Kingston HyperX 3K 240GB SSD Review


Kingston released the HyperX 240GB SSD just under a year ago, which was very well received as a high quality, high performance SSD. It also came with a price tag of $499.99 for the 240GB model (today that price has dropped to $399.99), which puts it out of the picture for more budget-minded builders. This year Kingston released the HyperX 3K model with essentially the same parts except: the endurance of the NAND memory units. The original model uses Intel 25nm Compute-Quality MLC NAND with 5,000 p/e (program/erase) cycles, while the newer 3K operates MLC NAND with only 3,000 p/e cycles (hence the 3K in the name). This allows for the market price of the 3K to be significantly less at $224.99; over 50% off the original MSRP! When SSDs first hit the market, there was considerable worry that these NAND memory chips would not last very long and data would start to degrade over time. New technologies arose, such as TRIM, and allowed for the lifecycle of a NAND chip to be maximized. This is the exact difference between these two Kingston SSDs: how many times can the drive be written over before it becomes a brick. 3,000 p/e cycles means you can write 240GB to the drive 3,000 times, which turns out to be 720TB; more than enough for many years of use (by which time you will probably have upgraded it).


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.


Features and Specifications

  • Form factor: 2.5”
  • SandForce SF-2281 controller
  • MLC NAND (3K p/e cycles)
  • Interface: SATA3 6Gbps / Backwards Compatible SATA2 3Gbps
  • Available in 90GB, 120GB, 240GB and 480GB Capacities
  • Supports S.M.A.R.T, TRIM, and Garbage Collection
  • 69.85 x 100 x 9.5mm
  • Weight: 97g
  • Operating Temp: 0°C ~ 70°C
  • Storage Temp: -40°C ~ 85°C
  • Power Consumption: 1.58W Read, 2.11W Write, 0.455W Idle
  • Shock Resistance: 1500G
  • Included 3.5" Desktop adapter bracket
  • Compatible with Windows 7, Vista, XP 32-bit/64-bit, Mac OSX
  • MTBF: 1 million hours
  • 3-Year Warranty

Sequential Read | Write

  • 90GB/120GB/240GB: 555 MB/s | 510 MB/s
  • 480GB: 540 MB/s | 450 MB/s

Sustained Random 4K Read/Write

  • 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 Read/Write

  • 90GB –  85,000/74,000 IOPS
  • 120GB – 85,000/73,000 IOPS
  • 240GB – 86,000/60,000 IOPS
  • 480GB – 75,000/48,000 IOPS

 Description, features, and specs courtesy Kingston Product Page.


The SandForce SF-2281 controller is a very popular choice for SSD manufacturers and has had tremendous success over the past year and a half.  It's a venerable performer, as we have seen in all of the SSDs we have reviewed here at Tech Kings. 


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