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Kingston HyperX 3K SSD review

Posted 09 May 2012 14:33 CET by Antonis Sapanidis

 

Review: Kingston HyperX 3K 240GB SSD Reviewed by: Vroom Provided by: Kingston Model: HyperX 3K Firmware version: 501ABBF0

 

 

Kingston is a manufacturer that doesn’t need any introductions. I am sure that almost everyone at one point has had something that was manufactured by Kingston, a USB drive, a flash card for your digital camera, or some RAM for your PC. In the last few years Kingston has entered the SSD market and their latest product is the HyperX 3K series. The Kingston HyperX 3K SSD is based on the SandForce SF-2281 and has MLC NAND (3k P/E Cycles). The 3K NAND that the HyperX 3K is using can handle 3000 programmable erase cycles, and the DuraClassTM technology will maximize the life of the NAND.

Kingston was kind enough to send me their latest SSD for review. The HyperX 3K is Kingston’s latest SSD and it’s driven by the SandForce Controller, alongside Intel’s latest 3K NAND. The HyperX 3K series can be found in 90GB/120GB/240GB and 480GB capacities, depending on your needs, and it offers sequential read and write speeds up to +500MB/Sec.  In this review I will be taking a closer look at the Kingston HyperX 3K 240GB SSD.

Kingston has four product lines when it comes to SSDs and you can find out more about them here.

Kingston company information

In 1987, Kingston® entered the market with a single product. Founders John Tu and David Sun addressed a severe shortage of surface-mount memory chips with a memory module that would serve to redefine industry standards for years to come. You can read the full history of Kingston by clicking here.


The Kingston HyperX 240GB SSD

Time to take a closer look at the package and what comes shipped with.

Packaging

Box front

Box rear

Box top

Box left and right

Inside the box

The package contained the HyperX 3K SSD, two packs of fixing screws, a 3.5 inch to 2.5 inch converter bracket, a bootable CD-ROM containing the Acronis True Image software and an instruction manual. You will also find an SATA cable and a USB cable for the included external enclosure, and a screw driver.

The Kingston HyperX 3k SSD

Not much to say about the looks of the HyperX 3K SSD, the picture shows everything. The drive is built with an aluminium case, and it’s by far the best looking SSD that you can buy.

Drive underside

The underside of the drive has the SATA power and data connectors, a sticker that has all the info that is needed such as the serial number and model of the drive, and finally the four mounting holes to mount the drive on the 3.5” bracket.

Specifications

The following specifications can be found at Kingston's website.

From the above picture we can take a more detailed view of the Kingston HyperX 3K SSD. The HyperX 3K 240GB SSD has a read speed up to 555mb/sec and a write speed up to 510mb/sec.  The drive has a three year warranty, and 24/7 free tech support from Kingston.

CrystalDIskInfo

Above we can see some more info about the Kingston HyperX 3K SSD.

 


Let’s head to the next page where we take a look at our testing methods and the review PC.

 

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