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Kingston HyperX 3k 240GB

The HyperX 3K series is the enthusiast and gamers choice when it comes to Kingston. The drive is offered in four sizes ranging from 90GB to 480GB. Driven by the SATA III protocol and controlled by the ever popular SandForce SF-2281 read and write times are pretty impressive. But it’s the way Kingston’s technology improves the longevity of the drive and the price got us loving the drive.

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The HyperX 3K series is the enthusiast and gamers choice when it comes to Kingston. The drive is offered in four sizes ranging from 90GB to 480GB. Driven by the SATA III protocol and controlled by the ever popular SandForce SF-2281 read and write times are pretty impressive. But it’s the way Kingston’s technology improves the longevity of the drive and the price got us loving the drive.

Introduction to the Kingston HyperX 3k 240GB Solid State Drive

When you are one of the top memory manufacturers you have to show your force in the solid state market as well. I mean really what is solid state drives made up? Memory basically. And that is just what Kingston is doing. Displaying their dominance with several different series of drives aimed at every individual from the casual user to the corporate professional. But we all know that it is the enthusiast that makes it all happen. And Kingston has the drive for that type of person.

The HyperX 3K series is the enthusiast and gamers choice when it comes to Kingston. The drive is offered in four sizes ranging from 90GB to 480GB. Driven by the SATA III protocol and controlled by the ever popular SandForce SF-2281 read and write times are pretty impressive. But it’s the way Kingston’s technology improves the longevity of the drive and the price got us loving the drive.

Kingston’s take on the HyperX 3k

Budget-minded gamers and enthusiasts will benefit from the lower price of Kingston’s new HyperX® 3K SSD. This solid-state drive combines premium 3000 program-erase cycle NAND with the second-generation SandForce® controller. Its lower price means more users can experience ultra-responsive gaming, multitasking and multimedia computing power. 3K loads games and applications faster, increases frames per second (FPS) for an improved gaming experience and allows for quick transfers and edits of large media files. HyperX 3K provides high-speed SATA Rev. 3.0 (6Gb/s) performance and blazing fast random and sequential read/write speeds. SandForce DuraClass™ technology provides the latest data integrity protection for ultimate endurance over the entire life of the drive. HyperX 3K SSD comes in a sleek, black and aluminum case design, accentuating the look of any power user’s system. For added peace of mind, HyperX 3K SSD is backed by a three-year warranty and legendary Kingston® reliability.

Specifications

  • Capacities1: 90GB, 120GB, 240GB, 480GB
    Sequential reads2: SATA Rev. 3.0
    90GB/120GB/240GB – 555MB/s
    480GB – 540MB/s
    Sequential writes2: SATA Rev. 3.0
    90GB/120GB/240GB – 510MB/s
    480GB – 450MB/s

Form factor: 2.5″
Dimensions: 69.85 x 100 x 9.5mm
Operating Temperature: 0°C ~ 70°C
Storage Temperature: -40°C ~ 85°C
Vibration Operating: 2.17G
Vibration Non-Operating: 20G
MTBF: 1,000,000 Hrs
Total Bytes Written (TBW)3:
90G: 57.6TB (based on 52GB per day for 3 years)
120G: 76.8TB (based on 70GB per day for 3 years)
240G: 153.6TB (based on 140GB per day for 3 years)
480G: 307.2TB (based on 280GB per day for 3 years)
Interface: SATA Rev 3.0 (6Gb/s), SATA Rev 2.0 (3Gb/s)
Controller: 2nd Generation SandForce® Controller SF-2281
Components: MLC NAND (3k P/E Cycles)
Warranty/support: three-year warranty (KC100 features a five-year warranty), free technical support and legendary Kingston reliability
Sustained Random 4k Read/Write2:
90GB – 20,000/50,000 IOPS
120GB – 20,000/60,000 IOPS
240GB – 40,000/57,000 IOPS
480GB – 60,000/45,000 IOPS
Max Random 4K R/W2:
90GB – 85,000/74,000 IOPS
120GB – 85,000/73,000 IOPS
240GB – 86,000/60,000 IOPS
480GB – 75,000/48,000 IOPS
PCMARK® Vantage HDD Suite Score2:
90GB/120GB/240GB/480GB: 60,000
SMART Tools: Self-Monitoring, Analysis and Reporting Technology to ensure a healthy drive
Power Consumption:
0.455 W (TYP) Idle / 1.58 W (TYP) Read / 2.11 W (TYP) Write

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Features

    • SandForce controller technology
    • High-speed SATA Rev 3.0 (6Gb/s) transfer speeds
    • Advanced Wear-Leveling Technology
    • User-Configurable Over Provisioning1
    • Performance — incredible speeds for enhanced productivity
    • Reliable — much less likely to fail than a standard hard drive
    • Shock-Proof — dropping your notebook no longer means losing your data
    • Cool & Quiet — runs silent and with no moving mechanical parts to generate heat
    • Innovative — uses NAND Flash memory components
    • Supports TRIM — enhances device wear leveling by eliminating merge operation for all deleted data blocks
    • Supports S.M.A.R.T. (Self-Monitoring, Analysis and Reporting Technology)
    • Guaranteed — three-year warranty (KC100 features a five-year warranty), free technical support and legendary Kingston reliability.

