Average Bench: 73.9% (519th of 1011)

Based on 23,606 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 26.1% 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 154MB/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 31.1%. 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 138MB/s
Avg. Sequential Write Speed 191MB/s
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Average Bench

(Based on 23,606 samples)
Min Avg Max
297 Read 361 410
133 Write 191 225
178 Mixed 224 259
102 SusWrite 138 168
50.8% 228 MB/s
Min Avg Max
21 4K Read 30.2 37.7
42.1 4K Write 82 114
26.7 4K Mixed 38.2 47.9
138% 50.1 MB/s
Min Avg Max
122 DQ Read 201 248
118 DQ Write 174 214
47.8 DQ Mixed 154 200
125% 176 MB/s
User Benchmarks Bench Sequential Random 4k Deep queue 4k
The fastest SSD (mainstream) averages a speed of 100%
33GB free (System drive)
Firmware: 521ABBF0
SusWrite @10s intervals: 158 161 166 166 160 163 MB/s
Read 342
Write 219
Mixed 248
SusWrite 162
54% 243 MB/s
4K Read 34.6
4K Write 101
4K Mixed 44.3
162% 59.8 MB/s
DQ Read 209
DQ Write 191
DQ Mixed 200
150% 200 MB/s
56GB free (System drive)
Firmware: 526ABBF0
SusWrite @10s intervals: 158 160 165 162 165 164 MB/s
Read 377
Write 204
Mixed 236
SusWrite 162
54% 245 MB/s
4K Read 27.8
4K Write 96.1
4K Mixed 35.3
138% 53.1 MB/s
DQ Read 210
DQ Write 184
DQ Mixed 195
147% 196 MB/s
52GB free (System drive)
Firmware: 526ABBF0
SusWrite @10s intervals: 150 142 157 155 155 154 MB/s
Read 323
Write 195
Mixed 245
SusWrite 152
51% 229 MB/s
4K Read 32
4K Write 79.8
4K Mixed 41.4
144% 51.1 MB/s
DQ Read 216
DQ Write 188
DQ Mixed 188
145% 197 MB/s
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The number of benchmark samples for this model as a percentage of all 17,666,076 SSDs tested.

 Prices

Approx. $101 @ launch in Apr '12
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Typical HyperX 3K 120GB Builds (Compare 23,451 builds) See popular component choices, score breakdowns and rankings.
Gaming
Gaming 44%
Speed boat
Desktop
Desktop 47%
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Workstation
Workstation 35%
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Motherboard: Asus M5A97 R2.0 - $96

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 43% - Average Total price: $556

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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

7 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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