Kingston HyperX

6/29/2012 9:35:22 AM

Kingston's enthusiast-level drive comes with an enthusiast-level price, at $for a 240GB 5SD and $2.08 per gigabyte - pricier than three of this month's other contenders.

Description: Kingston HyperX

For that money, though, Kingston has put together an extremely enticing SSD. The SandForce 2281 controller is one of the most popular around, for good reason, and the 25nm MLC NAND memory modules are more efficient - on paper, at least - when compared to the 32nm chips used in the Corsair Performance Series Pro.

Kingston has also gone the extra mile when it comes to the extras included in the box. There's a 2.5" to 3.5” adapter, which is included with most SSDs and is vital for installing the drive into a desktop PC. There's also an enclosure for using the drive as an external peripheral, both SATA and USB 2.0 cables, and even a small screwdriver for installing the drive. It's this month's most generous selection of accessories.

Performance was impressive too. Its 500.9MB/S result in our large file write test is the equal of the Corsair and only a little behind this month's best performers and again its result of 326.8MB/s in the large file read benchmark is among the fastest on test. Results in our small file tests were more mediocre: a small file write score of 163.8MB/S is only quicker than the Patriot Pyro SE, and a small file read result of 29.7MB/S is slower than two other drives.

These mixed results continued in AS SSD. Its sequential write result of 243.13MB/s is squarely in the middle of this month's drives, and 72.4MB/S in the 4K-64 file write test is also slower - the Corsair, for instance, ran through the same test at 152.64MB/S. The Kingston was more impressive in the sequential read test, with a high score of 516.85MB/S, but it still wasn't the quickest - that honour belongs to the OCZ Vertex 3, which ran through the same test at 518.12MB/S.

Our third set of benchmarks, PCMark 7's storage tests, also returned mixed results. The Kingston's picture importing score of 19.89MB/S was the best on test, but its video editing result of 21,73MB/s lags behind every other SSD here.

Kingston's HyperX certainly has plenty to recommend it, not least the range of accessories. With its 2.5" to 3.5" adapter, SATA cable and even a screwdriver included in the box, it's one of the only drives here that's truly ready to be installed and used from the moment it's taken out of the box.

When it comes down to the important issue of benchmarks, though, the HyperX is more difficult to recommend. While it impressed in our standard file writing and reading tests, mediocre and middling scores in both AS SSD and PCMark 7 mean other drives are both faster and more consistent.

Combine the iffy performance with the high price, then, and it's clear that this drive is just a little too expensive for our liking. If its price-per-gigabyte was better, it would be worth considering At the moment, it's just a tad too expensive.

Description: Kingston HyperX



240GB (223GB formatted)


$467 -  ($2.08 per GB)




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