Average Bench: 72.8% (453rd of 964)

Based on 20,491 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 27.2% 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 151MB/s
Avg. 4K Random Mixed IO Speed 37.3MB/s

Above average consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the Kingston HyperX 3K 120GB is 33.5%. 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 136MB/s
Avg. Sequential Write Speed 182MB/s
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Average Bench

(Based on 20,491 samples)
Min Avg Max
298 Read 362 421
125 Write 182 219
170 Mixed 219 255
97.5 SusWrite 136 164
49.9% 225 MB/s
Min Avg Max
20.1 4K Read 29.8 37.4
42.6 4K Write 82 115
25.2 4K Mixed 37.3 48
136% 49.7 MB/s
Min Avg Max
40 DQ Read 192 247
107 DQ Write 168 209
44.4 DQ Mixed 151 201
121% 170 MB/s
User Benchmarks Bench Sequential Random 4k Deep queue 4k
The fastest SSD (mainstream) averages a speed of 100%
96GB free
Firmware: 506A
SusWrite @10s intervals: 162 151 151 156 156 139 MB/s
Read 385
Write 213
Mixed 253
SusWrite 152
56% 251 MB/s
4K Read 27.7
4K Write 76.9
4K Mixed 33
125% 45.9 MB/s
DQ Read 211
DQ Write 222
DQ Mixed 156
134% 196 MB/s
24GB free (System drive)
Firmware: 580ABBF0
SusWrite @10s intervals: 122 142 133 132 131 110 MB/s
Read 351
Write 208
Mixed 243
SusWrite 128
52% 232 MB/s
4K Read 30.7
4K Write 66.5
4K Mixed 36.1
128% 44.4 MB/s
DQ Read 247
DQ Write 182
DQ Mixed 193
150% 208 MB/s
48GB free (System drive)
Firmware: 502ABBF0
SusWrite @10s intervals: 124 138 137 137 141 131 MB/s
Read 400
Write 149
Mixed 192
SusWrite 135
48% 219 MB/s
4K Read 26.9
4K Write 59
4K Mixed 30.9
112% 38.9 MB/s
DQ Read 191
DQ Write 148
DQ Mixed 163
124% 167 MB/s
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 Prices

Approx. $101 @ launch in Apr '12
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AmazonUS $2001 month
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Typical HyperX 3K 120GB Builds (Compare 14,998 builds) See popular component choices, score breakdowns and rankings.
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Gaming 59%
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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: 76% - Very good Total price: $541

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 Comments

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

3K loads games and applications faster...

Added 4 years ago.

Excellent

8 months ago.

nice performance.It has been 2 years bougt it.Still working very well.


Good

2 years ago.

After 23k hours on power still OK SSD.


Poor

4 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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