Average Bench: 74.3% (461st of 980)

Based on 22,478 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 25.7% 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 153MB/s
Avg. 4K Random Mixed IO Speed 38.3MB/s

Above average consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the Kingston HyperX 3K 120GB is 32.6%. 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 186MB/s
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Average Bench

(Based on 22,478 samples)
Min Avg Max
297 Read 363 427
130 Write 186 221
176 Mixed 222 258
101 SusWrite 138 167
50.5% 227 MB/s
Min Avg Max
20.5 4K Read 30.3 37.6
42.3 4K Write 84.7 116
25 4K Mixed 38.3 48.6
140% 51.1 MB/s
Min Avg Max
101 DQ Read 197 247
117 DQ Write 172 215
47.4 DQ Mixed 153 202
123% 174 MB/s
User Benchmarks Bench Sequential Random 4k Deep queue 4k
The fastest SSD (mainstream) averages a speed of 100%
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The number of benchmark samples for this model as a percentage of all 11,452,932 SSDs tested.

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Approx. $101 @ launch in Apr '12
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Gaming 58%
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Desktop 50%
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Workstation 38%
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Motherboard: Asus M5A97 R2.0 - $88

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 75% - Very good Total price: $516

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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

11 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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