Average Bench: 74.2% (529th of 1016)

Based on 32,683 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 25.8% 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 159MB/s
Avg. 4K Random Mixed IO Speed 38.6MB/s

Above average consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the Kingston HyperX 3K 120GB is 33.8%. 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 187MB/s
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Average Bench

(Based on 32,683 samples)
Min Avg Max
301 Read 367 428
128 Write 187 225
180 Mixed 224 259
102 SusWrite 139 167
50.9% 229 MB/s
Min Avg Max
20.5 4K Read 30.3 37.9
40.4 4K Write 81.5 111
25.1 4K Mixed 38.6 49.3
139% 50.1 MB/s
Min Avg Max
104 DQ Read 199 247
105 DQ Write 172 214
75.3 DQ Mixed 159 204
127% 177 MB/s
User Benchmarks Bench Sequential Random 4k Deep queue 4k
The fastest SSD (mainstream) averages a speed of 100%
73GB free
Firmware: 526ABBF0
SusWrite @10s intervals: 158 172 174 172 172 160 MB/s
Read 352
Write 221
Mixed 260
SusWrite 168
56% 250 MB/s
4K Read 32.7
4K Write 85
4K Mixed 43.2
150% 53.6 MB/s
DQ Read 206
DQ Write 193
DQ Mixed 195
147% 198 MB/s
32GB free (System drive)
Firmware: BBF0
SusWrite @10s intervals: 163 158 153 167 170 173 MB/s
Read 373
Write 207
Mixed 256
SusWrite 164
56% 250 MB/s
4K Read 30
4K Write 74
4K Mixed 35.8
130% 46.6 MB/s
DQ Read 237
DQ Write 193
DQ Mixed 205
156% 212 MB/s
71GB free (System drive)
Firmware: 580ABBF0
SusWrite @10s intervals: 144 164 164 163 167 164 MB/s
Read 382
Write 175
Mixed 248
SusWrite 161
54% 241 MB/s
4K Read 25.4
4K Write 56.5
4K Mixed 38.4
118% 40.1 MB/s
DQ Read 37.6
DQ Write 81.2
DQ Mixed 47.5
40% 55.4 MB/s
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 Prices

Approx. $101 @ launch in Apr '12
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Desktop 46%
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Workstation 34%
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Motherboard: Asus M5A97 R2.0 - $96

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 40% - Average Total price: $578

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 Comments

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

3K loads games and applications faster...

Added 5 years ago.

Excellent

12 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

3 years ago.

After 23k hours on power still OK SSD.


Poor

5 years ago.


Poor

4 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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