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HyperX 3K

Kingston’s HyperX 3K is the less expensive version of the Hyper X SSD. The slash in price is due to the use of 3k PE rated NAND flash memory, hence the name. In retrospect, the original Hyper X utilized 5k PE rated NAND flash memory.

The solid state drive is capable of reaching a max speeds of 555 MB/s and 510 MB/s for sequential read and write respectively. Capacities include 90 GB, 120 GB, 240 GB and 480 GB. The maximum read IOPS is listed as 86,000 while the maximum write IOPS is at 74,000. Maximum sustained IOPS numbers are both 60,000 for read and write.

Like the original Hyper X, this drive is powered by SandForce’s SF-2281 controller which also indicates that it supports SATA III 6 Gb/s interface. 25nm NAND modules are used in MLC format. The HyperX 3K comes with a warranty of three years and a Mean Time Between Failure of 1,000,000 hours.


  • Sequential Read: Up to 555 MB/second
  • Sequential Write: Up to 510 MB/second
  • NAND type: MLC
  • Interface: SATA 3 6GBps
  • Controller: SandForce SF-2281
  • Form Factor: 2.5 inches
  • DRAM Cache: None
  • Power Consumption (Active): 1.6W
  • Power Consumption (Idle): 0.45W
  • TRIM support: Yes
  • SMART support: Yes
  • Warranty: 3 years
  • MTBF: 1,000,000 hours

Part Numbers:

  • 90GB: SH103S3/90G
  • 120GB: SH103S3/120G
  • 240GB: SH103S3/240G
  • 480GB: SH103S3/480G

Price Comparison:

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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.


A high value for money drive, ideal for a wide audience of enthusiast user. Less than £1 per GB, well done Kingston!


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.

One response to “HyperX 3K”

  1. jchap says:

    I noticed a discrepancy, if you could clarify for me..

    “..and a Mean Time Between Failure of 2,000,000 hours.”

    then, under specs, it says “MTBF: 1,000,000 hours”

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