Average Bench: 72.9% (596th of 1058)

Based on 47,975 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]

Good average bench

The Kingston HyperX 3K 120GB averaged 27.0% 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 37.3MB/s

Good consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the Kingston HyperX 3K 120GB is 29.9%. 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 139MB/s
Avg. Sequential Write Speed 189MB/s
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Average Bench

(Based on 47,975 samples)
Min Avg Max
298 Read 363 421
138 Write 189 225
173 Mixed 223 260
99.3 SusWrite 139 171
50.8% 229 MB/s
Min Avg Max
21.6 4K Read 30 36.4
38.4 4K Write 79 108
25.6 4K Mixed 37.3 47.2
135% 48.8 MB/s
Min Avg Max
97.3 DQ Read 198 247
106 DQ Write 172 214
79.8 DQ Mixed 154 202
124% 175 MB/s
User Benchmarks Bench Sequential Random 4k Deep queue 4k
The fastest SSD (mainstream) averages a speed of 100%
57GB free
Firmware: 506ABBF0
SusWrite @10s intervals: 167 155 162 157 154 154 MB/s
Read 460
Write 226
Mixed 262
SusWrite 158
61% 277 MB/s
4K Read 37.3
4K Write 122
4K Mixed 50.6
186% 70.1 MB/s
DQ Read 213
DQ Write 220
DQ Mixed 155
134% 196 MB/s
61GB free (System drive)
Firmware: 526ABBF0
SusWrite @10s intervals: 164 169 159 170 165 160 MB/s
Read 380
Write 208
Mixed 230
SusWrite 164
55% 246 MB/s
4K Read 34.6
4K Write 82.6
4K Mixed 41
149% 52.7 MB/s
DQ Read 216
DQ Write 188
DQ Mixed 181
141% 195 MB/s
111GB free
Firmware: 580ABBF0
SusWrite @10s intervals: 143 120 124 138 138 132 MB/s
Read 355
Write 180
Mixed 268
SusWrite 133
52% 234 MB/s
4K Read 35.5
4K Write 68
4K Mixed 23.5
120% 42.3 MB/s
DQ Read 249
DQ Write 203
DQ Mixed 197
155% 216 MB/s
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MSRP ≈ $101 @ launch in Apr '12
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Typical HyperX 3K 120GB Builds (Compare 14,413 builds) See popular component choices, score breakdowns and rankings.
Gaming
Gaming 25%
Raft
Desktop
Desktop 72%
Battleship
Workstation
Workstation 22%
Surfboard

Motherboard: Asus M5A97 R2.0 - $89

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 45% - Average Total price: $504

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 Comments

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

3K loads games and applications faster...

Added 7 years ago.

Terrible

5 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

5 years ago.

After 23k hours on power still OK SSD.


Poor

7 years ago.


Poor

6 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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