Just a few days ago, we took a step back in time and tested Intel's nearly one year old 530 Series 480GB SSD. Today we're going back even further. Kingston's first HyperX branded SSD is still the best-looking consumer SSD to ever hit the market. Charged with a LSI SandForce SF-2281 controller, 5K P/E cycle Intel flash, and an appealing design, the blue HyperX was one of the best products released in the early 2281 era. Sadly, the original HyperX drives have long disappeared from retail.
Kingston's second HyperX model has aged well, and is still available. The HyperX 3K was first launched as a lower cost HyperX Series product. The difference between the two models was the flash; the original HyperX shipped with 5K flash, but the HyperX 3K shipped with 3K or 3,000 P/E cycle flash. When released, 3K P/E cycle flash was common and only a few 5K P/E drives existed. Nowadays, 3K flash is premium, and several SSDs ship with 1,500 to 1,000 P/E cycle flash.
Specifications, Pricing, and Availability
Kingston released the HyperX 3K in three capacities, and each capacity ships in either a drive only package or a kit package. Today we're testing the 480GB drive only model that actually ships with a desktop adapter bracket, and mounting screws.
Kingston's claimed sequential read performance for the 480GB model is 540 MB/s, and the sequential write speed is 450 MB/s. The performance of the 480GB drive is lower than the 120GB and 240GB drives, and Kingston accurately publishes that information instead of using the familiar "Up To" for all capacities. Kingston also publishes individual random performance data. The 480GB model we're testing today is capable of achieving 74,000 random read IOPS, and 32,000 random write IOPS, both at 4K.
Newegg carries both bare drive and kit models. The bare drive version we're testing today costs $289.99, and ships with a desktop adapter bracket, mounting screws, and documentation. The kit model includes an external USB 2.0 adapter for easy disk cloning, a desktop adapter bracket, a screwdriver, a SATA power and Data cable, and a software disk. The kit option is $329.99 at the time of writing.
Both the bare drive and kit bundle include a three-year warranty, and you can use Kingston's SSD Toolbox on the HyperX 3K. You can read our report on every major SSD Toolbox software in this article.
PRICING: You can find the Kingston HyperX 3K for sale below. The prices listed are valid at the time of writing, but can change at any time. Click the link to see the very latest pricing for the best deal.
Canada: The Kingston HyperX 3K 120GB retails for CDN$94.98 at Amazon Canada, the Kingston HyperX 3K 240GB retails for CDN$149.99 at Amazon Canada, and the Kingston HyperX 3K 480GB retails for CDN$344.98 at Amazon Canada.
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