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Kingston HyperX 3K SH103S3/120G 2.5" 120GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) (Stand-Alone Drive)

  • 2.5"
  • 120GB
  • SATA III
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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 Toggle NAND with the second-generation SandForce controller. Its lower price means more users can experience ultra-responsive gaming, multitasking and multimedia computing power. 3K loads games and applications faster, increases frames per second (FPS) for an improved gaming experience and allows for quick transfers and edits of large media files. HyperX 3K provides high-speed SATA Rev. 3.0 (6Gb/s) performance and blazing fast random and sequential read/write speeds. SandForce DuraClass technology provides the latest data integrity protection for ultimate endurance over the entire life of the drive. HyperX 3K SSD comes in a sleek, black and aluminum case design, accentuating the look of any power user’s system.

 

  • newegg Engineered for Cost-effective performance The Kingston HyperX 3K Solid State Drives are designed and built for cost-effective performance. By leveraging the latest SATA 6Gbps interface and the second generation of SandForce SSD controller (SF-2281) which features the award winning DuraClass Technology, the HyperX 3K 120GB version pushes the limits in both sequential and random data transfer rates with up to 555MB/s read and 510MB/s write, plus incredible sustained 4KB read/write performance of 20,000/60,000 IOPS. This significantly improves your productivity, gaming, multimedia, and overall computing experience. It is backwards compatible with SATA II / 3Gbps. (Rated speeds may vary slightly depending on the benchmark used, drivers, windows version, bios version and file size.)
  • newegg SSD Benefits Unlike traditional hard disk drives, SSDs have no moving parts, resulting in a quiet, cool, highly reliable storage solution that also offers faster application loading and system responsiveness. And for laptops and netbooks, the lower power needs of SSD’s translate to extended battery life. Higher performance with more durability means you can be truly mobile with confidence.
  • newegg TRIM Support The Kingston HyperX 3K offers native TRIM support featured in Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2. Designed to maintain the performance of SSD at an optimal level over the lifetime of the drive, TRIM functions by actively deleting invalid data from the SSD’s memory cells to ensure that write operations perform at full speed. Since a memory block must be erased before it can be re-programmed, TRIM improves performance by pro-actively erasing pages containing invalid data, allowing the SSD to write new data without first having to perform a time-consuming erase command.
  • newegg S.M.A.R.T. Technology The Kingston HyperX 3K adopts Self-Monitoring, Analysis and Reporting Technology (S.M.A.R.T.) Technology which enables the PC to predict the future failure. Through the SMART system, the solid state drive incorporates a suite of advanced diagnostics that monitor the internal operations of a drive and provide an early warning for many types of potential problems. When a potential problem is detected, the solid state drive can be replaced before any data is lost or damaged.
  • newegg 3.5” bracket included The HyperX 3K solid state drive features a standard 2.5-inch form factor for compatibility with notebooks and select desktops. Kingston HyperX 3K stand-alone drive also includes mounting screws and a 2.5-inch to 3.5-inch mounting bracket for compatibility with standard hard drive mounting.

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 Toggle NAND with the second-generation SandForce controller. Its lower price means more users can experience ultra-responsive gaming, multitasking and multimedia computing power. 3K loads games and applications faster, increases frames per second (FPS) for an improved gaming experience and allows for quick transfers and edits of large media files. HyperX 3K provides high-speed SATA Rev. 3.0 (6Gb/s) performance and blazing fast random and sequential read/write speeds. SandForce DuraClass technology provides the latest data integrity protection for ultimate endurance over the entire life of the drive. HyperX 3K SSD comes in a sleek, black and aluminum case design, accentuating the look of any power user’s system.

  • newegg Engineered for Cost-effective performance The Kingston HyperX 3K Solid State Drives are designed and built for cost-effective performance. By leveraging the latest SATA 6Gbps interface and the second generation of SandForce SSD controller (SF-2281) which features the award winning DuraClass Technology, the HyperX 3K 240GB version pushes the limits in both sequential and random data transfer rates with up to 555MB/s read and 510MB/s write, plus incredible sustained 4KB read/write performance of 40,000/57,000 IOPS. This significantly improves your productivity, gaming, multimedia, and overall computing experience. It is backwards compatible with SATA II / 3Gbps. (Rated speeds may vary slightly depending on the benchmark used, drivers, windows version, bios version and file size.)
  • newegg SSD Benefits Unlike traditional hard disk drives, SSDs have no moving parts, resulting in a quiet, cool, highly reliable storage solution that also offers faster application loading and system responsiveness. And for laptops and netbooks, the lower power needs of SSD’s translate to extended battery life. Higher performance with more durability means you can be truly mobile with confidence.
  • newegg TRIM Support The Kingston HyperX 3K offers native TRIM support featured in Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2. Designed to maintain the performance of SSD at an optimal level over the lifetime of the drive, TRIM functions by actively deleting invalid data from the SSD’s memory cells to ensure that write operations perform at full speed. Since a memory block must be erased before it can be re-programmed, TRIM improves performance by pro-actively erasing pages containing invalid data, allowing the SSD to write new data without first having to perform a time-consuming erase command.
  • newegg S.M.A.R.T. Technology The Kingston HyperX 3K adopts Self-Monitoring, Analysis and Reporting Technology (S.M.A.R.T.) Technology which enables the PC to predict the future failure. Through the SMART system, the solid state drive incorporates a suite of advanced diagnostics that monitor the internal operations of a drive and provide an early warning for many types of potential problems. When a potential problem is detected, the solid state drive can be replaced before any data is lost or damaged.
  • newegg 3.5” bracket included The HyperX 3K solid state drive features a standard 2.5-inch form factor for compatibility with notebooks and select desktops. Kingston HyperX 3K stand-alone drive also includes mounting screws and a 2.5-inch to 3.5-inch mounting bracket for compatibility with standard hard drive mounting.

