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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

Sequential Mixed Read / Write Workloads


In this series of tests, we measure mixed workload performance. We start with 100% read, and then add data writes to the mix in 10% increments until we get to 100% writes. We believe this will be the next major area SSD manufacturers will address after performance consistency.


Sequential Mixed Workload Bandwidth




The low random performance may lead some of us to retire HyperX 3K drives instead of purchasing a new one, but the drive still has many strong areas. None of us just read or just write data exclusively. At any given time, most SSDs are reading and writing small files in the background.


This is a mixed workload test that shows 100% reads moving down to 100% writes in 10% increments. The SandForce architecture is very good under mixed workloads.


Sequential 80% Read / 20% Write Bandwidth




Using the 80% read and 20% write mark as a measuring stick, the HyperX 3K dominates this test. It's also important to know we're using 50% incompressible data in these tests, and not 100% compressible data that would favor SandForce's architecture.


Random Mixed Workload Response Time




In this series, we use 50% read / 50% write random data to measure mixed IOPS performance. On the previous page, the HyperX 3K's IOPS performance looked, well frankly pitiful, against other products. However, here we see that under real-world conditions, the field has leveled out, and the HyperX 3K is actually a competitive product to the latest drives on the market.

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