Average Bench: 63.3% (433rd of 848)

Based on 10,292 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 36.7% 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 Random Write Speed 75.8MB/s
Avg. 4K Random Read Speed 25.3MB/s

Above average consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the Kingston HyperX 3K 120GB is 33.1%. 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 167MB/s
Avg. 4K-64Thread Read Speed 121MB/s
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Average Bench

(Based on 10,292 samples)
Min Avg Max
328 Read 460 513
119 Write 167 201
153 Mixed 215 265
61.3% 281 MB/s
Min Avg Max
15.1 4K Read 25.3 35.8
36.8 4K Write 75.8 115
9.26 4K Mixed 15.7 22.8
98.7% 39 MB/s
Min Avg Max
22 DQ Read 121 212
54.9 DQ Write 147 204
9.04 DQ Mixed 36.3 61
54.4% 101 MB/s
User Benchmarks Bench Sequential Random 4k Deep queue 4k
The fastest SSD (mainstream) averages a speed of 100%
95GB free
Firmware: 521ABBF0 Max speed: SATA 3.0 600 MB/s
NCQ 4KALIGNED SSD TRIM S.M.A.R.T
Read 466
Write 187
Mixed 241
65% 298 MB/s
4K Read 28.1
4K Write 68.7
4K Mixed 13.2
96% 36.7 MB/s
DQ Read 202
DQ Write 163
DQ Mixed 52.3
75% 139 MB/s
95GB free
Firmware: 521ABBF0 Max speed: SATA 3.0 600 MB/s
NCQ 4KALIGNED SSD TRIM S.M.A.R.T
Read 498
Write 183
Mixed 233
66% 305 MB/s
4K Read 27.5
4K Write 57
4K Mixed 13.5
89% 32.7 MB/s
DQ Read 28.8
DQ Write 170
DQ Mixed 11.5
35% 70.1 MB/s
61GB free
Firmware: 506A Max speed: SATA 3.0 600 MB/s
SYSTEM NCQ 4KALIGNED SSD TRIM S.M.A.R.T
Read 496
Write 183
Mixed 236
67% 305 MB/s
4K Read 20.7
4K Write 48.5
4K Mixed 12.3
73% 27.2 MB/s
DQ Read 21.3
DQ Write 146
DQ Mixed 12.4
31% 60 MB/s
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Gaming
Gaming 56%
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Desktop
Desktop 51%
Yacht
Workstation
Workstation 43%
Speed boat

Motherboard: Asus SABERTOOTH 990FX R2.0 - $182

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 67% - Good Total price: $773

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 Comments

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

3K loads games and applications faster...

Added 3 years ago.

Poor

3 years ago.


Good

21 days ago.

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


Good

10 months ago.

After 23k hours on power still OK SSD.


Poor

22 months 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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