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Kingston HyperX 3K SSD Review (240GB): Blistering Fast Computing Storage Unleashed

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Posted on May 22, 2012 AT 01:31pm

Kingston HyperX 3K SSD Review

A Brief Introduction

A computer’s processor, video/graphics card, and RAM are commonly the main components of discussion while discussing the potential performance of a computing machine, whether it is a notebook or desktop. While all of these are crucial ingredients to an efficient machine, the hard drive has the potential to become a bottleneck for the machine if uneducated on the speeds and technologies of the storage drive division. From loading basic applications to running high-bandwidth video games and high-definition video rendering, as the storage center of all files launched on the machine, having a fast, responsive drive is imperative to a snappy experience. While there are many 7200RPM drives on the market and even 10,000RPM drives emerging, because the drive relies on one or more rapidly rotating discs, speeds are extremely limited when comparing to the latest form of consumer storage, solid-state drives (often referred to as SSDs). Offering the fastest speeds on the market thanks to the lack of spinning discs and moveable read/write heads. Read more to learn more about Kingston’s very own HyperX 3K SSD and discover how you can accelerate the performance of your machine up to 4 times its factory configuration.

In an attempt to expand its business and diversify its portfolio by working with a valuable partner, Kingston has joined forces with SandForce, one of the top manufacturers of flash memory controllers for solid-state drives on their latest SSD technology with their HyperX 3K Solid-State Drive. Featuring the second generation of SandForce’s SF-2281 Controller, Kingston’s HyperX 3K Solid-State Drive is one of the fastest drives for laptops (ability to integrate within desktop with 3.5” mounting bracket”) available in the market. Seeking the market that desires SSD technology with a lower financial budget, Kingston’s HyperX 3K SSD offers a similar computing experience to that of their 5K models at a more affordable pricing model.

Features, Specifications, and Performance

Featuring 3K MLC NAND that is synchronous, this feature improves the life of the hard disks cells making it not just work efficiently, but also last longer. While the 5K model will provide additional program-erase cycles (typically written as P/E cycles), for even those who are considered to be “power users”, 3K is sure to last users with time that exceeds their investment. Also keep in mind that this drive includes a warranty for a period of three years from the date of purchase by the original end user customer, so if the drive dies on you during this term, rest assured Kingston will take care of you.

While it may be expected as a solid-state drive, Kingston’s HyperX 3K SS is blazingly fast with speeds up to 555MB/s for reading and 510 MB/s writing performance. While these speeds are provided by Kingston in theoretical conditions, I decided to run my own benchmarks on the drive within my late-2011 model 15” MacBook Pro utilizing Intel’s Quad-Core 2.2GHz i7 processor, AMD Radeon HD 6750M with 512MB GDDR5, and 8GB of RAM.

After running numerous benchmarks through SpeedTools, Xbench, and Blackmagic’s Disk Speed Test, I found my average read speeds hovering around 475MB/s and writing around 450MB/s providing results impressively similar to that of a theoretical situation. Running these same tests within the same conditions on the hard drive installed within my MacBook Pro originally yielded an average read speed of 85MB/s and writing speed of 75MB/s drastically reducing the performance of the machine right out of its box.

Now that benchmark results have been provided, more importantly I ran real-world tests with countless applications as a way to discover if the investment in Kingston’s HyperX 3K SSD is truly worth the cash and have provided the results below.

HyperX 3K Real World Testing

Upgrade Bundle and Its Features

Unlike most of the drives in the market that have a lot of cables and accessories that seem useless, all of the parts within the SSD upgrade kit are usable. This kit comes with data cable, an enclosure for external USB SSD, a mounting bracket specially made for 3.5” drive bays, a HyperX screwdriver and Acronis True Image HD Migration Software. The True Image software disk is not just an extra pointless feature, but it is bootable and this disc improves the functionality of the storage device. This disc allows users to backup their data, clean, sort and manage and also clone their data from the storage drive that they are currently stored to the SSD.

Summary

Overall, Kingston’s HyperX 3K SSD is a force to be reckoned with in the storage drive business. Allowing users to experience high performance at a lower cost thanks to the reduced program-erase cycles, the HyperX 3K SSD is an affordable SSD drive that while may not compete with the market’s leaders, such as OCZ’s Vertex 4, Kingston’s HyperX 3K SSD puts up a great fight and for the price, you simply cannot beat it.

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