Kingston HyperX 3K 240GB vs. Samsung 830 Series 128GB

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As solid state drives have no spinning platters or moving parts of any kind, they are effectively silent storage devices. It is possible that there could be a tiny bit of electronic noise (typically a high pitched squeal) being emitted, either intermittently depending on task, or continuously, but the HyperX 3K 240GB and 830 Series 128GB were both completely silent. In fact, the only SSD we've ever tested that made any audible noise was the Zalman S Series 128GB model which produced an odd high frequency squeal whenever it was accessed.


Samsung 830 Series 128GB

On paper, the Samsung 830 Series 128GB doesn't appear to match up with the latest SandForce-based SSDs but in the absence of easily compressible data, the 830 is actually faster overall. It took first place in our real-world test suite, edging out the HyperX 3K 240GB by 3% and the Corsair Force GS 240GB by 6%. Furthermore, the 830's slim 7 mm thick form factor along with its superb energy efficiency combine to make it the perfect ultrabook/laptop upgrade drive. The 830 Series is a completely in-house solution (controller, NAND, and firmware all made by Samsung) so presumably they were able to optimize their drive better than the competition as well as cutting costs.

Priced at US$115 for the bare version, it is competitive with the best 120GB SandForce drives and offers a slight advantage in capacity. For an additional $15, the desktop upgrade kit adds a 3.5 inch adapter, SATA power and data cables, and a copy of Norton Ghost (imaging software). Our retail sample also included a voucher for a digital download of Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon: Future Soldier, a well-reviewed game with a US$40 value, though you can't count on its inclusion as it's a limited time offer while supplies last.

Kingston HyperX 3K 240GB

The Kingston HyperX 3K 240GB uncrowned the Corsair Force GS 240GB as the quickest SandForce-based SSD we've tested thus far. It defeated the Force GS in every single one of our real-world tests and some synthetics as well, being particularly adept with compressible data. It's quite a feat considering the Force GS uses more expensive Toggle-mode NAND flash chips which is supposed to give it an advantage over the bulk of SF-2281 models.

With a street price of US$210, the stand-alone HyperX 3K 240GB drive (3.5 inch drive adapter included) is priced similarly to the Force GS, making it a better value. If you're looking for extras, the US$225 upgrade kit provides an additional USB 2.0 enclosure, SATA cable, multipurpose screwdriver, and cloning software. It should also be noted that the 256GB Samsung 830 Series might make a good alternative. According to Samsung's specifications it has faster sequential read/write speeds than the 128GB version and can be had for US$200.

Many thanks to Kingston Technology for the HyperX 3K 240GB sample. The 830 Series 128GB SSD was purchased on line; unfortunately, Samsung makes neither SSD nor HDD samples available for review.

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Kingston HyperX 3K 240GB is Recommended by SPCR

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