Kingston HyperX 3K SSD review

Posted 09 May 2012 14:33 CEST by Antonis Sapanidis

Reading Benchmarks

HD Tune

HD Tune – Sequential reading test

I present the graph below for comparison with other recently tested drives.

The performance of the Kingston HyperX 3K is very impressive. It averages a read speed of 491.5 MB/Sec and it’s among the fastest drives that MyCE has tested.

ATTO disk benchmark

ATTO has become a standard tool for measuring the data throughput of HDD and SSD. It measures the performance of reading and writing, using different file sizes and block sizes.

As we can see ATTO verifies the numbers that Kingston reports for the HyperX 3k SSD, the top read speed was close to 550MB/Sec, but the write performance on sequential write was even more impressive  and the HyperX 3k SSD managed to get close to 520MB/Sec. Overall the result is outstanding.

CrystalDiskMark 3.0

Crystal Disk Mark is quite a handy benchmarking application, as it focuses on the file sizes that can cause a problem on a system drive.

By default the CrystalDiskMark uses random data, and you can therefore get a more realistic view on how the drive performs. We can see that the Kingston HyperX 3K SSD shows excellent performance for both read and write speeds.

AS SSD Benchmark

AS SSD benchmark is a benchmarking tool specifically designed to test SSDs. The application tests sequential reading and writing performance, 4K random reading and writing performance.

AS SSD benchmark also tests 4K threaded performance. This is very exciting, as this test is the first available test that I am aware of, that simulates how a PC operating system actually works. A modern PC and OS, such as Windows Vista/7 does not just run a single thread at a time, it runs many threads. The AS SSD benchmark "4K 64Thrd" tests run 64 threads simultaneously throughout the test. If this result is good, then you can be pretty sure the drive will perform extremely well as a system drive.

After the tests complete, AS SSD benchmark derives a total score for the drive being tested. This is based on all aspects of the test results, and gives an indication of how the drive is performing overall.

Now let’s look at the result for the Kingston HyperX 3K SSD in the form of a screenshot. All our other comparison drives’ results are presented in the form of a graph.

As we can see the Kingston HyperX 3K is very close to the rest of the SandForce drives that MyCE has tested. 


The Kingston HyperX 3K SSD has very solid performance in all our tests.


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