Solid State Drive’s or as they are more widely known (SSD’s) has been touted as the single best upgrade you can have in any PC system or laptop and to be quite honest, I couldn’t agree more. Over the past couple of years in particular we have seen many brands put their own dent in the world of flash storage technology and the choice of controllers are pretty extensive; especially compared to a few years ago. Today however it will be Kingston Technologies turn to blast through our storage benchmarks and effectively try to leave a lasting impression on us.
Kingston Technology was founded in Fountain Valley, California USA and manufacturer/produce a large range of flash storage devices such as SSDs and USB drives; not to mention SSDs and even digital audio players. Last year they had a $6 billion turnover which you have to admit, shows their predominance in the market and with the HyperX brand rising in popularity, Kingston can be considered one of the global leaders in its field.
Today I will be taking a look at Kingston’s HyperX 3K 120GB SSD which features the SandForce SF-2281 controller and 25mn MLC NAND silicon technology. It also comes in 120GB, 240GB and 480GB variants but as previously mentioned I will be testing out the 120GB version which currently retails at around £60. Obviously this particular drive has been out for a couple of years but it still remains one of the most popular drives from a consumer point of view and today, I intend to find out if it can still kick proverbial ass. So without further ado, let’s take a look at the specifications…
What Kingston has to say about their HyperX 3K SSD:
HyperX 3K delivers extreme performance for the extreme performer with high-speed SATA Rev. 3.0 (6Gb/s) and blazing fast random and sequential read/write speeds. It combines premium 3000 program-erase cycle NAND with a second-generation SandForce® controller. Its sleek black look is perfect for power users. The new USB 3.0 external enclosure offers transfer speeds of up to 10 times faster when upgrading to an SSD.