MB/s

Good consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the Kingston HyperX 3K 120GB is 29.4%. This is a relatively narrow range which indicates that the Kingston HyperX 3K 120GB performs reasonably consistently under varying real world conditions.

Weaknesses

Avg. Sequential Write Speed 168MB/s
Avg. 4K-64Thread Read Speed 111MB/s
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Average Bench

(Based on 20,944 samples)
Min Avg Max
319 Read 459 512
120 Write 168 200
160 Mixed 217 270
61.4% 281 MB/s
Min Avg Max
13.8 4K Read 24.6 34.9
34.7 4K Write 73.1 107
9.09 4K Mixed 15 22
95.2% 37.6 MB/s
Min Avg Max
20.9 DQ Read 111 216
42.8 DQ Write 139 203
8.96 DQ Mixed 35.5 64.6
51.8% 95.4 MB/s
User Benchmarks Bench Sequential Random 4k Deep queue 4k
The fastest SSD (mainstream) averages a speed of 100%
51GB free
Firmware: 580ABBF0 Max speed: SATA 3.0 600 MB/s
SYSTEM NCQ 4KALIGNED SSD TRIM S.M.A.R.T
Read 493
Write 177
Mixed 235
66% 302 MB/s
4K Read 31.6
4K Write 92.2
4K Mixed 18.5
120% 47.5 MB/s
DQ Read 35.7
DQ Write 100
DQ Mixed 17.1
28% 51 MB/s
26GB free
Firmware: 521ABBF0 Max speed: SATA 3.0 600 MB/s
SYSTEM NCQ 4KALIGNED SSD TRIM S.M.A.R.T
Read 474
Write 198
Mixed 271
69% 315 MB/s
4K Read 23.6
4K Write 63.6
4K Mixed 12.3
85% 33.1 MB/s
DQ Read 27.2
DQ Write 181
DQ Mixed 10.2
36% 72.8 MB/s
85GB free
Firmware: 501ABBF0 Max speed: SATA 3.0 600 MB/s
SYSTEM NCQ 4KALIGNED SSD TRIM S.M.A.R.T
Read 354
Write 123
Mixed 187
48% 221 MB/s
4K Read 15.6
4K Write 45.3
4K Mixed 12.3
64% 24.4 MB/s
DQ Read 139
DQ Write 144
DQ Mixed 10.8
44% 97.9 MB/s
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 Prices

Approx. $101 @ launch in Apr '12
AmazonUS $851 month
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Gaming 55%
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Desktop 49%
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Workstation
Workstation 37%
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Motherboard: Asus M5A97 R2.0 - $88

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 61% - Good Total price: $692

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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

3 hrs ago.

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


Poor

4 years ago.


Good

20 months ago.

After 23k hours on power still OK SSD.


Poor

2 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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