Review: Kingston HyperX 3K 120 GByte SSD


Published by Marc Büchel on 23.04.12
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With the HyperX 3K 120 GByte SSD, Kingston has a Solid State Drive in its portfolio which is based on the latest SandForce SF-2281 series SSD processor and it also comes with a competitive price tag. The drive also features SATA-III support and Kingston claims that the drive can reach throughput rates of more than 500 Megabyte per second. Also for the IOPS the manufacturer promises sky-high numbers. When writing 4 KByte blocks the drive should be able to hit a whopoing 60'000 IOPS and more.





Specifications / Delivery


Model Kingston HyperX 3K SSD 120 GByte
Capacity 120 GByte
Memory ynchronous NAND Flash
Technology SandForce SF-2281
Throughput up to 555 MB/s reading, up to 510 MB/s writing
Accesstime (read) < 0.1 ms
Life expectance 2'000'000 hours (MTBF)
Acoustics no noise
Warranty 3 Years


Delivery

   

Kingston ships their HyperX 3K SSD with a lot of accessories. A first glance at the box is sufficient to see that Kingston tried to make this drive special. Thanks to the thick foam layer inside the box, the drive is very well protected during transportation. Included in the delivery there is a 3.5 inch adapter carriage, a screwdriver with two different bits, a CD, an external case, a SATA-III cable, a USB cable as well as some screws and the drive itself. With all this equipment you would well prepared for a possible system migration.

The reason that the HyperX 3K SSD is cheaper than the original HyperX (5K) can be found in the NAND flash they're using. The first HyperX drive got NAND flash memory that was specified for 5'000 PE cycles. The new HyperX 3K get memory chips that endure 3'000 PE cycles. In fact, most of the SSD companies get the 3'000 PE cycle NAND flash memory.


Page 1 - Introduction / Specs / Delivery Page 7 - Random read KByte/s
Page 2 - Impressions Page 8 - Sequential write ops
Page 3 - How do we test? Page 9 - Sequential read ops
Page 4 - Sequential write KByte/s Page 10 - Random write ops
Page 5 - Sequential read KByte/s Page 11 - Random read ops
Page 6 - Random write KByte/s Page 12 - Conclusion



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