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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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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 3 years
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  • Timothy B.
  • 4/19/2015 2:34:39 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggs16 months of use so 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: Faster read speeds than a HDD - about 3.5x faster
Good enough size for an OS and frequently used programs
It's lasted 16 months so far

Cons: Read speeds are OK, but the write speeds are poor - not only in comparison to other equivalently priced SSD's - but it's only marginally better than my HDD's
There are better options in this price range than when I bought mine

Other Thoughts: I bought mine on Black Friday 2013 for $99 CAD, same as the sale price as of this review. I use my computer a lot, as in many hours of daily use. 365 24\7. The disk shows 8572 power on hours.

I have my OS (Win 7), and my most used programs on it, including editing software which I use a lot. I've never defaragged it as is standard advice for an SSD, but I have reformatted it twice and re-installed Win 7 a half dozen times.

My current sequential read speed is 442 MB/s, which is OK. But the write speed is only 182 MB/s. (Measured with AS SSD and Crystal Disk) Compare that to my WD Black HDD that still has seq write speeds around 145 - 150 MB\s after many years of use.

This was my first SSD, so I noticed the increased access speeds right away. With the read speeds about 3.5x faster than my Black HDD, windows and all programs load and run faster. But it's those underwhelming write speeds. So when the disk is accessed to write, the speeds are only marginally better than an HDD.

It's been just OK for a first SSD, but in the long term it's underwhelming. There are much better options out there now in this price range.

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  • Eric H.
  • 4/1/2015 7:42:49 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsGood at the time

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

Pros: Feels heavy duty.
I thought it was a good deal at the time I bought it.
Great read speeds.
Came with this nice little tray that converts the drive into a smaller form factor to fit 3.5 inch drive bays.
I'm actually still using the tray for the drive that replaced it. Very handy.

Cons: Much better options out there now for cheaper.
The software is kind of clunky. Told me the firmware was the most recent, come to find out on some outside research that it is not. Did not want to update firmware when drive was installed to be a boot drive.
Heavy may also be a con.
Write speeds are junk.
Because I did not want to update the firmware, it struggled to come in and out of sleep. Known issue. I just dealt with it rather than risk my boot drive in a firmware update. Wish the software would have just told me about the update in the first place.
120 GB.
Lower price now than when I bought it 8/5/2014. But thats to be expected in tech.

Other Thoughts: I just decommissioned the Kingston in favor of a Samsung 850 Evo because the 850 was a shell shocker at 60 bucks! Couldn't say no. Even though this Kingston was pretty snappy (it was my first SSD) it doesn't compare to the 850.

120 GB may seem small, but I got Win 7 Pro 64 bit, Chrome, Avast, drivers, and a bunch of other stuff on here and thats with over provisioning it down to 90GB, formats down to ~111 GB. I read its best practice as most SSDs will slow and wear faster if they get full.

When I first made the switch from a HDD to a SSD, I defragged it like 3 or 4 times with Deffragler and moved everything I could off of the HDD. I then copied the disk with AOMEI (both freeware). Worked perfectly, twice now. Just did it from the Kingston to the Samsung too, minus the defragging.

I did really appreciate the tray it came with as I have bought several other SSDs after this Kingston and none of them came with it.

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  • dan v.
  • 3/26/2015 10:34:43 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsNot bad... while it lasted.

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

Pros: I had 2 of these, they both lasted more than 1 year, they worked well while they worked.
On an old system with little RAM they helped a lot.

Cons: One lasted a little more than one year, the other lasted a little less than 2 years.
They both died messy deaths, with days of confusing error messages and overall system instability.
Wasted time trying to figure out what's wrong and with reinstalling software. Lost some data too.
On a very fast system (i7 cpu and 16 GB of RAM) there was little (if any) gain in perceived performance over a fast HDD.

Other Thoughts: Went back to 15,000 rpm HDDs. Never been happier.

Manufacturer Response:

Hello,
We apologize for the inconsisent quality experienced with the HyperX 3K SSDs. We perform 100% testing on all of our products to ensure quality and reliablility, detailed here: http://www.kingston.com/us/company/testing . Although, all electronic devices have a small chance of failing. It is odd for anyone to have multiple failed drives. We may need to further investigate to see what occurred with these drives and of course replace them for you under their three year warranty. So we can resolve this for you, please call us at 1-800-435-0640 (USA and Canada only) M - F 6am - 6pm PT and an available technician will assist you.

Thank you for using the HyperX 3K SSD,
-Jewel, Kingston US Technical Support

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  • Sergey C.
  • 3/24/2015 5:34:51 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsGreat drive for 2.5 years. Failed afterwards.

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. Great specs. Best specs for the price.

Cons: Failed before 3-year warranty expired. Worked like a charm for 2.5 years and failed suddenly. Neither BIOS or OS can see it.

Other Thoughts: Submitting claim to get it replaced with Kingston.

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  • Dallas J.
  • 3/17/2015 4:22:35 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 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: Works just as intended. I have an extremely fast start up with this bad boy :) excellent price.

Cons: None.

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  • Jason S.
  • 2/18/2015 10:57:42 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • 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: Fast...... Faster than most.
PC boots from POST to Desktop around 3 or 4 seconds even with the drive almost maxxed. Uses a good platform driver for data storage.

Cons: I want another.

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  • Christian R.
  • 2/18/2015 8:38:36 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsFAST Good 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: Boot times when from well above 60 seconds to 20 seconds at max usually right around 13 to 17

Cons: Crashed once

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  • Etienne G.
  • 2/15/2015 9:14:17 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year

1 out of 5 eggsGood, but cr*ppy quality

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

Pros: - Speed

Cons: - Build quality
- Durability

Other Thoughts: I've been using this drive for 2 years (only for the OS), and it's dead now. It froze out of nowhere, then I managed to format it and reinstall Windows on it (it wasn't even there in the drive list). 1 month later, it did it again.

What a cr*ppy product, do NOT buy; if you do, be sure to back it up, because you will for sure have this kind of bug along the way. And, the plug quality is pretty bad, too.

Manufacturer Response:

Hi etigrenier,
We apologize for the issue that's occurred with the HyperX 3K SSD. We perform 100% testing on all of our products to ensure quality and reliability, detailed here: http://www.kingston.com/us/company/testing . Even so, all electronic devices have a small chance of failure. The HyperX 3K SSD is made with premium 3000 program-erase cycle synchronous NAND for high endurance and speed. We want you to have a great experience with our drive and if you are willing to give it another chance, we can replace it under it's three year warranty. Please contact us at 1-800-435-0640 (USA and Canada only) M - F 6am - 6pm PT and I or another available technician will help you get a case setup for warranty.

Thank you for choosing HyperX.

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  • SEAN O.
  • 2/9/2015 5:40:05 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsFast

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, got it for cheap, great for gaming and using as the main boot drive.

Cons: n/a

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  • daniel u.
  • 2/5/2015 3:48:31 AM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 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: wonderfull drive bought it and havnt felt the need to upgrade although it does lack capacity but thats the size i bought

Cons: none size

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