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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

Futuremark PCMark 8 Extended - Consistency Test

 

Version and / or Patch Used: 2.0.228

 

Heavy Usage Model:

 

Futuremark's PCMark 8 allows us to wear the test drive down to a reasonable consumer steady state, and then watch the drive recover on its own through garbage collection. To do that, the drive gets pushed down to steady state with random writes, and then idle time between a number of tests allows the drive to recover.

 

Precondition Phase:

1. Write the drive sequentially through, up to the reported capacity with random data.

2. Write the drive through a second time (to take care of overprovisioning).

 

Degradation Phase:

1. Run writes of random size between 8*512 and 2048*512 bytes on random offsets for ten minutes.

2. Run performance test (one pass only).

3. Repeat steps one and two, eight times, and on each pass increase the duration of random writes by five minutes.

 

Steady state Phase:

1. Run writes of random size between 8*512 and 2048*512 bytes on random offsets for 50 minutes.

2. Run performance test (one pass only).

3. Repeat steps one and two, five times.

 

Recovery Phase:

1. Idle for five minutes.

2. Run performance test (one pass only).

3. Repeat one and two, five times.

 

Storage Bandwidth

 

PCMark 8's Consistency test provides a ton of data output that we use to judge a drive's performance. Here we see the three states of performance for the select SSDs: light use, consumer steady state, and worst case.

 

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Here we show a comparison of the tests that matter for most consumers. We'll talk more about the results further down this page.

 

Storage Bandwidth All Tests

 

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Things start to get a bit interesting here. Let's ignore the recovery area for now, and focus on the heavy workload testing. In this chart, we can clearly see three groups of SSDs. At the very top are the two current hyper-class SSDs, the fastest on the market, Samsung's 850 Pro and SanDisk's Extreme PRO. Then you have the midrange group, and finally the bottom group in these heavy workload tests.

 

The Kingston HyperX 3K is in the middle of the chart almost all the way through. If the two hyper-class drives were removed, we could reasonably argue the HyperX 3K was the third to fourth fastest drive in this group. The HyperX 3K has less deviation than the lower tier of drives over all.

 

Typical Consumer Bandwidth

 

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In the recovery slice, we see workload models from what most consumers run against every day. Nearly all of the drives at the bottom of the chart during the heavy workloads are now more competitive, and the HyperX 3K is towards the bottom. This isn't an issue with the HyperX 3K, it's just that newer drives are taking advantage of modern programming and using SLC like layers to increase performance under light workloads.

 

The SLC layer is a small amount of space where the controller writes to the flash in one-bit increments instead of two bits. Under heavy use, the SLC section is turned off or overrun with data, making it ineffective, but under light use, the SLC layer gives very low cost SSDs the feel of a faster drive, which equals a better overall experience.

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