Average Bench: 73% (596th of 1058)

Based on 49,294 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 26.9% 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 158MB/s
Avg. 4K Random Mixed IO Speed 37.5MB/s

Above average consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the Kingston HyperX 3K 120GB is 31.6%. 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 140MB/s
Avg. Sequential Write Speed 189MB/s
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Average Bench

(Based on 49,294 samples)
Min Avg Max
299 Read 365 437
134 Write 189 227
179 Mixed 227 261
97.4 SusWrite 140 169
51.1% 230 MB/s
Min Avg Max
19.1 4K Read 29.9 37.2
30.6 4K Write 78 110
23.5 4K Mixed 37.5 48
135% 48.5 MB/s
Min Avg Max
112 DQ Read 201 247
79.3 DQ Write 172 216
67 DQ Mixed 158 202
126% 177 MB/s
User Benchmarks Bench Sequential Random 4k Deep queue 4k
The fastest SSD (mainstream) averages a speed of 100%
47GB free
Firmware: 60AABBF0
SusWrite @10s intervals: 162 158 172 156 172 173 MB/s
Read 411
Write 211
Mixed 273
SusWrite 166
59% 265 MB/s
4K Read 35.2
4K Write 109
4K Mixed 48.9
174% 64.4 MB/s
DQ Read 233
DQ Write 197
DQ Mixed 199
154% 210 MB/s
34GB free (System drive)
Firmware: 541ABBF0
SusWrite @10s intervals: 116 147 136 144 132 138 MB/s
Read 355
Write 209
Mixed 222
SusWrite 136
51% 230 MB/s
4K Read 35.8
4K Write 95.4
4K Mixed 44.7
162% 58.6 MB/s
DQ Read 226
DQ Write 178
DQ Mixed 172
137% 192 MB/s
20GB free (System drive)
Firmware: 521ABBF0
SusWrite @10s intervals: 102 148 140 126 120 129 MB/s
Read 394
Write 194
Mixed 226
SusWrite 127
52% 235 MB/s
4K Read 32.5
4K Write 85.8
4K Mixed 31
134% 49.8 MB/s
DQ Read 214
DQ Write 177
DQ Mixed 182
140% 191 MB/s
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 Prices

MSRP ≈ $101 @ launch in Apr '12
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Typical HyperX 3K 120GB Builds (Compare 16,151 builds) See popular component choices, score breakdowns and rankings.
Gaming
Gaming 25%
Raft
Desktop
Desktop 72%
Battleship
Workstation
Workstation 22%
Surfboard

Motherboard: Asus M5A97 R2.0 - $89

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 45% - Average Total price: $504

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 Comments

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

3K loads games and applications faster...

Added 8 years ago.

Terrible

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

6 years ago.

After 23k hours on power still OK SSD.


Poor

8 years ago.


Poor

7 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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