One of the biggest things to point out with the Kingston HyperX 3K is how it holds up to the Vertex 3 MAX IOPS and Patriot Wildfire even though it is at a lower price point.
|Kingston HyperX 3K 240GB||$204.99|
|OCZ Vertex 3 MAX IOPS 240GB||$299.99|
|Patriot Wildfire 240GB||$399.99|
It is considerably less expensive than the Vertex 3 lineup and especially the Wildfire, yet offers very similar performance in all of the tests we ran, and stands out on the write peformance in several test cases. The high-queue depth tests at 4K transfer size was also very good, and points to the HyperX 3K to being a great drive in more demanding settings. It also has a bundle purchase option with a 2.5" enclosure, adding more use to Kingston's drive. HyperX RAM has always been a top performer and tallying up to a great value point. The HyperX 3K has been very well-received across the international media, and we're the latest to join the bandwagon. The Kingston HyperX 3K is a strong choice if you want to jump into the solid state market at the higher end, yet not spend an arm and a leg. Kingston has really delivered, and deserves a pat on the back for bringing a value-king to market with performance even the most stringent of enthusiasts will stand behind.
- Very competively priced
- Performed up to par with its high-end counterparts
- Tried and true SF-2281 series controller
- 3K MLC NAND has lower lifetime than SLC or other higher-binned NAND (~8 years usable life for normal usage, plenty for almost anyone)
- Potential write speed deficiency in larger sequential write sizes
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