KingstonSH103S3/120G
SamsungMZ-7TE120BW

Controller: LSI SandForce SF2281VB1-SDC. NAND Memory: Intel Synchronous 25nm MLC. Release date: Q2 2012.

Controller: Samsung 3 Core MEX. Memory: Samsung 19nm Toggle Mode TLC. Release date: Q3 2013.

Real World Speed
Performance profile from 145,623 user samples
45,468 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 87% 75GB free
Worst Bench: 53% 34GB free (System drive)
Poor: 53% Great: 87%
SPEED RANK: 591st / 1058
100,155 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 107% 77GB free
Worst Bench: 66% 17GB free (System drive)
Poor: 66% Great: 107%
SPEED RANK: 302nd / 1058
Effective Speed
Effective SSD Speed
73.2 % 91.3 % Faster effective speed.
+25%
Read
Avg. Sequential Read Speed
366 MB/s 464 MB/s Faster read speed.
+27%
Write
Avg. Sequential Write Speed
187 MB/s 400 MB/s Hugely faster write speed.
+114%
4K Read
Avg. 4K Random Read Speed
30.2 MB/s 38.8 MB/s Faster random read.
+28%
4K Write
Avg. 4K Random Write Speed
79.6 MB/s 86.4 MB/s Slightly faster random write.
+9%
Mixed
Avg. Sequential Mixed IO Speed
221 MB/s 316 MB/s Much faster mixed IO speed.
+43%
4K Mixed
Avg. 4K Random Mixed IO Speed
37.5 MB/s 45.9 MB/s Faster random mixed IO.
+22%
SusWrite
Avg. Sustained Write Speed
137 MB/s +1% 136 MB/s
Read
Peak Sequential Read Speed
425 MB/s 506 MB/s Faster peak read speed.
+19%
Write
Peak Sequential Write Speed
224 MB/s 489 MB/s Hugely faster peak write speed.
+118%
4K Read
Peak 4K Random Read Speed
37.2 MB/s 46.3 MB/s Faster peak random read.
+24%
4K Write
Peak 4K Random Write Speed
108 MB/s 117 MB/s Slightly faster peak random write.
+8%
Mixed
Peak Sequential Mixed IO Speed
260 MB/s 384 MB/s Much faster peak mixed IO speed.
+48%
4K Mixed
Peak 4K Random Mixed IO Speed
47.4 MB/s 54.9 MB/s Faster peak random mixed IO.
+16%
SusWrite
Peak Sequential Sustained Write 60s Average
170 MB/s 179 MB/s Slightly faster peak sustained write speed.
+5%
Market Share
Based on 45,510,884 SSDs tested.
Market Share
Market Share (trailing 30 days)
0.06 % 0.14 % Hugely higher market share.
+133%
Value
Value For Money
8.06 % 13.6 % Much better value.
+69%
User Rating
UBM User Rating
53 % 54 % +2%
Price
Price (score)
$59 $40 Much cheaper.
+33%
Age
Newest
112 Months 97 Months More recent.
+13%
DQ Read
Peak 4K-64Thread Read Speed
246 MB/s 381 MB/s Much faster peak deep queue read.
+55%
DQ Write
Peak 4K-64Thread Write Speed
213 MB/s 362 MB/s Much faster peak deep queue write.
+70%
AS-SSD Total
AS-SSD Total Score
840 Pts 1,267 Pts Much stronger server IO.
+51%
DQ Mixed
Peak 4K-64Thread Mixed IO Speed
201 MB/s Faster peak deep queue mixed IO.
+12%
180 MB/s
ADQ Read
Avg. 4K-64Thread Read Speed
201 MB/s 332 MB/s Much faster deep queue read.
+65%
ADQ Write
Avg. 4K-64Thread Write Speed
169 MB/s 294 MB/s Much faster deep queue write.
+74%
ADQ Mixed
Avg. 4K-64Thread Mixed IO Speed
159 MB/s 159 MB/s
Capacity
Capacity
120GB 120GB
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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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The 120GB Evo, like its 250GB sibling, features a second level Turbowrite cache (TWC). This 3GB block of high speed SLC memory allows the Evo to write data at 370 MB/s, nearly double its normal rate. When the TWC is full write speeds drop by around 50% but since consumers generally write less than 3GB in a typical write operation, the performance drop will rarely be noticed. On the other hand, in a server environment this sort of performance degradation would be unacceptable. Comparing the 120GB and 250GB Evos shows that they have similar performance profiles. The performance equivalence between the different capacities, coupled with the fact that their prices are almost linear, implies that both capacities represent roughly the same value for money. Within its TWC, the 120GB Evo is capable of chart topping burst IO rates and it sits squarely amongst the best performing 120GB drives. [Aug '14 SSDrivePro]

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