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Kingston HyperX 3K 120GB Solid State Drive Review (Page 2)

By Chris Ramseyer from Aug 28, 2012 @ 0:36 CDT
TweakTown Rating: 94%Manufacturer: Kingston

Specifications, Pricing and Availability

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Kingston does a really good job publishing SSD specifications as you can see. Since the HyperX and HyperX 3K are so close to each other we chose to include both product specifications in this section. The HyperX 3K ships in four user capacity sizes - 90GB, 120GB, 240GB and a large 480GB. Each capacity size is available in two different packages; the model we are looking at today is a bare drive with a desktop adapter bracket, screws and a paper manual. The Upgrade Bundle includes all of those items in addition to an external USB 2.0 case, SATA and USB cables, screw driver with interchangeable heads and drive cloning software. The Upgrade Bundle SKUs usually cost around $20 more than the regular models.

The sequential read and write speeds for the HyperX and HyperX 3K are identical - 550MB/s sequential read and 510MB/s sequential write. Kingston gives different numbers for IOPS performance, but this is the result of the HyperX shipping with 3-Series firmware on release and the HyperX 3K shipping with 5-Series. With the same firmware, both drives should give identical or nearly identical real-world performance.

Today we're focusing on the HyperX 3K 120GB, but keeping our parallelism and compare it to the HyperX 120GB. Newegg lists the 120GB 3K at $109.99 and the HyperX 120GB is at Newegg for $189.99. Both models have the same three year warranty.

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