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Kingston HyperX 3K 480GB SSD Review

By: Chris Ramseyer | SSDs in Storage | Posted: Oct 31, 2014 2:04 pm
TweakTown Rating: 90%Manufacturer: Kingston

Anvil Storage Utilities


Version and / or Patch Used: RC6


So, what is Anvil Storage Utilities? Well, it's a storage benchmark for SSDs and HDDs where you can check and monitor your performance. The Standard Storage Benchmark performs a series of tests; you can run a full test, or just the read or the write test, or you can run a single test, i.e. 4k QD16.


Anvil Storage Utilities is not officially available yet, but we've been playing with the beta for several months now. Anvil has been updating the software steadily on several international forums, and is adding new features every couple of months.


We can use Anvil several different ways to show different aspects for each drive. We've chosen to use this software to show the performance of a drive with two different data sets. The first is with compressible data, and the second data set is incompressible data. Several users have requested this data in our SSD reviews.



0-Fill Compressible Data




Incompressible Data




Since the Kingston HyperX 3K uses a SandForce SF-2281 controller there is a penalty when working with incompressible data (data that is already compressed). What caught us by surprise here is how much higher the performance scores are on the HyperX in comparison to the Intel 530 Series 480GB we tested just days ago.


Low Queue Depth Read IOPS




In low queue depth random read testing, we see the Kingston HyperX 3K is one of the few drives capable of reading 10K IOPS at QD1. The drive scales well to QD2, but then it starts to drop off. At QD4, the HyperX 3K is around 8K IOPS slower than the Intel 530 Series 480GB.


High Queue Depth Read IOPS




Here we see the high random read queue depth tests, and the HyperX is back in line with the 530 Series, but both drives are down in comparison to other products on the market, even those in the value category.


Low Queue Depth Write IOPS




The low queue depth random write performance is also off the mark in comparison to modern SSDs.


High Queue Depth Write IOPS




At the upper end of the scale, the HyperX 3K recovers and starts to deliver a fair amount of IOPS performance, but its peak is again well under modern drives at this time.

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