Closer look

When it comes to deciding if you want to stay one your preset route of staying with a mechanical drive or moving along to the newer and much faster solid state drive there are a few questions that always come up. One of them is price. And we all know the prices on these things are rocking quickly. The second is the lifespan of such a drive. Each manufacturer has a different way of determining this and most of it is basic on the NAND used and the program algorithm.

When it comes to the Hyper3K it has a P/E of 3,000, hence the name of this particular model. According to some research, we found this to equal to about eight years of life for the drive. Comparing that to a mechanical drive not too bad. But many of the people in this class do upgrade quite often. And this is also a reason behind its affordable price. Comparing this drive to the higher model HyperX which has a 5K P/E, which comes to 13 year lifespan and cost about $60 more.

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Getting to the physical aspect of the Hyper3K, it has to be one of the better looking drives on the market. The gray along the inside of the front panel forms an X to represent HyperX line. If you check Kingston’s site you will there are two HyperX drives. The original model is blue where this one has black.

The 3K as stated before is commanded by a SandForce SF-2281 controller. The NAND IC total sixteen and are Intel units.

Test Hardware:

1. ASUS X79 Deluxe Motherboard
2. Intel Core i7 3930K Processor
3.Kingston HyperX 1866 DDR3 16GB
4.Kingston V+ 200 120GB Solid State Drive
5.ASUS BC12B1LT BD-Rom Drive
6. Thermaltake Frio Extreme CPU Cooler
7. MicrocoolBanchetto 101 Open Air Test Bench
8. Silverstone Strider Gold Evolution 850W Power Supply
9. ASUS Nvidia GTX 560Ti 448 Graphic Card

Results

HD Tune Pro 3.50
HD Tune Pro is an extended version of HD Tune which includes many new features such as: write benchmark, secure erasing, AAM setting, folder usage view, disk monitor, command line parameters and file benchmark.

ATTO Disk Benchmark
The ATTO Disk Benchmark performance measurement tool is compatible with Microsoft Windows. Measure your storage systems performance with various transfer sizes and test lengths for reads and writes. Several options are available to customize your performance measurement including queue depth, overlapped I/O and even a comparison mode with the option to run continuously. Use ATTO Disk Benchmark to test any manufacturers RAID controllers, storage controllers, host adapters, hard drives and SSD drives and notice that ATTO products will consistently provide the highest level of performance to your storage.

CrystalDiskMark 3.0
CrystalDiskMark is designed to quickly test the performance of your hard drives. Currently, the program allows to measure sequential and random read/write speeds.

Anvil’s Storage Utilities
The Standard Storage Benchmark performs a series of tests, you can run the full test or just the read or the write test or you can run a single test like i.e. 4K QD16.
This is showing a screenshot made by clicking the Screenshot button in the application where I have just performed a full test of the Samsung 470 SSD.

AS SSD
The synthetic tests to determine the sequential and random read and write performance of the SSD. These tests are carried out without using the operating system caches. In Seq-test measures the program how long it takes to read a full 1 GB of file to write respectively. In the 4K test the read and write performance for random 4K blocks is determined. The 4K-64-THRD-test corresponds to the 4K procedure except that here distributes the read and write operations on 64 threads. This test should be SSDs with Native Command Queuing (NCQ) differences between the IDE operation mode where NCQ is not supported, and represent the AHCI mode. The additional compression test can measure the performance of the SSD as a function of compressibility of the data. This is especially the controllers that are used to increase the performance and life of the cell compression is important.

SiSoftware Sandra
We are pleased to announce the launch of SiSoftware Sandra 2011, the latest version of our award-winning utility, which includes remote analysis, benchmarking and diagnostic features for PCs, servers, mobile devices and networks. A year ago, SiSoftware released Sandra 2010 with full support for Windows 7; in the 18 months since the launch of Windows 7, more than ever before we have seen the line blur between PC and entertainment hubs. Two months ago we released a Blu-Ray benchmark, now we have added a brand-new Media Transcoding benchmark using the new Media Foundation of Windows 7. We have also added yet another benchmark (GP Cryptography) which allows direct comparison of CPU performance (using crypto instruction sets) and GPGPU/GPCPU/GPAPU performance.

Conclusion

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I for one really like what I saw in the Kingston HyperX 3K drive. The performance that we saw over the past week or so with the fact should that it is one of the fastest we have tested. Is that stating a lot? Maybe not as it was just marginally faster and that was only in a few benchmarks but like it is with car racing every second counts.

The 3K P/E and its life cycle should be plenty for most of the individuals out there. On paper averaging 8-10 years of usage at a rate most would not see we say this is definitely a drive worth taking a look at. With the amount of gaming one does or the amount of professional work like graphics and video this drive should give you years of satisfied usage.

The price of the HyperX 3K is one of the other benefits it has over other latest generation of drives from other manufacturers is the price. We tested the 240GB model of the 3K which goes for $279 on Newegg. This was cheaper than the OCZ Vertex 4, Patriot (Pyro and Wildfire) and the Intel 520 model. But more expensive that the Corsair Force 3 and some of Kingston other models.

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