Kingston HyperX 3K 120GB SSD Review

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Real World Performance

A Windows 7 image loaded with our test suite was cloned to a 50GB partition at the beginning of each drive after a complete format. Our entire test suite was run start to finish three times with a defragmentation (SSDs and hybrid drives excluded) and reboot between runs. Average times were collected for comparison.

Increasing loading speeds is one of the main reasons users upgrade to SSDs. In this area, the smaller 120/128GB SandForce drives have the edge, completing these tests about 2 seconds faster overall than the larger, high performance models.

In our application tests, the HyperX 3K 120GB produced numbers close to that of similar capacity mid-range SandForce drives from Intel and ADATA. In TrueCrypt, primarily a write speed test, it finished 9% slower than the 240GB version.

The HyperX 3K 120GB performed well in our file copy tests, finishing in the top half of the drives compared, just ahead of the Corsair Force GS 240GB, thanks to an excellent result with small files.

Our installation tests illustrated once again, a slight divide between the 120/128GB SandForce models and their bigger 240GB cousins. The installation times for 3DMark were very close across the board, but the HyperX 3K 120GB and its compatriots were about 4 seconds slower when installing PowerDVD.

To accurately represent the overall results of our real world performance tests, we gave each model a proportional score in each benchmark series (loading, application, file copy, and installation) with each benchmark set equally weighted. The scale has been adjusted so that among the drives compared, a perfectly average model would score 100 points.

The HyperX 3K 120GB scored 104.4 points on our scale, putting it almost directly in between the Intel 520 Series 120GB and ADATA SX910 128GB. The difference in scores between these three drives and even the Corsair Force GS 240GB are quite small, so it looks like a toss-up in terms of real world performance.

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