May 31, 2012
Kingston HyperX 3K 90GB SSD Review
Kingston Technology Company, Inc. is the world’s largest independent manufacturer of memory products. Kingston designs, manufactures and distributes memory products for desktops, laptops, servers, printers, and Flash memory products for PDAs, mobile phones, digital cameras, and MP3 players. Through its global network of subsidiaries and affiliates, Kingston has manufacturing facilities in California, Taiwan, China, and sales representatives in the United States, Taiwan, China, India, Australia, Vietnam, Europe, Russia, Ukraine, Turkey, and Latin America. For more information, please visit www.kingston.com/en/
About the SSD
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
- SandForce controller technology
- High-speed SATA Rev 3.0 (6Gb/s) transfer speeds
- Advanced Wear-Leveling Technology
- User-Configurable Over Provisioning
- 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 TRIM3 — 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
Capacities: 90GB, 120GB, 240GB, 480GB
Sequential reads: SATA Rev. 3.0
90GB / 120GB / 240GB – 555MB/s
Sequential writes: SATA Rev. 3.0
90GB / 120GB / 240GB – 510MB/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
Interface: SATA Rev 3.0 (6Gb/s), SATA Rev 2.0 (3Gb/s)
Controller: 2nd generation SandForce® controller SF-2281
Components: Intel® 25nm compute-quality MLC NAND (3k P/E cycles)
SMART tools: Self Monitoring, Analysis and Reporting Technology to ensure a healthy drive
Power consumption: 0.455 W (TYP) idle / 1.6 W (TYP) Read / 2.05 W (TYP) write
Packaging and Unboxing
The Kingston HyperX 3K comes in two colors , Blue and Black . The SSD we will be reviewing today is black color . The box is very simple as regarding to packaging . But i love the way kingston manage the details on the box . In the Upper right corner , you can see the speeds mentioned by the Kingston of this particular SSD .
Also at the bottom the warranty and other features are mentioned including latest Sandforce LSI controller .
After opening the box , we found the packaging of the SSD . The SSD is well placed in black form which is very protective although SSD can handle harshness . The packaging is very unique but it should be like this for a enthusiast hardware . Also included is the manual .
Also included in the box is the 3.5″ to 2.5″ mounting tray , In this way you can just mount the SSD on the tray and then fit it in you computer chassis if it does not support 2.5″ form factor drives . Also included are the screws for mounting the SSD.
Closer look at the SSD
Kingston HyperX 3K 90GB is the most enthusiast version of there SSD line and we have to admit the color choice is amazing which means a lot to gamers and hardware lovers . The black , grey and white contrast give it amazing look . Also the logo of the HyperX at the top left is engraved in the material and shines with the reflection of light .
The back of the Kingston HyperX 3K 90GB is same as the other SSD has . You have 4 mounting screws at the bottom to mount it onto any 2.5″ support bay or onto provide tray . There is power connect and SATA III 6.0Gb/s connecter at the back of the SSD to get blazing speed out of this .
Benchmark and Results
The rig we will be using today for testing Kingston HyperX 3K 90GB is ,
- Intel Core i7 2600K CPU
- ASUS P8Z68 V PRO
- 8GB Patriot Memory RAM
- Kingston HyperX 3K 90 GB SSD ( OS )
The results for ATTO Disk Benchmark , Crystal Disk , HD Tune , are below .
ATTO Disk Benchmark
Crystaldisk Mark Benchmark
In the end ( Conclusion )
In the end we are going to say that it is one of best SSD’s in the market . Also it is top of the line SSD from Kingston which is specially built for gamers and enthusiast . Overall the SSD is very good in performance the boot time from Kernal to the Desktop of Window 7 is about 10 seconds with the addition of some applications like Word , Excel , and Adobe Photoshop it goes to 17 Seconds which is still pretty good as compared to normal HDD .
We are pleased to announce that the Kingston HyperX 3K 90GB SSD is the best SSD ever tested at TechTipsnReview , excelling in every thing including performance , overall quality , design .There is no doubt that Kingston once again has proved that It is the world leading company in Memory and Storage Products.