Average Bench: 73.9% (578th of 1058)

Based on 51,513 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 26.0% 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 162MB/s
Avg. 4K Random Mixed IO Speed 38MB/s

Above average consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the Kingston HyperX 3K 120GB is 30.6%. 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 187MB/s
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Average Bench

(Based on 51,513 samples)
Min Avg Max
299 Read 362 425
134 Write 187 223
179 Mixed 225 260
97.2 SusWrite 138 169
50.7% 228 MB/s
Min Avg Max
19.6 4K Read 30.3 36.7
40.4 4K Write 81.8 108
24.5 4K Mixed 38 48.1
138% 50 MB/s
Min Avg Max
139 DQ Read 204 247
103 DQ Write 173 215
111 DQ Mixed 162 203
129% 180 MB/s
User Benchmarks Bench Sequential Random 4k Deep queue 4k
The fastest SSD (mainstream) averages a speed of 100%
70GB free (System drive)
Firmware: 580ABBF0
SusWrite @10s intervals: 139 133 137 138 125 130 MB/s
Read 341
Write 189
Mixed 247
SusWrite 134
51% 228 MB/s
4K Read 35.3
4K Write 115
4K Mixed 50.4
179% 67 MB/s
DQ Read 245
DQ Write 192
DQ Mixed 166
138% 201 MB/s
112GB free
Firmware: 521ABBF0
SusWrite @10s intervals: 153 154 157 160 155 153 MB/s
Read 402
Write 233
Mixed 260
SusWrite 155
58% 263 MB/s
4K Read 36.8
4K Write 97.9
4K Mixed 43.2
163% 59.3 MB/s
DQ Read 218
DQ Write 197
DQ Mixed 178
141% 198 MB/s
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MSRP ≈ $101 @ launch in Apr '12
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Gaming
Gaming 63%
Destroyer
Desktop
Desktop 82%
Aircraft carrier
Workstation
Workstation 49%
Yacht

Motherboard: MSI Z87-G45 GAMING (MS-7821) - $242

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 55% - Above average Total price: $907

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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

1 month 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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