Average Bench: 80.4% (429th of 1016)

Based on 15,003 user benchmarks.  Models: KINGSTON SH103S3240G, KINGSTON KINGSTON SH103S3, KINGSTON SH103S3240G, KINGSTON SH103S3

The HyperX 3K is an updated version of the regular HyperX, the only difference between the two SSDs is the grade of NAND flash. The regular HyperX's NAND flash is rated at 5,000 erase cycles vs 3,000 on the 3K version so broadly speaking the number of erase cycles before drive failure on the newer drive is approximately 40% less than on the original HyperX. The distinction is largely irrelevant for consumer users because even after 10 years neither of the drives are likely to come even close to their maximum number of erase cycles. As expected both HyperX's have very similar performance profiles which can be seen in this direct comparison of the two drives. Although the HyperX SSDs were strong contenders on release they are showing their age now and can no longer compete amongst the newer drives from Samsung and Plextor which are both cheaper and faster. [Jan '14 SSDrivePro]


Very good average bench

The Kingston HyperX 3K 240GB averaged just 19.6% lower than the peak scores attained by the group leaders. This is an excellent result which ranks the Kingston HyperX 3K 240GB near the top of the comparison list.


Avg. 4K-64Thread Mixed IO Speed 218MB/s
Avg. 4K Random Mixed IO Speed 40.4MB/s

Above average consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the Kingston HyperX 3K 240GB is 35.9%. This is a relatively wide range which indicates that the Kingston HyperX 3K 240GB performs inconsistently under varying real world conditions.


Avg. Sustained Write Speed 179MB/s
Avg. Sequential Write Speed 245MB/s

Average Bench

(Based on 15,003 samples)
Min Avg Max
303 Read 373 431
196 Write 245 282
218 Mixed 275 315
123 SusWrite 179 217
59.8% 268 MB/s
Min Avg Max
20 4K Read 31.2 39.1
39.4 4K Write 83.5 117
26.5 4K Mixed 40.4 51.6
143% 51.7 MB/s
Min Avg Max
149 DQ Read 252 296
142 DQ Write 211 266
93.3 DQ Mixed 218 293
167% 227 MB/s
User Benchmarks Bench Sequential Random 4k Deep queue 4k
The fastest SSD (mainstream) averages a speed of 100%
80GB free (System drive)
Firmware: 506ABBF0
SusWrite @10s intervals: 217 182 189 204 196 193 MB/s
Read 457
Write 248
Mixed 290
SusWrite 197
66% 298 MB/s
4K Read 34.5
4K Write 92.3
4K Mixed 45
159% 57.3 MB/s
DQ Read 295
DQ Write 193
DQ Mixed 176
149% 221 MB/s
195GB free
Firmware: 521ABBF0
SusWrite @10s intervals: 213 222 212 208 209 210 MB/s
Read 354
Write 228
Mixed 284
SusWrite 212
60% 270 MB/s
4K Read 37.1
4K Write 102
4K Mixed 46.1
169% 61.6 MB/s
DQ Read 181
DQ Write 238
DQ Mixed 186
147% 202 MB/s
127GB free
Firmware: 526ABBF0
SusWrite @10s intervals: 171 214 172 210 209 210 MB/s
Read 315
Write 277
Mixed 267
SusWrite 198
59% 264 MB/s
4K Read 32.3
4K Write 82.6
4K Mixed 42.7
147% 52.5 MB/s
DQ Read 214
DQ Write 178
DQ Mixed 187
142% 193 MB/s
157GB free (System drive)
Firmware: 580ABBF0
SusWrite @10s intervals: 186 170 171 186 172 179 MB/s
Read 354
Write 261
Mixed 310
SusWrite 177
62% 276 MB/s
4K Read 24.7
4K Write 45.1
4K Mixed 30.2
100% 33.3 MB/s
DQ Read 271
DQ Write 250
DQ Mixed 291
210% 270 MB/s
36GB free (System drive)
Firmware: 580ABBF0
SusWrite @10s intervals: 132 106 113 93 101 98 MB/s
Read 287
Write 195
Mixed 258
SusWrite 107
47% 212 MB/s
4K Read 23.9
4K Write 60.8
4K Mixed 34.2
112% 39.6 MB/s
DQ Read 252
DQ Write 201
DQ Mixed 259
185% 237 MB/s
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The number of benchmark samples for this model as a percentage of all 21,413,271 SSDs tested.


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Typical HyperX 3K 240GB Builds (Compare 13,261 builds) See popular component choices, score breakdowns and rankings.
Gaming 52%
Desktop 71%
Workstation 50%

Motherboard: Asus MAXIMUS VII HERO

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 46% - Average Total price: $846

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

HyperX performance at an exceptional price...

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2 years ago.

Great value oriented SSD for anyone who is thinking of upgrading to an SSD

Below average

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4 years ago.

Very slow SSD. Not even close to advertised speeds.


13 months ago.

Haven't had issues with it

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