Average Bench: 62.5% - 442nd / 836

Based on 9,482 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 73.9MB/s
Avg. 4K Random Read Speed 25.3MB/s
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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 169MB/s
Avg. 4K-64Thread Read Speed 115MB/s
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Average Bench

(Based on 9,482 samples)
Min Avg Max
306 Read 454 509
122 Write 169 200
157 Mixed 217 267
61.2% 280 MB/s
Min Avg Max
15.4 4K Read 25.3 35.5
38.7 4K Write 73.9 111
9.8 4K Mixed 15.5 22.1
97.2% 38.2 MB/s
Min Avg Max
21.4 DQ Read 115 212
52.1 DQ Write 142 204
9.57 DQ Mixed 35.6 61.9
52.7% 97.7 MB/s
User Benchmarks Bench Sequential Random 4k Deep queue 4k
The fastest SSD (mainstream) averages a speed of 100%
49GB free
Firmware: 580ABBF0 Max speed: SATA 3.0 600 MB/s
SYSTEM NCQ 4KALIGNED SSD TRIM S.M.A.R.T
Read 459
Write 178
Mixed 190
60% 275 MB/s
4K Read 15.3
4K Write 47.9
4K Mixed 11.1
63% 24.7 MB/s
DQ Read 134
DQ Write 199
DQ Mixed 7.86
50% 114 MB/s

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The number of benchmark samples for this model as a percentage of all 2,131,498 SSDs tested.

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Typical HyperX 3K 120GB Builds (Compare 4,459 builds) See popular component choices, score breakdowns and rankings.
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Gaming 72%
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Desktop 54%
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Workstation 45%
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Motherboard: Asus SABERTOOTH 990FX R2.0 - $182

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 80% - Very good Total price: $778

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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

3 days ago.

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


Good

8 months ago.

After 23k hours on power still OK SSD.


Poor

20 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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