Kingston HyperX 3K 120GB SSD Review

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Today we are taking a look at the latest Solid State Drive from Kingston – the HyperX 3K 120GB which utilises the performance oriented Sandforce SF 2281 controller.

There is no doubt about it, the market today is flooded with solid state drives. Prices are dropping all the time and a wider audience are beginning to realise that adding one into a new system can dramatically improve the overall experience.

Sandforce SF-2281 powered drives are a dime a dozen in 2012, but Kingston have released the Kingston HyperX 3K series with a primary focus on getting the lowest possible price. The 120GB version we are reviewing today for instance is only £118.99 inc vat from Overclockers in the UK. Six months ago, a drive like this would have cost £50 more, at least.

’3K’ means that Kingston have moved to cost effective 3k PE (program/erase cycles) NAND. ’3K’ means that the drive should last 3,000 full writes of the disk capacity. In reality the 3K drives will still last a long time, many years, under normal use.

Specifications:

  • Capacity: 120GB
  • Controller: SandForce SF-2281
  • Maximum Read: 555MB/sec
  • Maximum Write: 510MB/sec
  • Max I/O Per Second (IOPS): 95000 IOPS (4KB File, READ)
  • NAND Flash: Multi-Level Cell (MLC)
  • Interface: SATA-III / 6Gbps (Backwards compatible with SATA-II / 3Gbps)
  • TRIM Support (Requires Windows 7)
  • Warranty: 3 Years
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  • davisd
    April 11, 2012
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    Yay, the first of many I hope. Nice job from Kingston indeed !

    120Gb for £99 who will crack that one? :)

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  • Kingston HyperX 3K 120GB SSD Review | KitGuru | All About Solid State Drives (SSD)
    April 11, 2012
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  • Kingston Hyper X 3K SSD Review and Specifications | SSD Wiki
    April 12, 2012
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    [...] kitguru: A high value for money drive, ideal for a wide audience of enthusiast user. Less than £1 per GB, well done Kingston! [...]

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    April 12, 2012
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    [...] Kingston HyperX 3K 120GB SSD @ Kitguru [...]

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    April 13, 2012
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    [...] spends some time with the ZOTAC ZBOX Nano XS AD11 Plus Mini PCKitGuru shares its thoughts on the Kingston HyperX 3K 120GB SSDHotHardware explores the Zotac ZBOX Nano XS AD11 PlusTweakTown examines the MSI GeForce GTX 680 [...]

  • SSD Reviews Thread - Page 7 - Hardware Canucks
    April 14, 2012
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    [...] SSD 2012 : 16 SSD SATA 6G 120 et 128 Go – HardWare.fr Kingston HyperX 3K 120GB SSD Reviews Kingston HyperX 3K 120GB SSD Review | KitGuru Kingston HyperX 3K 240GB SSD Reviews Kingston HyperX 3K SSD Review | StorageReview.com – Storage [...]

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    [...] http://www.hardware.fr/articles/860-…20-128-go.html Kingston HyperX 3K 120GB SSD Reviews http://www.kitguru.net/components/ss…gb-ssd-review/ Kingston HyperX 3K 240GB SSD Reviews http://www.storagereview.com/kingsto…_3k_ssd_review [...]

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    [...] SSD 2012 : 16 SSD SATA 6G 120 et 128 Go – HardWare.fr Kingston HyperX 3K 120GB SSD Reviews Kingston HyperX 3K 120GB SSD Review | KitGuru Kingston HyperX 3K 240GB SSD Reviews Kingston HyperX 3K SSD Review | StorageReview.com – Storage [...]

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    [...] SSD 2012 : 16 SSD SATA 6G 120 et 128 Go – HardWare.fr Kingston HyperX 3K 120GB SSD Reviews Kingston HyperX 3K 120GB SSD Review | KitGuru Kingston HyperX 3K 240GB SSD Reviews Kingston HyperX 3K SSD Review | StorageReview.com – Storage [...]

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    [...] 910 PCIe SSD @ AnandTechKingston HyperX 3K 120GB SSD @ KitGuruMach Xtreme Technology DS Fusion 60GB SSD @ OCInsideKingston HyperX 3K 240GB SSD @ The SSD [...]

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    [...] Kit Guru (240GB) (April 11 2012) *Must Have* [...]

  • Pajpower0
    June 15, 2012
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    Scan are doing these for 65 quid now.

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  • Free Shipping on a Kingston HyperX 3K 120GB SATA III Solid State Drive (SSD) for $64.99 at Buy.com, a $169.01 Savings! Valid through 09/14/2012 | 4jbz
    September 14, 2012
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    [...] We have reviewed around 30 Solid State Drives powered by the Sandforce 2281 controller in the last year and it is becoming increasingly difficult to talk about the same controller in so many reviews. Thankfully Kingston are realising that to get noticed in this market that they need to focus on the price point. In regards to performance, we doubt the target audience will have any complaints. It is in the top group of Sandforce 2281 drives on the market, delivering 555 MB/s sequential read and 528 MB/s sequential write in the ATTO Benchmark. As we noted earlier, the write result is actually higher than the Kingston official claim of 510 MB/s. Kingston have managed to achieve their goals, releasing a high performance drive at the lowest possible price. It really is rather silly to ignore it. -KitGuru [Link] [...]

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