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Kingston HyperX 3K 120GB 2.5" SATA III Solid State Drive (SSD) Upgrade Bundle Kit - SH103S3B/120G

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As easy as you might hope to install. They work quite well and for the price are outstanding. The rope does try to jump off the pulley however if you let it go slack.

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Reliable. Decent price

by PC user on 8/9/2012

Almost all the SSD drives perform the same. You can hardly tell the difference with differnt brands unless you are a scientist. However, a key thing to be aware of is reliability. I read a of of technical reviews before making a purchase on the SSD. This model somehow tends to have fewer problems. From what I have read, some reviews on other brands and models would be like "die after 3 months" or "die after 6 months". So, even they are much cheaper, it is not worth the trouble. Imagine what good is the warranty if you lose your data, your time and your access to the laptop. The trouble of having a bad drive is a lot costly than the price of the drive. Meanwhile, there is free (legal) ssd migration software. I tested Aomei Partition Assistant Home Edition and it works perfectly with this SSD. Only issue is the program is slow compared to Paragon SSD (not a free edition). Still, it does the job. And I bought a second drive afterward and tested in Windows Vista and Windows 7.

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on 10/10/2012

As easy as you might hope to install. They work quite well and for the price are outstanding. The rope does try to jump off the pulley however if you let it go slack.

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Kingston’s HyperX 3K SSD features a second-generation SandForce controller that delivers high-speed SATA Rev. 3.0 (6Gb/s) performance for ultra-responsive gaming, multi-tasking and multimedia computing power at an exceptional price. It has advanced wear leveling and DuraClass technology for data integrity protection and ultimate endurance over the life of the drive. Available in bundle kits with all the accessories needed, HyperX 3K SSD is backed by a three-year warranty, free technical support and legendary Kingston reliability.

HyperX performance at an exceptional price. Budget-minded gamers and enthusiasts will benefit from the lower price of Kingston’s new HyperX 3K SSD. This solid-state drive combines premium 3000 program-erase cycle synchronous NAND with the second-generation SandForce controller. Its lower price means more users can experience ultra responsive gaming, multitasking and multimedia computing power.


With Kingston's latest performance is, thankfully, unharmed. The HyperX 3K performs just as well as the 5K rated HyperX drive...If you've had a good experience with the HyperX in a system, then the HyperX 3K is a no-brainer. You get similar, already great, performance at a lower cost.

-AnandTech [Link]

When we look at the HyperX 3K specifically, it lives up to the promise. We found performance to be roughly the same to the HyperX, some a little slower, some a little faster, but a net neutral in aggregate. In retail the 3K is for the most part less expensive than the original, but in talking to Kingston, it's clear they plan on promotions and other activities to drive the retail price of the 3K down, so the mainstream buyers can take advantage of the 3K's enthusiast speeds...Kingston promised a less expensive SSD in the HyperX 3K, with the same performance as the original HyperX. They delivered on both counts, lowering the price threshold for enthusiast-grade SSD performance. Sure consumers give up write cycles, but few will hit 3,000 P/E cycles anyway and while Kingston won't say it, the drive will probably long outlast the quoted endurance figures. [Link]

We have reviewed around 30 Solid State Drives powered by the Sandforce 2281 controller in the last year and it is becoming increasingly difficult to talk about the same controller in so many reviews. Thankfully Kingston are realising that to get noticed in this market that they need to focus on the price point. In regards to performance, we doubt the target audience will have any complaints. It is in the top group of Sandforce 2281 drives on the market, delivering 555 MB/s sequential read and 528 MB/s sequential write in the ATTO Benchmark. As we noted earlier, the write result is actually higher than the Kingston official claim of 510 MB/s. Kingston have managed to achieve their goals, releasing a high performance drive at the lowest possible price. It really is rather silly to ignore it.
-KitGuru [Link]

Kingston’s installation kit is certainly worth the small premium and the included accessories are great for desktop and laptop installs alike. The USB enclosure looks great and the screwdriver is a nice touch. The Acronis migration disk is a bootable CD and the software is arguably the most easy to use migration tool out there. Kingston’s performance is still at the top of the SandForce heap, just as the original HyperX was, and still is. Speed with both compressible and incompressible alike is great, and low queue depth random read and write performance is exemplary too. Kingston has succeeded in giving enthusiasts another compelling choice, one which makes the tradeoff between high endurance and lower price. This would be troubling if the 3K was replacing the original version, but since the two lines will co-exist, this only gives potential buyers more choice. We have decided to award the HyperX with our Editor’s Choice Award in recognition of its aesthetics, price and incredible performance.

