Kingston HyperX 120GB 2.5" SATA III Solid State Drive (SSD) - SH100S3/120G

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This is my first SSD and having used it for over a month now I will never go back to old school HDD's. I built a new rig for gaming and although I haven't installed any newer games this drive loads a BF2 map in about 10 seconds. Windows 7 loads in 11 seconds (after mobo boot screen) AMAZING! Pros- Fast! I did drive benchmarks using 3 different programs and READ ranged from 425-550. Kingston has truly delivered. Cons- Expensive, but IMO it's worth it. Other thoughts- If doing a fresh install make sure this is the only drive hooked up and change your SATA contoller in bios to AHCI mode. At first I only got speeds of 200-300 because I was running in IDE mode. You can change this post O/S installation by simply making a change in the registry. AMD 1100T GA-990FXA UD3 Evga GTX 560 ti CORSAIR H60 CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB DDR3 CORSAIR 650w Pro Series PSU 1TB WD HDD for storage

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Fast. Very Fast.

by Matt on 9/12/2011

This is my first SSD and having used it for over a month now I will never go back to old school HDD's. I built a new rig for gaming and although I haven't installed any newer games this drive loads a BF2 map in about 10 seconds. Windows 7 loads in 11 seconds (after mobo boot screen) AMAZING! Pros- Fast! I did drive benchmarks using 3 different programs and READ ranged from 425-550. Kingston has truly delivered. Cons- Expensive, but IMO it's worth it. Other thoughts- If doing a fresh install make sure this is the only drive hooked up and change your SATA contoller in bios to AHCI mode. At first I only got speeds of 200-300 because I was running in IDE mode. You can change this post O/S installation by simply making a change in the registry. AMD 1100T GA-990FXA UD3 Evga GTX 560 ti CORSAIR H60 CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB DDR3 CORSAIR 650w Pro Series PSU 1TB WD HDD for storage Read More

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Very Nice

on 5/19/2012

The good: I got this SSD to be my boot drive and installed it in my cpu with no problems. Windows 7 went on without a hitch. It increased my windows experience index for hard drive, ram and processor and it seems very fast. The packaging was very good and the build quality seems very solid. With a newer main board capable of sata 6 it would be great. Customer service promptly answered my call with almost no hold time and they spoke good english! Read More

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Product Overview

Faster Speeds for Serious Users
Kingston’s HyperX SSD combines the latest SandForce controller technology with premium NAND Flash, reducing load times while increasing performance and endurance. It provides high-speed SATA Rev 3.0 (6Gb/s) transfer speeds for larger bandwidth, which power users require for advanced gaming, multitasking and multimedia computing power.

Kingston’s HyperX SSD lets users load games and applications faster, increase frames per second (FPS) and quickly transfer and edit large media files. It’s cool, silent and requires less power with no additional cooling requirements.

When configuring the HyperX SSD partition, the user can choose between having the maximum available capacity for data storage, or give up a little space to increase performance and endurance. This additional space is called over provisioning1 on an SSD. The amount of performance and endurance increase depends upon the type of data being stored on the HyperX SSD. The more data that is MPEG, JPG, ZIP, ARC, file types, the greater the benefit for this increased over provisioning.

HyperX SSD uses an advanced wear leveling technology that distributes writes evenly across all the Flash blocks in the SSD to maximize overall drive endurance. Additionally, this ensures that the individual Flash memory blocks are consumed at a very balanced rate, not to exceed a 2% difference between the most often written blocks and least written. This enables the HyperX SSD to provide the longest possible life for the user while maintaining optimal performance.

HyperX SSD is covered by a three-year warranty and backed by 24/7 live technical support and legendary Kingston reliability.

Other capacities available:

REVIEWS

“This drive either led or was right behind the leader in nearly every benchmark we threw at it. Kingston rates the maximum read/write specifications as 555MB/s for max reads and 510MB/s for max writes.We actually saw slightly more than that on the ATTO benchmark so their numbers appear to be spot on. The combination of the SF-2281 controller and the ONFI 2.2 NAND is a powerful combination. There really isn't another consumer SATA III drive on the market that can claim superiority over the HyperX. At least not that we've seen.”
-Joe Evans, Legit Reviews [Link]

"“Kingston, now using the winning combination of hardware easily competes for the performance crown and as we shown here today, is one of the fastest money can buy.”
-Kyle Bennett, HardOCP [Link]

