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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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  • Lawrence W.
  • 7/25/2014 1:43:11 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsIt Died ...

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 fast speeds.. Great easy RMA ..

Cons: Died after 2 years so much for s.m.a.r.t. technology feature there was no warnings about the ssd dieing .. I lost everything I had on it .. YOU MUST PAY FOR RETURN SHIPPING ON RMA ... I dont like that ..

Other Thoughts: I have a crucial C300 for 4 years now and its still working fine .. If you are going to warranty an Item for 3 Years they should make sure it would last ...

Manufacturer Response:

Hello, I'm Jewel with Kingston Technical Support. We apologize for the issue experienced with the HyperX SSD. We perform 100% testing on all of our products to ensure quality and reliability, as detailed here: http://www.kingston.com/us/company/testing . Even so, all electronic components have a small chance of failure. The vast majority of our products typically live on past the time it becomes obsolete. We stand by our products and can work with you on the warranty replacement. 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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  • Scott M.
  • 7/19/2014 10:25:38 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsDied this morning after 8 months use

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

Pros: Cheap, very fast. While it worked it was great.

Cons: Computer would not post this morning. Drive not showing up in the BIOS. Swapped this drive with another one that showed up immediately, also would not detect in a USB encolsure... I have an ADATA solid state drive that has been going strong for almost 2 years now in my gaming rig, I may stick with them from now on.

Other Thoughts: This is still under warranty with Kingston so I am going to hopefully have another one in a few weeks after I do the RMA process. Not exactly thrilled with this prospect but I'll make do with a 5 year old backup platter drive for the time being. I'm not sure I will buy Kingston again, at this point I would look at ATDATA first. Will report back on the RMA process from Kingston.

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  • J F.
  • 7/15/2014 12:40:36 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsQuick and Excellent Upgrade

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

Pros: Cheap when I bought it on sale
Huge upgrade speed-wise compared to my WD Blue 1TB
Enough Space for the average user.

Cons: None come to mind, although I wish I had waited a week and gotten the Samsung Evo for almost the same price. it seems to be higher rated.

Other Thoughts: I bought this after a couple recommendations from friends. I could not be happier with the purchase. The 120gb is more than enough for OS and daily use applications and a few games. I keep music, pictures and other files on my 1TB drive, and it works out perfectly. Necessary? No. Worth the money? Yes.

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  • Anonymous
  • 7/4/2014 6:35:46 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

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: Good price. Got on sale with the Kit.
decent capacity for OS and programs.

Cons: Not that fast. Coming from a Entry level older 64GB Sata 6Gb/s ssd i thought there would be a noticeable difference in read/write performance as the Specs are significantly better fro the Kingston HyperX 3K. Not the case. For one Windows 8 pro loads about 1 or 2 seconds slower than the Cheaper, smaller Sandisk.

Other Thoughts: Also this uses MLC...why would a value 120GB drive use MLC flash and not SLC. things are just less responsive i find. ... I did not know about that I just saw it for $70 and got it. I did have higher hopes for this SSD...not too high but even in reviews it is compared with a Intel 520 which IMO is one of Intel's best.

Manufacturer Response:

Hello, I'm Jewel with Kingston Technical Support. We apologize for the issue experienced with the HyperX 3K SSD. We can troubleshoot with you to determine if the drive is performing properly or not. A few things to check that can affect the performance of the drive would be the system's SATA configuration is set to AHCI, try the Standard or MSFT AHCI controller driver and if cloned from a different sized drive check the drive alignment. We can work with you on all of these steps. For 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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  • Ernest A.
  • 7/4/2014 7:53:06 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

3 out of 5 eggsOkay for a while, then dead

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

Pros: Price per Gigabyte and the gadgets that come with it.

Cons: Since day one, this drive was glitchy. It was fast, but Windows 7 and Windows 8 would freeze up or blue screen every so often, probably at least once per night. After nine months, it was no longer recognizable in any computer I tested with. Switched to an Intel SSD and haven't had a single issue.

I'm currently in the RMA process with Kingston so I'm curious how this will turn out. I'm not certain that I would buy from them again.

Other Thoughts: With how cheap it was, I can't be too disappointed. However, always remember, you get what you pay for.

Manufacturer Response:

Hello, I'm Jewel with Kingston Technical Support. We apologize for the issue experienced with the HyperX 3K SSD. We stand by all our products and can replace the drive under it's three year warranty. If you contacted us by e-mail or submitted a webRMA the process can sometimes be delayed. For immediate assistance or if you have an issues with your replacement, 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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  • Stephen F.
  • 7/3/2014 4:08:07 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsSSD

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

Pros: Once i figured out the issue i was having with the ssd randomly freezing the whole system (details in cons) i was very pleased with the proformance boost it provided. Extremely fast boot times. Holds my win 7 os, and a couple of the games i play on reg. and most other stuff goes on mech hard drive i have running with it. Very happy with overal addition to system.

Cons: There is almost no support found on the net for the freezing issue i was having. I am very handy with problem solving stuff and finding a web solution but for the lfie of me could not. Come to find out i needed to change my sata port controlers over to AHCI and not run in ide. It is important that you make the needed changes in your registry aswell other wise you will have boot issues when you make the change to AHCI.

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  • Tristen H.
  • 6/28/2014 10:26:11 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsIts Solid State...Need Say More

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

Pros: Came with the desktop adapter for easy mounting in any scenario.

Being a good quality solid state drive, its zippy, multitasking is a beast in a proper machine, though speeds any computer up, also does wonders on laptops considering their hdd restraints.

Cons: They don't give them away for free..

Other Thoughts: Great solid state, best bang for your buck for you mid to high range builders.

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  • Thomas K.
  • 6/27/2014 12:48:34 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

2 out of 5 eggsFail

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 was really, really fast on boot-up.and on executing programs; it met my expectations for three days..

Cons: Once installed, I couldn't see the beautifully crafted case. Oh, and it died. and I've been unable to revive it.

Other Thoughts: Read all the reviews you can find for this item, first! This, my second SSD purchase. I wanted Samsung 840 EVO but I 'saved' 10 dollars buying this HyperX 120 for 10 bucks less (from a different vendor.) It looks nice on my desk, I'll keep it as a paperweight or give it to my X son-in-law but, I won't waste any more time on it. 840 EVO, currently in the mail from Newegg and I may order another before the end of the day.

Manufacturer Response:

Hello, I'm Jewel with Kingston Technical Support. We apologize for the issue experienced with the HyperX 3K SSD. We perform 100% testing on all of our products to ensure quality and reliability, as detailed here: http://www.kingston.com/us/company/testing . Even so, all electronic components have a small chance of failure. We stand by our products and can replace the drive under it's three year warranty. 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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  • matthew s.
  • 6/25/2014 3:55:58 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggslove these drives

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, no fuss setup, durable and dependable, great pricing options for them, just over $0.60 a gig

Cons: none that i can think of

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  • Luis G.
  • 6/24/2014 7:26:57 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • 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: i had a ocz 60gb sold before this
i have to say 60 gb is not enough for windows 8.1 this was great

Cons: no in raid

Other Thoughts: if you have the money buy 2 put them in raid 0

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