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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

Final Thoughts




Very few consumer SSDs advertise P/E cycles these days. The NAND flash makers keep this data close to the chest, and leave endurance ratings up to the drive makers since controller technology has significantly increased flash endurance through superior design. P/E cycles shrink with flash die lithography. SandForce was one of the first companies to use superior controller design to extend the life of flash, and the company used real-time compression to reduce the amount of data written to the flash.


Newer SSDs use the SLC layer to absorb random data, and then send that data to the MLC areas as larger sequential data through wear leveling, and other advanced technics. Both work to do the same thing, increase the endurance of the flash, and both have strong arguments over the other depending on workload and the type of data used more often.


The HyperX 3K may be the last product we see that advertises the P/E cycles of the flash. When first released, 3K was considered a value part, but now 3K is a premium part. For most consumers, none of this really matters, but for multimedia professionals who write a significant amount of data to the flash in a production environment, the argument holds more weight.


If you are going to use a consumer SSD under heavy write loads, the HyperX 3K is priced as a value drive for that workload. Consumers will see the increase in cost over products like the SanDisk Ultra II, Crucial MX100, and Samsung 840 EVO, but not receive a proportional performance increase.


In a sense, the HyperX 3K is now like a diesel truck. It's great for hauling heavy loads, but you can drive a number of different vehicles to get groceries, and have a better experience doing so.



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.


United States: The Kingston HyperX 3K 120GB retails for $81.99 at Amazon, the Kingston HyperX 3K 240GB retails for $139.99 at Amazon, and the Kingston HyperX 3K 480GB retails for $289.99 at Amazon.


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.

Product Summary Breakdown

Quality including Design and Build93%
General Features90%
Bundle and Packaging90%
Value for Money86%
Overall TweakTown Rating90%

The Bottom Line: Kingston's HyperX 3K SSD get the job done and works better under heavy workload when compared to other value SSDs. In light use workloads, there are faster products that use newer technology to surpass the HyperX 3K in user experience.

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