Average Bench: 62.5% (539th of 927)

Based on 24,116 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 37.4% 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 73.4MB/s
Avg. 4K Random Read Speed 24.9MB/s

Good consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the Kingston HyperX 3K 120GB is 29%. 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 170MB/s
Avg. 4K-64Thread Read Speed 118MB/s
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Average Bench

(Based on 24,116 samples)
Min Avg Max
331 Read 461 513
122 Write 170 201
169 Mixed 221 272
62% 284 MB/s
Min Avg Max
15.3 4K Read 24.9 34.2
33.9 4K Write 73.4 108
8.77 4K Mixed 15.1 22
95.9% 37.8 MB/s
Min Avg Max
20.2 DQ Read 118 211
52.2 DQ Write 145 203
8.8 DQ Mixed 35 60.6
53.2% 99.3 MB/s
User Benchmarks Bench Sequential Random 4k Deep queue 4k
The fastest SSD (mainstream) averages a speed of 100%
87GB free
Firmware: BBF0 Max speed: SATA 3.0 600 MB/s
SYSTEM NCQ 4KALIGNED SSD TRIM S.M.A.R.T
Read 487
Write 166
Mixed 235
65% 296 MB/s
4K Read 30.7
4K Write 84.9
4K Mixed 14.1
110% 43.3 MB/s
DQ Read 103
DQ Write 191
DQ Mixed 13.5
48% 102 MB/s
37GB free
Firmware: 526ABBF0 Max speed: SATA 3.0 600 MB/s
SYSTEM NCQ 4KALIGNED SSD TRIM S.M.A.R.T
Read 511
Write 146
Mixed 247
66% 301 MB/s
4K Read 24.8
4K Write 54.8
4K Mixed 12.5
83% 30.7 MB/s
DQ Read 202
DQ Write 201
DQ Mixed 54.7
82% 153 MB/s
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Approx. $101 @ launch in Apr '12
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Motherboard: Asus M5A97 R2.0 - $88

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 63% - Good Total price: $628

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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 months ago.

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


Poor

4 years ago.


Good

24 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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