Average Bench: 63.1% (453rd of 863)

Based on 17,298 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 36.8% 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 74.5MB/s
Avg. 4K Random Read Speed 25.4MB/s

Good consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the Kingston HyperX 3K 120GB is 30%. 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 169MB/s
Avg. 4K-64Thread Read Speed 120MB/s
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Average Bench

(Based on 17,298 samples)
Min Avg Max
347 Read 459 512
121 Write 169 201
160 Mixed 217 267
61.6% 282 MB/s
Min Avg Max
15.5 4K Read 25.4 35
37 4K Write 74.5 111
9.03 4K Mixed 15.7 22.4
98.1% 38.5 MB/s
Min Avg Max
21.3 DQ Read 120 214
60.5 DQ Write 147 204
9.22 DQ Mixed 36.3 61.8
54.4% 101 MB/s
User Benchmarks Bench Sequential Random 4k Deep queue 4k
The fastest SSD (mainstream) averages a speed of 100%
43GB free
Firmware: 506ABBF0 Max speed: SATA 3.0 600 MB/s
SYSTEM NCQ 4KALIGNED SSD TRIM S.M.A.R.T
Read 489
Write 200
Mixed 208
65% 299 MB/s
4K Read 27.9
4K Write 70.7
4K Mixed 13.7
97% 37.5 MB/s
DQ Read 190
DQ Write 173
DQ Mixed 46.7
72% 137 MB/s
37GB free
Firmware: 521ABBF0 Max speed: SATA 3.0 600 MB/s
SYSTEM NCQ 4KALIGNED SSD TRIM S.M.A.R.T
Read 472
Write 163
Mixed 202
61% 279 MB/s
4K Read 26
4K Write 80.9
4K Mixed 15.6
102% 40.8 MB/s
DQ Read 169
DQ Write 181
DQ Mixed 52.1
73% 134 MB/s
25GB free
Firmware: 521ABBF0 Max speed: SATA 3.0 600 MB/s
SYSTEM NCQ 4KALIGNED SSD TRIM S.M.A.R.T
Read 478
Write 145
Mixed 271
65% 298 MB/s
4K Read 26.3
4K Write 47.6
4K Mixed 12.1
80% 28.7 MB/s
DQ Read 116
DQ Write 91.3
DQ Mixed 11.6
34% 73.1 MB/s
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Gaming 55%
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Desktop 50%
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Workstation 38%
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Motherboard: Asus M5A97 R2.0 - $88

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 71% - Very good Total price: $594

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

3K loads games and applications faster...

Added 3 years ago.

Good

5 months ago.

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


Poor

3 years ago.


Good

18 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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