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 Toggle NAND with the second-generation SandForce controller. Its lower price means more users can experience ultra-responsive gaming, multitasking and multimedia computing power. 3K loads games and applications faster, increases frames per second (FPS) for an improved gaming experience and allows for quick transfers and edits of large media files. HyperX 3K provides high-speed SATA Rev. 3.0 (6Gb/s) performance and blazing fast random and sequential read/write speeds. SandForce DuraClass technology provides the latest data integrity protection for ultimate endurance over the entire life of the drive. HyperX 3K SSD comes in a sleek, black and aluminum case design, accentuating the look of any power user’s system.

 

  • newegg Engineered for Cost-effective performance The Kingston HyperX 3K Solid State Drives are designed and built for cost-effective performance. By leveraging the latest SATA 6Gbps interface and the second generation of SandForce SSD controller (SF-2281) which features the award winning DuraClass Technology, the HyperX 3K 480GB version pushes the limits in both sequential and random data transfer rates with up to 540MB/s read and 450MB/s write, plus incredible sustained 4KB read/write performance of 60,000/45,000 IOPS. This significantly improves your productivity, gaming, multimedia, and overall computing experience. It is backwards compatible with SATA II / 3Gbps. (Rated speeds may vary slightly depending on the benchmark used, drivers, windows version, bios version and file size.)
  • newegg SSD Benefits Unlike traditional hard disk drives, SSDs have no moving parts, resulting in a quiet, cool, highly reliable storage solution that also offers faster application loading and system responsiveness. And for laptops and netbooks, the lower power needs of SSD’s translate to extended battery life. Higher performance with more durability means you can be truly mobile with confidence.
  • newegg TRIM Support The Kingston HyperX 3K offers native TRIM support featured in Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2. Designed to maintain the performance of SSD at an optimal level over the lifetime of the drive, TRIM functions by actively deleting invalid data from the SSD’s memory cells to ensure that write operations perform at full speed. Since a memory block must be erased before it can be re-programmed, TRIM improves performance by pro-actively erasing pages containing invalid data, allowing the SSD to write new data without first having to perform a time-consuming erase command.
  • newegg S.M.A.R.T. Technology The Kingston HyperX 3K adopts Self-Monitoring, Analysis and Reporting Technology (S.M.A.R.T.) Technology which enables the PC to predict the future failure. Through the SMART system, the solid state drive incorporates a suite of advanced diagnostics that monitor the internal operations of a drive and provide an early warning for many types of potential problems. When a potential problem is detected, the solid state drive can be replaced before any data is lost or damaged.
  • newegg 3.5” bracket included The HyperX 3K solid state drive features a standard 2.5-inch form factor for compatibility with notebooks and select desktops. Kingston HyperX 3K stand-alone drive also includes mounting screws and a 2.5-inch to 3.5-inch mounting bracket for compatibility with standard hard drive mounting.


Learn more about the HyperX SH103S3/120G

General

Brand
Kingston
Series
HyperX 3K
Model
SH103S3/120G
Device Type
Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) (Stand-Alone Drive)
Used For
Consumer

Physical

Form Factor
2.5"
Capacity
120GB
Memory Components
MLC
Interface
SATA III
Controller
SandForce
Width
69.85mm
Depth
100mm
Height
9.5mm
Weight
97g

Performance

Max Sequential Read
Up to 555 MB/s
Max Sequential Write
Up to 510 MB/s
4KB Random Read
Up to 85,000 IOPS
4KB Random Write
Up to 73,000 IOPS
MTBF
1,000,000 hours

Features

Features
Sustained Random 4K R/W: 20,000/60,000 IOPS

Applications
- Decreased load times of high-resolution PC games
- Increased frame rates per second for a better gaming experience
- Faster transfers of large media files
- Multitasking
- AutoCAD
- Movie downloads, transfers and syncs

