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SK hynix SH910 2.5" 128GB SATA III Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) Desktop Upgrade Kit

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  • 2.5"
  • 128GB

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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 3 years
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 3 years
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  • Lisa S.
  • 6/10/2015 11:41:18 PM
  • Ownership: more than 1 year

5 out of 5 eggsExcellent!

Pros: Fast.
Super reliable; it's as solid as a rock.
Cheap in its time.

Cons: It's not made anymore.
Strange short circuit issue (see oerth thoughts for more information).

Other Thoughts: For whatever strange reason, it seems that this SSD is, for some reason, carrying a positive charge (probably +5V) in the outer casing's metal. Some of the paint is scratched off on my unit, causing the power supply to short against the case, if that metal is hitting the case metal. Strange, but likely fixable with some electrical tape.

SSDs nowadays are faster, but this thing continues to go strong since the day I bought it. If this is how reliable the usual SSD of 2013 is, then I think it's safe to say that SSDs are a good and mature storage solution, especially by now, here in mid-2015, and that there's little a reason in this time to be scared of moving to one.

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  • Anonymous
  • 2/12/2014 12:56:49 PM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsnice

Pros: very easy to install I put my is on and I have a 2tb for storage when I turn my PC on about ten seconds later its ready for gaming. packaging was even nice.

Cons: none its perfect

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  • Prayag P.
  • 6/21/2013 3:52:40 PM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat Product

Pros: Super Fast!! Transformed my 2009 MacBook into a superfast machine. I think it added few more years to it. I am happy with the product.

I combined this upgrade with doubling of RAM and the results were amazing. I think my battery drains slightly faster, But that is most likely due to the doubling of RAM.

Cons: none really.

Other Thoughts: Highly Recommended.

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  • Dave I.
  • 6/21/2013 1:42:40 PM
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsOoo pretty!

Pros: Everything.

Cons: Nothing.

Other Thoughts: There's an LED on the PCB it that you can see blinking when the drive is in operation. But to see it, you have to look through the seam. The drive is opaque, so it can't be seen from the outside. 128 GB means 128,000,000,000 bytes, so that means you'll actually get see 119.209 GiB of space.
The one I have measures 75.352 MiB/sec sustained write speed. That could however be the limit of the SATA II controller on my motherboard. I am using the 3.5-inch adapter brackets it came with which work great. This SSD is really thin and has a minimalistic look. I really like it. Came flashed with the latest SandForce firmware.

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  • Kyle T.
  • 6/6/2013 11:23:42 AM
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsSo fast

Pros: This thing is so fast. After moving over to this SSD boots up my OP system in less the 15 seconds and it turns off in 5 seconds if that even. I am very satisfied with this product and I wish that I would have known about it a few years ago.

Cons: I was not a hugfe fan of the brackets that they sent with this item to transfer a 3.5 to a 2.5 inch but I didn't have to use it anyway.

Other Thoughts: The 2.5 in brackets are more of a pro more then a con this is a very very good drive for the price. If I had to I would buy many many more of the excellent drives.

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5 out of 5 eggsBest bang for the buck in the 120GB segment

Pros: This 120GB (after formatting) is at the top, if not the best performing SSD in this size area. It performs at the level of 256GB drives. There is an SSD-only review site that rated the SK Hynix Strontium Hawk as the best performing 120GB SSD they've ever tested. My own testing aligns with theirs. Although due to warranty reasons I didn't open up my drive to look at the actual chips being used, this would appear to be that drive, rebranded for a different market segment. "SH"910 as in Strontium Hawk 910?
BIG BONUS: Tested with uncompressed data, which is what makes up most of our OS, apps, and games, this drive performs BETTER than what SK Hynix claims.
To give you some perspective, I benched this drive against my Samsung 840 PRO 256GB.

-- ATTO 2.47 was used to test uncompressed data
The SH910 matched the Write speeds of the Samsung drive at every interval from 4K on up. Just like the Samsung, once we hit 128K and larger blocks, the Writes were all over 500MB/s, topping out at 533MB/s. (63MB/s faster than SK Hynix claims!)
At .5, 1.0, and 2.0K tests, it stumbled just a hair compared to the Samsung, but at that file size, the real-world difference is not able to be perceived except in benchmarks. And it's still better than any other 128GB SSD.

This is where the Samsung takes a mild lead in the smaller block segment. While it sounds like a lot to say that it's Read speeds were only on average half of the Samsung between .5K-8K blocks, that's still screaming fast for a 120GB SSD. After 8K, it started to make up the difference and by 64K, the real world difference will again be imperceptible. By the time we hit 256K blocks, both drives are reading at over 500MB/s, and both topping out at the same 557MB/s. (47MB/s faster than SK Hynix claims!)