"“The Kingston HyperX 240GB SSD is one impressive SSD. Everything from its competitive price to the bleeding edge performance numbers it displayed was absolutely top notch and put this drive in enviable company...When you couple great customer service with enhanced life expectancy and then add in cutting edge performance numbers the end result is simple to sum up: the HyperX 240GB SSD is a Dam Good drive. In addition, Kingston’s drive costs less that many of its Toggle Mode NAND-based competitors yet still has the same long life expectancy. In a market that is quickly becoming saturated with a homogenous mass of SF2281 drives, the HyperX stands out as a beacon of innovation and takes a well-deserved place near the very top of our SSD recommendation list.”
-AkG, Hardware Canucks [Link]

"“The Kingston HyperX 240GB SSD is one of the best all around solid state drive products to come across our desk to date...Performance of the HyperX is where this drive really shines as we had already stated that Kingston is only the third manufacturer (in our testing) to see their SSD surpass the all important low 4k random write disk access transfer speed of 100MB/s. This was again confirmed when Kingston became only the second manufacturer to see its SSD reach the 70000 plateau in total point scoring of PCMark Vantage HDD Test Suite. The drive is a power house.”
-Les Tokar, The SSD Review [Link]

“So, how was our overall experience with the drive? Absolutely fantastic. Believe it or not we are not overexaggerating our experience. From the moment we laid our hands on the packaging and started to take apart the product, we've seen great quality not just in packaging but also in the product. The packaging is very customerfriendly and is not a big mess to take apart like some other products we've reviewed.”
-Peter Kapas, Bjorn3D [Link]

“The 240GB HyperX SSD is the fastest 2.5in SandForce SSD to pass through our labs. The drive's performance credentials, unique aesthetic design and optional upgrade kit make it an excellent choice for performance aficionados...Supplementing the award-winning and mainstream SSDNow V+100, the top-end HyperX SSD unites a speedy SF-2281 controller with premium 25nm Intel NAND flash memory and an up-to-date firmware. The result is an astounding level of performance that's right in line with the needs of enthusiasts and power users.”
-Parm Mann, Hexus [Link]

“The Kingston HyperX SSD is the fastest available on the market today...It really doesn't matter what other companies do, though, the HyperX is fast and has the potential to be the 'it' drive for 2011.”
-Chris Ramseyer, TweakTown [Link]

“You certainly can’t go wrong with any of the new Solid State Drives and there is no doubt that the Kingston HyperX 240GB is one of the best on the market today.”
-Zardon, KitGuru [Link]

"Kingston’s patience and fortitude has certainly paid off with the HyperX SSD it clearly showed its leadership with not only the SATA2 SSDs we have tested but also the OCZ Agility 3 that uses the same SATA3 interface and Sandforce controller. In almost every benchmark we reported a superior drive in the HyperX over the Agility 3. The bottom line is: Kingston’s new HyperX SSDs are blisteringly fast and come with an attractive, useful upgrade kit – if you want the best it’s right here!"
-David Mitchelson, Vortez.net [Link]


Specifications

Manufacturer Kingston
Mfg Part# SH100S3/120G
SKU 223025138
UPC 740617191042
UPC 14 00740617191042
Features
Decreased load times of high resolution PC games
Increased frame rates per second for a better gaming experience
HD Video Rendering, Encoding, and Editing
Adobe Applications (Photoshop, Premiere, Light Room)
Pro Tools and other Professional Digital Audio applications
Faster transfers of large media files
Multitasking
AutoCAD
Movie Downloads, Transfers and Syncs
Tech Specs
Form Factor: 2.5"
Controller: SandForce SF-2281
Components: Intel 25nm Compute Quality MLC NAND (5k P/E Cycles)
Interface: SATA Rev 3.0 (6Gb/s), SATA Rev 2.0 (3GB/s)
Capacity: 120GB
Sequential Reads 6Gb/s: 550MB/s
Sequential Writes 6Gb/s: 510MB/s
Sustained Random 4K R/W: 20,000/60,000 IOPS
Max Random 4K R/W: 95,000/70,000 IOPS
PCMARK Vantage HDD Suite Score: 81,196
Supports S.M.A.R.T., TRIM, and Garbage Collection
Power Consumption: 0.455 W (TYP) Idle / 1.6 (TYP) Read / 2.0W (TYP) Write
Dimensions: 69.85mm x 100 mm x 9.5mm
Weight: 81g
Operating Temperatures: 0C ~ 70C
Storage Temperatures: -40C ~ 85C
Shock Resistance: 1500G
Vibration Operating: 2.17G
Vibration non-operating: 20G
MTBF: 1,000,000 Hrs
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