Environmental

Power Consumption (Idle)
0.46W
Power Consumption (Active)
2.11W
Operating Temperature
0°C ~ +70°C
Storage Temperature
-40°C ~ +85°C
Max Shock Resistance
1500G
Max Vibration Resistance
Vibration operating 2.17G
Vibration non-operating 20G

Package Content

Package Content
2.5" SSD
3.5" bracket and mounting screws

Quick Info

Warranty

  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 3 years
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 3 years


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  • Anonymous
  • 4/17/2014 11:17:21 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsRevitalized an old laptop

This review is from: Kingston HyperX 3K SH103S3/120G 2.5" 120GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) (Stand-Alone Drive)

Pros: Upgraded an old Dell Inspiron 1420 with this and it felt like getting a new computer. Scored a 7.8 on the Windows Experience Index.

Cons: The included bracket is not compatible with the screwless drive mounts in the Antec 302, so I wasn't able to use that with the replaced laptop drive in my desktop.

Other Thoughts: Good buy, no regrets.

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  • Chad N.
  • 4/16/2014 4:55:23 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsMore than I could ask for!

This review is from: Kingston HyperX 3K SH103S3/120G 2.5" 120GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) (Stand-Alone Drive)

Pros: Used in a business setting for some Dell Laptops. We initially bought 5 to test out for our field guys and they love them. Speed is excellent, stylish if your into that thing, came with the mount adapters(saved for later with us). Great Product.

Cons: Too soon to tell. Haven't seen any yet, but haven't had them long at all.

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  • Tex W.
  • 4/16/2014 4:05:46 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsSpeed... OK

This review is from: Kingston HyperX 3K SH103S3/120G 2.5" 120GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) (Stand-Alone Drive)

Pros: Easy to set up! Comes with it's own mounting bracket. Looks great! Comes with a sticker. Works well. Reliable brand. PRICE!!!

Cons: Disappointed about the speed. It got a 5.9 on Windows speed index. Same as my laptop 5.4K drive. Eh.

Other Thoughts: I got this because my NLE was importing high bitrate video too slowly and frames were getting dropped left and right (not to mention it was XP). So I upgraded with a vista license I had lying around and slapped this Hyper X in the box and upgraded my video card... (Vista prem 32, 3GB 800MHz RAM, 1GB NVidea GeForce 210 PCIE 16X) it definitely runs smooth, but SSD's compared to platters? I expected more from my first SSD purchase. Especially being a small capacity drive. Figured it would blow me away. But I guess I have no complaints, because it technically has not lagged yet. Also... data transfer rates between this SSD and a pair of WD 10K RPM velociraptor drives RAID0 striped over GigE LAN was getting about 80MB/s. Again... eh.

Manufacturer Response:

Hello, I'm Jewel with Kingston Technical Support and would like to offer some clarification. There are multiple factors that would hamper the performance of the HyperX 3K SSD. Since you computer is using 800MHz RAM that would mean it is using DDR2 memory and would most likely have a SATAII connection at best for drives. The HyperX 3K is a SATAIII drive and would be limited to the maximum the system bus would allow around 280MB/s read and write which is only about 3-4times faster than a good HDD. The mind blowing 10 times faster speed of 555MB/s read and 510MB/s write expected of this drive is only seen when it is connected to a SATAIII port that fully supports it's capability. Should you experience any issues with the drive, please call us at 1-800-435-0640 (USA and Canada only) M - F 6am - 6pm PT and I or another available Technician will assist you. Be sure to have the part in question on hand when you call.

Thank you for selecting Kingston as your upgrade partner.

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  • Yang H.
  • 4/16/2014 3:07:19 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsfailed in less than 2 yrs

This review is from: Kingston HyperX 3K SH103S3/120G 2.5" 120GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) (Stand-Alone Drive)

Pros: ssd speed
includes mounting bracket

Cons: failed in less than 2 yrs

Other Thoughts: requested RMA from Kingston - let's see how good their service is...

Manufacturer Response:

Hi, I'm Jewel with Kingston Technical Support. We apologize for the issue experienced with the HyperX 3K SSD. We stand by our products and can replace it under it's three year warranty. If you submitted a request through email it can take 1-2 business days for response depending on volume. For immediate set up, you can contact us by phone with the drive in hand and we can usually get you set up within 15 minutes. Please call us at 1-800-435-0640 (USA and Canada only) M - F 6am - 6pm PT and I or another available Technician will assist you. Be sure to have the part in question on hand when you call.

Thank you for selecting Kingston as your upgrade partner.

