Average Bench: 73.7% (504th of 1000)

Based on 24,409 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 26.3% 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 156MB/s
Avg. 4K Random Mixed IO Speed 37.7MB/s

Above average consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the Kingston HyperX 3K 120GB is 30.5%. 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 137MB/s
Avg. Sequential Write Speed 186MB/s
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Average Bench

(Based on 24,409 samples)
Min Avg Max
302 Read 362 421
132 Write 186 222
176 Mixed 221 257
102 SusWrite 137 166
50.3% 227 MB/s
Min Avg Max
20.6 4K Read 30.4 37.2
41.8 4K Write 83.3 117
25.7 4K Mixed 37.7 48
138% 50.4 MB/s
Min Avg Max
113 DQ Read 196 246
116 DQ Write 171 215
58 DQ Mixed 156 201
125% 175 MB/s
User Benchmarks Bench Sequential Random 4k Deep queue 4k
The fastest SSD (mainstream) averages a speed of 100%
111GB free
Firmware: 521ABBF0
SusWrite @10s intervals: 141 149 151 161 162 158 MB/s
Read 424
Write 220
Mixed 255
SusWrite 154
58% 263 MB/s
4K Read 36.8
4K Write 115
4K Mixed 51.6
183% 67.7 MB/s
DQ Read 213
DQ Write 186
DQ Mixed 188
144% 196 MB/s
75GB free (System drive)
Firmware: 526ABBF0
SusWrite @10s intervals: 134 130 132 133 129 130 MB/s
Read 369
Write 144
Mixed 197
SusWrite 131
46% 210 MB/s
4K Read 26.4
4K Write 90
4K Mixed 34.5
132% 50.3 MB/s
DQ Read 183
DQ Write 151
DQ Mixed 119
102% 151 MB/s
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The number of benchmark samples for this model as a percentage of all 14,373,882 SSDs tested.

 Prices

Approx. $101 @ launch in Apr '12
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Typical HyperX 3K 120GB Builds (Compare 20,597 builds) See popular component choices, score breakdowns and rankings.
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Gaming 58%
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Desktop
Desktop 50%
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Workstation
Workstation 38%
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Motherboard: Asus M5A97 R2.0 - $88

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 74% - Very good Total price: $528

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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

3 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

2 years ago.

After 23k hours on power still OK SSD.


Poor

5 years ago.


Poor

3 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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