Average Bench: 62.2% (464th of 853)

Based on 14,083 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 37.7% 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 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 28.7%. 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 120MB/s
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Average Bench

(Based on 14,083 samples)
Min Avg Max
352 Read 459 512
120 Write 168 200
161 Mixed 217 266
61.4% 281 MB/s
Min Avg Max
14.5 4K Read 24.6 34.2
35.8 4K Write 73.1 110
9.34 4K Mixed 15.2 21.9
95.5% 37.6 MB/s
Min Avg Max
22.6 DQ Read 120 211
58.1 DQ Write 145 205
9.95 DQ Mixed 37.1 60.8
54.5% 101 MB/s
User Benchmarks Bench Sequential Random 4k Deep queue 4k
The fastest SSD (mainstream) averages a speed of 100%
67GB free
Firmware: 506ABBF0 Max speed: SATA 3.0 600 MB/s
SYSTEM NCQ 4KALIGNED SSD TRIM S.M.A.R.T
Read 496
Write 190
Mixed 213
65% 300 MB/s
4K Read 31
4K Write 87.5
4K Mixed 13.6
111% 44 MB/s
DQ Read 182
DQ Write 198
DQ Mixed 50.5
77% 143 MB/s
56GB free
Firmware: 507KC4 Max speed: SATA 3.0 600 MB/s
SYSTEM NCQ 4KALIGNED SSD TRIM S.M.A.R.T
Read 489
Write 180
Mixed 241
66% 303 MB/s
4K Read 24
4K Write 67.2
4K Mixed 20.1
98% 37.1 MB/s
DQ Read 163
DQ Write 185
DQ Mixed 44.8
70% 131 MB/s
12GB free
Firmware: 501ABBF0 Max speed: SATA 3.0 600 MB/s
NCQ 4KALIGNED SSD TRIM S.M.A.R.T
Read 371
Write 139
Mixed 209
52% 240 MB/s
4K Read 30.6
4K Write 74.1
4K Mixed 17.9
108% 40.9 MB/s
DQ Read 179
DQ Write 148
DQ Mixed 49.6
68% 126 MB/s
38GB free
Firmware: 501ABBF0 Max speed: SATA 3.0 600 MB/s
SYSTEM NCQ 4KALIGNED SSD TRIM S.M.A.R.T
Read 343
Write 118
Mixed 158
45% 206 MB/s
4K Read 24.4
4K Write 41.5
4K Mixed 8.94
70% 25 MB/s
DQ Read 146
DQ Write 107
DQ Mixed 38.8
53% 97.1 MB/s
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Motherboard: Asus M5A97 R2.0 - $88

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 57% - Above average Total price: $767

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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

1 month ago.

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


Poor

3 years ago.


Good

14 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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