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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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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
Height
9.5mm
Width
69.85mm
Depth
100mm
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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  • Victor M.
  • 9/2/2014 3:07:35 AM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

1 out of 5 eggsDead.

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

Pros: Died after 2 months.
The performance degradation was apparent after the first week. \
Still waiting on responses from Kingston.
Slow write speed even with one large file.

Cons: Boots faster than a HDD and my Intel X-25V 40GB
After installing Windows on the Kingston Hyper X3k 120Gb I had a terrible experience with my PC.

Other Thoughts: $%&*...why. oh why did i pick this one?

Manufacturer Response:

Hello, I'm Jewel with Kingston Technical Support. We apologize for the issue experienced with the HyperX 3K drive. We are here to help and can troubleshoot with you to determine what may be causing the issue. If needed the drive can be replaced under it's three year warranty. If you emailed in responses typically take one business day. For immediate assistance, 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.

Thank you for selecting Kingston as your upgrade partner.

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  • Andrian C.
  • 8/28/2014 7:41:11 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsFantastic while it worked

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

Pros: Installed Windows 8.1 in 5 minutes, very quick boot up time, and the rest of SSD benefits. Should still be able to replace the defective hard drive, which is still a "pro".

Cons: OS no longer operational after about 9 months. Have the option of reinstalling the OS, but not going to take the chance. Bought it when it was more expensive.

Other Thoughts: Will reformat drive and use for media over my network when I receive the replacement, but can't trust again for an OS. Going with a higher end drive instead.

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  • William G.
  • 8/21/2014 5:05:38 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat product as expected from HyperX

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

Pros: Nice looking and works great! Bought it on rebate so cant get any better than this!

Cons: None!

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  • Anonymous
  • 8/18/2014 6:28:03 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggs

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 and cheaper than most SSDs.
3 year warranty

Cons: Cheap plastic sata connection

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  • Anonymous
  • 8/15/2014 12:46:24 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsOne of the fastest SSDs that I have ever purchased.

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

Pros: so far this is the second fastest sad that I have ever purchased, turns pc on in less than 20 sec, shutdown in 3-5 sec,

Cons: color should be black,

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  • ALLEZ C.
  • 8/15/2014 9:27:13 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat OS SSD

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

Pros: -Very fast
-Smaller than I thought
-Absolutely no noise or vibration
-Great Bang for your buck

Cons: -None so far

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  • Matthew P.
  • 8/14/2014 7:34:58 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year

1 out of 5 eggsYada Yada

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

Pros: It is small.

Cons: I sent one back within less than a year. I should note I bought two around the same time, as well as the same exact model but a 240GB.

Neither of the 120's was ever any good on speeds. They never went above 170 write speeds. A good 7200RPM spinning drive can hit 130.

These speeds are completely unacceptable for any SSD drive. They can't even hit 200 on all tests performed!

Kingston HyperX 120 is the only SSD that does this in existence. Most any lab test site on the net will confirm my own findings and say how slow this drive is (don't bother believing Kingston's own claims about how they test, what they test with etc, their claims are garbage).

The replacement drive had the exact same speed issues as the first two. The 240GB however is flawless, very fast.

Yes, they are plugged in to SATA III 6 GB/s ports. No, there is absolutely nothing bottlenecking any of the drives. Yes, I have tried multiple cables and power plugins. Yes, I've been building compters for years. No, I do not believe Kingston's excuses, especially because their replacement drive had the same issues. OH, and did I mention, other-branded SSD's with exactly the same hookup in the same box work FINE? I won't get into names because Newegg will probly censor the review if I do...think best TV maker and you will know.

Other Thoughts: I cannot recommend buying the HyperX 120, they have some flaw in them that makes the write speeds horrifically slow for an SSD. One, I could chalk up to a one-off. Two, a bad batch out of the factory. THREE?? And one being a replacement almost a year later? Nope, they are junk. Do not buy. Other brands do not have this issue. Even their own brand 240 does not have this issue.

Kingston "Jewel" please do not bother coming and making excuses. I know what I'm doing, and anything you say will not convince me these drives do not have some fundamental flaw that the company was aware of and chose to ignore.

Manufacturer Response:

Hello, I'm Jewel with Kingston Technical Support and would like to offer you our assistance. As you stated, it does not make sense that three separate drives would perform below standards. We perform 100% testing on all of our products to ensure quality and reliability, detailed here: http://www.kingston.com/us/company/testing . Our advertised read/write speeds are determined by testing with ATTO Benchmark which uses compressible data in it's workload which does cause some discrepancy compared to other benchmarking utilities which used mixed or incompressible data in thier workloads. The results would still typically be over 300MB/s. One possibility is if your system has an AMD motherboard chipset, we have seen some intermittent performance issues with AMD SATA controller drivers. This is usually alleviated by using the 'Standard AHCI' or 'Microsoft AHCI' controller drivers. If this makes no difference we can further investigate the problem in order to develop a proper resolution. 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.

Thank you for selecting Kingston as your upgrade partner.

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  • Cody L.
  • 8/11/2014 12:21:30 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsNew life in my 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: Fast, and so far reliable. Laptop stays on most the day and i have not had any problems. I have windows 8 running on it. Dell vostro 1710. Loads fast, good read/write speed after 1 year of ownership.

Cons: Did not buy more space. But gets the job done.

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  • Bruce S.
  • 8/10/2014 9:24:08 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsHappy

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

Pros: Boot time went from 63 sec. to 23 sec.and shuts down in 5 sec. It so much faster than the WD blue 5400 that was the original. Acer Aspire 7736z- 4809 T4300 2.1GHz 4GB Mem 320GB HDD. Can't say anything bad about something that performs so well. A lot less heat and super quiet as expected. Might have to try their Kingston SSDNow V300 Series SV300S37A/120G 2.5" 120GB SATA III Internal Solid State Drive as this one is such a super improvement over the mech. HDD.

Cons: NONE!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • Tim P.
  • 8/8/2014 9:09:42 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsFast, no issues at all

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

Pros: So much faster than an HDD
Reliable

Cons: none

Other Thoughts: Been using this as my windows boot drive for about 18 months now without a single issue. Went through 3 computers; loaded Windows and Ubuntu probably 10 times during this period. Never a BSOD or hiccup of any kind. Very satisfied!

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