Kingston HyperX 3K 240GB SSD full review

Kingston HyperX

The Kingston HyperX 3K SSD is a good overall performer that comes with cables and an external enclosure. Write performance is slow, and it comes with only a three-year warranty, however. See all storage reviews.

Kingston HyperX 3K review

Kingston's HyperX 3 was the best performer among the SandForce SF-2281 drives we tested in December 2012, by a fair margin. Kingston somehow managed to squeeze significantly better write performance out of this controller than the other vendors using the same part.

We'd say that the secret was its pairing with Intel 25nm MLC NAND rated for 555MB/510MB sequential read and write speeds, but other drives used that same memory, too.

Kingston HyperX 3K 240GB SSD: performance results


Kingston HyperX performance results

The Kingston HyperX 3K not only performs well but is also attractively priced.

Whatever the reason, in our tests the HyperX 3K read a 10GB mix of files and folders at 331.4 MBps, and it read the data at 391.9 MBps. It read our 10GB large file at 450 MBps and wrote it at 454.9 MBps. That's an average of 393.1 MBps when writing, 420.9 MBps while reading, and a combined overall performance of 407 MBps. Not bad, though it's a good 80 MBps off the first-place Samsung 840 Pro's pace.

Where the HyperX 3K shines is in price per gigabyte. We found this Kingston 240GB drive selling for £169 at independent online outlets —that’s just 70p per gigabyte. Pretty cheap.

Kingston also offers the HyperX 3K bundled into a generous retail kit with an external USB 2.0 enclosure, USB and SATA cables, Acronis True Image software (to help you clone your old drive), and a multi-screwdriver. Both SKUs include a mounting bracket and screws, but this drive carries a less-generous three-year warranty either way.

Kingston HyperX 3K review: SSDs explained

Installing an SSD in your PC, be it a laptop or a desktop, is one of the easiest and most effective ways to boost the machine's overall performance. The change won't be merely noticeable—it will startle you. Your system will boot more quickly, windows and menus will jump open, and programs and data will load much, much faster.

In case you don't know what an SSD is, the acronym stands for solid-state drive—that is, solid-state as in no moving parts, and drive as in the fact that an SSD appears as a hard drive to your computer. But instead of storing data on one or more spinning platters, an SSD writes and reads data to and from nonvolatile flash memory. In addition, an SSD contains a controller that's analogous to the memory controller in your PC's CPU or core-logic chipset.

Many vendors sell SSDs, but the devices are far from equal. Flash memory and controller technology have both advanced so quickly that what was fast last year is now second-class. The drives you might find in the bargain bin will be faster than a consumer-grade mechanical hard drive, but they won't deliver the astounding performance boost you'll be looking for.

The memory/interface controller is a major factor in determining each SSD's performance.


Kingston HyperX 3K 240GB SSD: Specs

  • Solid state drive - internal
  • 240 GB
  • Multi-level cell (MLC) memory
  • 2.5in x 1/8H
  • Serial ATA-600
  • Shock resistant, built-in Wear Advanced Levelling, TRIM support, SandForce Driven, Garbage Collection technology, SandForce DuraClass, aluminium enclosure, S.M.A.R.T.
  • 70x100x9.5mm
  • 97g
  • MTBF: 1,000,000 hour(s)
  • 3.5-inch bay adapter
  • Mounting Kit
  • 3 years warranty

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