What makes HyperX valuable is all of the accessories which come with it. What you are looking at is basically an upgrade package which is designed to help you migrate/clone your existing hard drive to HyperX. HyperX comes with a stylish USB 2.0 enclosure and everything you need to install HyperX in to the computer. What is very valuable here is the Acronis Clone software which comes on a cd. Our experience with Acronis has been nothing more than great as they make some of the best cloning applications available. HyperX 3k has been structured to be gamers best friend. While providing great performance and give you crazy fast access times HyperX has a lot to offer to a daily user or even developer. From price point perspective HyperX 3k is a budget friendly unit. Bottom line is if you are looking for a performance SSD with great features and speed then HyperX 3k just might be a right choice for you! Buy it, you won't be disappointed. [Link]


Manufacturer Kingston
Mfg Part# SH103S3B/120G
SKU 230306363
UPC 740617200881
UPC 14 00740617200881
Drive Interface SATA
Drive Interface Standard SATA/600
Maximum Read Transfer Rate 555 MB/s
Maximum Write Transfer Rate 510 MB/s
Product Type Solid State Drive
Manufacturer Part Number SH103S3B/120G
Manufacturer Kingston Technology Company
Product Name 120GB HyperX Upgrade Bundle Kit
Product Line HyperX
Product Series 3K
Brand Name Kingston
Environmentally Friendly Yes
Environmental Certification WEEE / RoHS / REACH
Package Contents 120GB HyperX Upgrade Bundle Kit2.5" USB Enclosure3.5" BracketMounting ScrewsSATA Data CableInstallation GuideMulti-bit Screw Driver
Weight (Approximate) 3.42 oz
Color Black
Drive Type Internal
Height 0.4"
Width 2.8"
Depth 3.9"
Drive Width 2.5"
Storage Capacity 120 GB
Limited Warranty 3 Year
Tech Specs
Form factor: 2.5"
Controller: SandForce SF-2281
Components: MLC NAND (3k P/E Cycles)
Interface: SATA Rev 3.0 (6Gb/s), SATA Rev 2.0 (3Gb/s)
Capacities: 90GB, 120GB, 240GB, 480GB
Sequential reads: SATA Rev. 3.0 90GB / 120GB / 240GB – 555MB/s 480GB – 540MB/s
Sequential writes: SATA Rev. 3.0 90GB / 120GB / 240GB – 510MB/s 480GB – 450MB/s
Sustained Random 4K R/W: 90GB – 20,000/50,000IOPS 120GB – 20,000/60,000IOPS 240GB – 40,000/57,000IOPS 480GB – 60,000/45,000IOPS
Max Random 4K R/W: 90GB – 85,000/74,000 IOPS 120GB – 85,000/73,000 IOPS 240GB – 86,000/60,000 IOPS 480GB – 75,000/48,000 IOPS
PCMARK Vantage HDD Suite Score: 90GB / 120GB / 240GB / 480GB: 60,000
Supports: S.M.A.R.T., TRIM, and Garbage Collection
Power Consumption: 0.455 W (TYP) Idle / 1.58 W (TYP) Read / 2.11 W (TYP) Write
Dimensions: 69.85mm x 100mm x 9.5mm
Weight: 97g
Operating temperatures: 0°C ~ 70°C
Storage temperatures: -40°C ~ 85°C
Shock Resistance: 1500G
Vibration operating: 2.17G
Vibration non-operating: 20G
MTBF: 1,000,000 Hrs
Total Bytes Written (TBW): 90GB: 57.6TB 120GB: 76.8TB 240GB: 153.6TB 480GB: 307.2TB
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