Average Bench: 74.1% (520th of 1011)

Based on 24,951 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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Good average bench

The Kingston HyperX 3K 120GB averaged 25.8% 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-64Thread Mixed IO Speed 157MB/s
Avg. 4K Random Mixed IO Speed 38.2MB/s

Above average consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the Kingston HyperX 3K 120GB is 30.9%. This is a relatively narrow range which indicates that the Kingston HyperX 3K 120GB performs reasonably consistently under varying real world conditions.

Weaknesses

Avg. Sustained Write Speed 140MB/s
Avg. Sequential Write Speed 190MB/s
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Average Bench

(Based on 24,951 samples)
Min Avg Max
299 Read 359 416
138 Write 190 225
186 Mixed 226 259
105 SusWrite 140 166
50.8% 229 MB/s
Min Avg Max
20.1 4K Read 30.4 37.6
46.6 4K Write 83.9 111
25.8 4K Mixed 38.2 48.1
140% 50.9 MB/s
Min Avg Max
63.8 DQ Read 193 246
109 DQ Write 175 215
49.5 DQ Mixed 157 203
125% 175 MB/s
User Benchmarks Bench Sequential Random 4k Deep queue 4k
The fastest SSD (mainstream) averages a speed of 100%
54GB free (System drive)
Firmware: 521ABBF0
SusWrite @10s intervals: 148 161 164 155 168 161 MB/s
Read 371
Write 211
Mixed 257
SusWrite 160
56% 250 MB/s
4K Read 35.7
4K Write 102
4K Mixed 46.8
168% 61.6 MB/s
DQ Read 214
DQ Write 196
DQ Mixed 207
155% 206 MB/s
93GB free (System drive)
Firmware: 541ABBF0
SusWrite @10s intervals: 138 139 132 153 156 154 MB/s
Read 304
Write 196
Mixed 236
SusWrite 145
49% 220 MB/s
4K Read 33.7
4K Write 102
4K Mixed 43.9
161% 59.8 MB/s
DQ Read 202
DQ Write 202
DQ Mixed 182
142% 196 MB/s
65GB free (System drive)
Firmware: 526ABBF0
SusWrite @10s intervals: 132 129 130 129 131 125 MB/s
Read 402
Write 118
Mixed 192
SusWrite 129
46% 210 MB/s
4K Read 26.8
4K Write 83.9
4K Mixed 31.9
126% 47.5 MB/s
DQ Read 177
DQ Write 141
DQ Mixed 120
100% 146 MB/s
31GB free (System drive)
Firmware: 580ABBF0
SusWrite @10s intervals: 88 107 105 95 118 92 MB/s
Read 365
Write 184
Mixed 172
SusWrite 101
45% 205 MB/s
4K Read 24.1
4K Write 79.6
4K Mixed 31.7
119% 45.1 MB/s
DQ Read 143
DQ Write 177
DQ Mixed 107
95% 142 MB/s
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Approx. $101 @ launch in Apr '12
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Gaming 45%
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Desktop 46%
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Workstation 35%
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Motherboard: Asus M5A97 R2.0 - $96

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 41% - Average Total price: $631

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 Comments

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

3K loads games and applications faster...

Added 5 years ago.

Excellent

9 months ago.

2012 i bought hyperx 120 gb and only 1 gb free space left. it was full with application then looked results and tough 860 pro better then kingston. kingston hyber x 120 gb read speed 555 Mb (2012 model) and 860 pro (2019 model) 560 mb read speed honestly i replaced only ssd drive and kingston definetly faster then samsung even it has 1 gb free space, when i click applications it load faster then samsung.. windows starts, opening firefox, photoshop or intellij vs 7 years old kingston ssd definetly faster then samsung 860 pro ssd disc.


Good

3 years ago.

After 23k hours on power still OK SSD.


Poor

5 years ago.


Poor

4 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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