Average Bench: 80.5% (466th of 1058)

Based on 24,432 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 19.5% 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 40.5MB/s

Above average consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the Kingston HyperX 3K 240GB is 35.4%. 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 177MB/s
Avg. Sequential Write Speed 241MB/s

Average Bench

(Based on 24,432 samples)
Min Avg Max
301 Read 371 436
189 Write 241 278
221 Mixed 273 315
118 SusWrite 177 217
59.3% 266 MB/s
Min Avg Max
20.6 4K Read 31.5 38.6
38.4 4K Write 83.1 113
26 4K Mixed 40.5 50.5
144% 51.7 MB/s
Min Avg Max
198 DQ Read 257 296
123 DQ Write 209 265
119 DQ Mixed 218 293
167% 228 MB/s
User Benchmarks Bench Sequential Random 4k Deep queue 4k
The fastest SSD (mainstream) averages a speed of 100%
52GB free (System drive)
Firmware: 521ABBF0
SusWrite @10s intervals: 198 207 220 196 177 164 MB/s
Read 409
Write 236
Mixed 298
SusWrite 194
63% 284 MB/s
4K Read 36.4
4K Write 102
4K Mixed 46.8
169% 61.7 MB/s
DQ Read 267
DQ Write 184
DQ Mixed 216
164% 222 MB/s
145GB free (System drive)
Firmware: 580ABBF0
SusWrite @10s intervals: 179 141 182 154 182 181 MB/s
Read 363
Write 269
Mixed 295
SusWrite 170
61% 274 MB/s
4K Read 32.2
4K Write 118
4K Mixed 42.2
165% 64.1 MB/s
DQ Read 272
DQ Write 245
DQ Mixed 298
212% 271 MB/s
74GB free (System drive)
Firmware: 521ABBF0
SusWrite @10s intervals: 204 199 208 194 197 174 MB/s
Read 362
Write 242
Mixed 284
SusWrite 196
61% 271 MB/s
4K Read 33.8
4K Write 83.4
4K Mixed 41.5
148% 52.9 MB/s
DQ Read 242
DQ Write 172
DQ Mixed 199
151% 204 MB/s
26GB free (System drive)
Firmware: 501ABBF0
SusWrite @10s intervals: 184 220 227 213 195 166 MB/s
Read 385
Write 262
Mixed 290
SusWrite 201
64% 284 MB/s
4K Read 27
4K Write 90.1
4K Mixed 34
132% 50.4 MB/s
DQ Read 299
DQ Write 264
DQ Mixed 247
195% 270 MB/s
70GB free (System drive)
Firmware: 526ABBF0
SusWrite @10s intervals: 188 180 186 185 170 175 MB/s
Read 311
Write 221
Mixed 284
SusWrite 180
56% 249 MB/s
4K Read 28.1
4K Write 85.5
4K Mixed 40.6
140% 51.4 MB/s
DQ Read 243
DQ Write 162
DQ Mixed 198
149% 201 MB/s
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The number of benchmark samples for this model as a percentage of all 49,340,610 SSDs tested.


MSRP ≈ $168 @ launch in Apr '12
AmazonUS $702 years
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Typical HyperX 3K 240GB Builds (Compare 43,934 builds) See popular component choices, score breakdowns and rankings.
Gaming 2%
Tree trunk
Desktop 65%
Workstation 2%
Tree trunk

Disqualified System: bin bin

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 61% - Good Total price: $367

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

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4 years ago.

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


16 months ago.

8 Years now .. still working so fast

Below average

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6 years ago.

Very slow SSD. Not even close to advertised speeds.


2 years ago.

Haven't had issues with it

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