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  • Theodore S.
  • 4/10/2014 9:20:18 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat SSD for the price

This review is from: Kingston HyperX 3K SH103S3/120G 2.5" 120GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) (Stand-Alone Drive)

Pros: Bought for my first non Intel build. Covers the A5800 AMD's bum for sluggish speed. Not a single hiccup..

Cons: None

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  • Brice D.
  • 4/6/2014 5:42:15 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat card even after 2 years.

This review is from: Kingston HyperX 3K SH103S3/120G 2.5" 120GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) (Stand-Alone Drive)

Pros: Great SSD that has been rock solid for the 2 years I've owned it.
With a fresh install of windows, this thing would boot from full power off to ready to go on the desktop in under 20 seconds.

Cons: It's not a con for this particular card, but anyone wanting to game with this, I recommend going at least 240G or higher.

With the 120G version, I can only have either SC2, WoW or D3 installed on the SSD, with the other 2 needing to go on the HDD secondary.

I was on a budget at the time of buying this, but it is my one regret.

Other Thoughts: From Kingston SSD Toolbox V1.0 after 2 years of ownership:

SMART READ DATA
Revision: 10
Attributes List
1: (SSD Raw Read Error Rate) Normalized Rate: 100 Sectors Read: 3563005 Read Errors: 0
5: (SSD Retired Block Count) Spare blocks remaining 100% Retired Block 0
9: (SSD Power-On Hours) Value 0 Total 15699 hrs 7 mins
12: (SSD Power Cycle Count) Power Cycle Life Remaining 100% Number of power cycles 32
171: (SSD Program Fail Count) Program Error Count 0
172: (SSD Erase Fail Count) Erase Error Count 0
174: (SSD Unexpected power loss count) Unexpected power loss Count 47
177: (Wear Range Delta) Wear Range Delta 4%
181: (Program Fail Count) Program Error Count 0
182: (Erase Fail Count) Erase Error Count 0
187: (SSD Reported Uncorrectable Errors) Normalized Value 100 lifetime URAISE Errors 0
194: (SSD Temperature Monitoring) Normalized temp 22 Current 22 High 82 Low 17
195: (SSD ECC On-the-fly Count) Normalized Value 120 Sectors Read 3563005 UECC Count 0
196: (SSD Reallocation Event Count) Normalized Value 100 Reallocation Event Count 0
201: (SSD Uncorrectable Soft Read Error Rate)Normalized Value 120 Sectors Read 3563005 Uncorrectable Soft Error Count 0
204: (SSD Soft ECC Correction Rate (RAISE) Normalized Value 120 Sectors Read 3563005 Soft ECC Correction Count 0
230: (SSD Life Curve Status) Normalized Value 100
231: (SSD Life Left) Life Remaining 100%
233: (SSD Internal Reserved) 3785
234: (SSD Internal Reserved) 1550
241: (SSD Lifetime writes from host) lifetime writes 1550
242: (SSD Lifetime reads from host) lifetime reads 2532

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  • Anonymous
  • 4/4/2014 3:20:57 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGotd***

This review is from: Kingston HyperX 3K SH103S3/120G 2.5" 120GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) (Stand-Alone Drive)

Pros: This is a very very fast SSD, and the absolute best value. This has served me as a boot drive for almost 2 years. This is basically a monster. It flooded in my basement. This SSD survived while my HDD did not. Well worth the money, don't think twice!

Cons: None that I can't think of. Possibly at 7mm form factor? That's a personal problem though.

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  • Robert A.
  • 4/4/2014 2:20:19 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsBlazer

This review is from: Kingston HyperX 3K SH103S3/120G 2.5" 120GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) (Stand-Alone Drive)

Pros: Fast. Wear speed is minimal.

Cons: None.

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  • Stephen M.
  • 4/4/2014 1:32:13 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsThe best by far.

This review is from: Kingston HyperX 3K SH103S3/120G 2.5" 120GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) (Stand-Alone Drive)

Pros: Get this for you're OS and you're top played game's. This is the best SSD you can get for the money. Yes there are cheaper SSD's but this one is only a few buck's more and well worth it.

Cons: Not any so far.

Other Thoughts: I just did a upgrade from a Core2Quad to a i5 4670k and if you can afford it. Go with 120GB for you're OS and top played games and then get one or two more 240GB and get a nice 2TB USB 3.0 drive for backup and other large files.

I plan on getting either one more so I don't have any HDD's in my case only SSD's. It make's you're case so much cooler and not as heavy. Along with SSD's being so crazy fast you could never go back to a normal HDD as you're OS/boot Drive.

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  • Gordon H.
  • 3/29/2014 2:42:29 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat

This review is from: Kingston HyperX 3K SH103S3/120G 2.5" 120GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) (Stand-Alone Drive)

Pros: Super fast

Cons: none

Other Thoughts: Smokin fast drive. Boot into desktop in around 10 seconds. No problems after 14 months.

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