Average Bench: 74% (545th of 1026)

Based on 37,039 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 26.0% 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 161MB/s
Avg. 4K Random Mixed IO Speed 37.8MB/s

Above average consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the Kingston HyperX 3K 120GB is 31%. 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 141MB/s
Avg. Sequential Write Speed 188MB/s
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Average Bench

(Based on 37,039 samples)
Min Avg Max
301 Read 366 425
135 Write 188 225
184 Mixed 225 257
99.2 SusWrite 141 168
51% 230 MB/s
Min Avg Max
20.9 4K Read 30.4 37.3
38.8 4K Write 80.9 110
24.9 4K Mixed 37.8 46.9
137% 49.7 MB/s
Min Avg Max
133 DQ Read 203 247
120 DQ Write 175 218
110 DQ Mixed 161 203
128% 180 MB/s
User Benchmarks Bench Sequential Random 4k Deep queue 4k
The fastest SSD (mainstream) averages a speed of 100%
24GB free
Firmware: 526ABBF0
SusWrite @10s intervals: 182 174 154 122 87 80 MB/s
Read 316
Write 223
Mixed 265
SusWrite 133
52% 234 MB/s
4K Read 35.7
4K Write 105
4K Mixed 44.5
167% 61.7 MB/s
DQ Read 189
DQ Write 195
DQ Mixed 178
138% 188 MB/s
67GB free (System drive)
Firmware: 521ABBF0
SusWrite @10s intervals: 165 157 159 167 166 162 MB/s
Read 349
Write 210
Mixed 240
SusWrite 163
54% 240 MB/s
4K Read 31.8
4K Write 73.7
4K Mixed 38.7
137% 48.1 MB/s
DQ Read 216
DQ Write 184
DQ Mixed 193
146% 198 MB/s
19GB free (System drive)
Firmware: 526ABBF0
SusWrite @10s intervals: 162 149 150 133 151 136 MB/s
Read 362
Write 205
Mixed 217
SusWrite 147
52% 233 MB/s
4K Read 25
4K Write 78.1
4K Mixed 36.8
126% 46.6 MB/s
DQ Read 145
DQ Write 180
DQ Mixed 189
135% 172 MB/s
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The number of benchmark samples for this model as a percentage of all 28,475,286 SSDs tested.

 Prices

Approx. $101 @ launch in Apr '12
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Gaming 53%
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Desktop
Desktop 59%
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Workstation
Workstation 43%
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Motherboard: Asus M5A97 R2.0 - $89

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 47% - Average Total price: $616

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 Comments

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

3K loads games and applications faster...

Added 6 years ago.

Excellent

17 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.


Poor

6 years ago.


Good

4 years ago.

After 23k hours on power still OK SSD.


Poor

5 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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