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.
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.
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.
The following specifications can be found at
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.
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.