Kingston HyperX 3K

6/30/2012 6:02:36 PM

Kingston's HyperX 3K drives are budget versions of the original, much-praised HyperX line, and come in several versions: 90GB, 120GB, 240GB and 480GB. Although it's the cheaper end of the spectrum that we're interested in right now, it's worth pointing out before we start that pound-for-pound, you get the best value out of the 240GB model.

Description: Kingston HyperX 3K

Another SandForce-based SSD, this one contains a slightly more expensive toggle-mode memory rather than synchronous or asynchronous, but with good reason: it performs better. It's slightly more expensive, but at capacities this small it's hard to tell.

The benefits are apparent, though. The speed of this HyperX 3K 90GB drive compares well to the original HyperX drives (which are more expensive), meaning that budget-oriented or not, you get strong performance here. Actual read speeds average above 200MB/S and write speeds above 100MB/s, which is far better than they have any right to be under $160.

Idle power consumption is very good, making this drive well suited to low-power situations. It could be a little more energy efficient when in use, but compared to the Agility 3 (which sucks up three times as much power even when it's standing still) the performance is acceptable.

At 90GB, the capacity is comfortably large enough for you to run as a primary drive, and its strong performance means that unless you're sitting there with stopwatch in hand, you won't notice any difference over the more expensive Kingston models.

If you're wondering where the compromise is, it's simple: Kingston has used lower quality memory in the drives so it can drive down the cost, but the difference is negligible: the quoted life-span is 15% lower than the HyperX range in terms of number of reads/writes, but only the heaviest or most stubborn users would ever get anywhere near that amount before it becomes time to upgrade. By the time this drive wears out, SSD drives will be as cheap as HDD drives are now.

Description:  Kingston's HyperX 3K 240GB







Read speed


Write speed

51 OMB/s

Max power consumption


Idle power consumption


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