-- AS-SSD 1.7 was used to test compressed data
Compressed performance for the SH910 is also stellar relative to drives in this segment. However, compared to the Samsung 840 PRO 256, the difference shows up. BUT KEEP IN MIND, comparing it to a 840 PRO 256GB is like comparing a 4-cylinder engine to an 8-cylinder engine. The fact that the SH910 still manages "Best in Class" numbers is what matters.
SH910 Read/Writes are given in MB/s for each test:
Seq: 373.95 / 290.58
4K: 17.60 / 56.35
4K-64Thrd: 194.18 / 205.22
Acc.time: .109ms / .252ms
Combined overall score: 669
Compared to the Samsung 840 PRO 256, this drive is about 28% slower when working with incompressible data, but the actual iops delta was even less. That's still better than any other 120-128GB SSD out there in the consumer market.

Rounding out the PROS is the fact that SK Hynix includes the little extras that make a nice difference. A molex-to-SATA adapter, 3.5-to-2.5 inch mounting brackets, and a SATA-III data cable with metal locking clips.

Cons: Nothing significant.

It comes with a 3-yr warranty, but some manufacturers are now offering 5-yr. This is not a sticking point though as almost all drives should be able to last more than 5 years during general consumer usage.

The included SATA-III cable is only 12" long. So if you are doing a brand new build and don't have extra cables, be sure you know how long you will need. If you have a tower case and your motherboard's SATA connectors are at the bottom, 12" may not be long enough if you plan on mounting the SSD in a drive bay. However, they are perfectly OK just sitting on the bottom of the case as long as they aren't touching the motherboard.

Other Thoughts: (I am an EggXpert reviewer, but I don't know if the title shows up on this because it wasn't acquired via the EggXpert review program)

My test system is an Asus P9X79 (N82E16813131804) with 32GB DDR3 1600 (N82E16820231416) and an i7 3930K (N82E16819116492). All testing was done on the Intel 6Gb/s SATA-III channels.

SK Hynix is a OEM supplier of NAND chips for many other SSD vendors out there, so it only seemed to make sense that SK Hynix themselves would eventually get in the ring. I'm glad they did because these drives are phenomenal performers!

Drives that are less than 256MB typically suffer a performance hit due to the way data is accessed via the controller's channels or "pipelines". 128GB drives are typically only using 2 pipelines to read/write data whereas 256GB and larger drives benefit from 4 pipelines. This is why you'll see manufacturers spec their larger drives faster. The fact that SK Hynik has managed to take the SandForce controller and get this performance is amazing! Based upon the claimed speeds of the SH910 128GB and what they also claim for their 256GB variant, I have no doubt that their 256GB will make up the performance difference when compared to the Samsung 840 PRO 256GB.

I have now had hands-on experience with 15 SSDs purchased from NewEgg, comprising of OCZ, Adata, Zalman, Plextor, Samsung, and SK Hynix. These are by far my favorite of the bunch when it comes to bang for the buck. This would also explain why this is my 3rd SH910.
When the SH910's first came out, NewEgg had 'em for $85. They are now averaging around $100-$110. This is still a steal and I don't hesitate one bit to pick them up at this price. OK, maybe a LITTLE hesistation in hopes that the price will drop again! And if you're lucky, you can sometimes find the 256GB model for $169.

I've been saying this to everyone that still runs conventional HDDs and talk about their systems being slow, especially laptop users... Over the past 20+ years, there have always been new parts to make a system faster, whether it was CPU or RAM or whatever. I can now say without a doubt that no other technology makes as much of an impact as an SSD. Even slower, older SSDs will be night and day relative to even the fastest, newest HDDs. I've redone multiple laptops that would take literally 3-6 minutes to boot into Windows to where you could actually do something. Those same laptops now boot up and are usuable in under 30 seconds. Shutdown times are under 10 seconds. We've almost eliminated the need for "sleep" or "hibernation" modes.

As a final "other thought", I encourage anyone putting an SSD in their computer to do some research on the best way to configure Windows (and your BIOS if available). There are very specific settings that you DO NOT want to use with SSDs that are used with conventional HDDs. These settings can negatively impact SSD performance as well as potentially shorten their lifespan.

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  • Jeremy K.
  • 5/14/2013 1:55:20 PM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsworks well,

Pros: only on sata2, but it maxes at 250MB/s so nothing disappointing there.

Cons: none, works well and is fast.

Other Thoughts: my personal sata cable didn't want to work with it at max speed would only get 120MB's but after using the sata cable they sent with the ssd the speeds went up to 250 MB/s

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  • Nicole P.
  • 4/23/2013 4:50:31 PM
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGood Drive for the money!

Pros: Transfer rates, craftsmanship, ease of install.

Cons: None so far!

Other Thoughts: I purchased this for my Asus G75VX to replace the 1TB 5400RPM drive that came stock. The difference it makes in boot times and transfer speed is ridiculous! I paid $89.99 I believe on sale, so compared to the other well known drives, it is considerably cheaper, but it works more then well enough for my needs! I did a clean install of windows 7 on it, and installed my most played games on it, and everything is amazing! Definitely worth getting if you are looking for a quality SSD without shelling out the cash for some major brand name!

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  • Anonymous
  • 4/23/2013 8:15:29 AM
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsSupport? Ha ha!

Pros: Cheap at 80 something. Faster boot, shutdown and App launching. HD media serving is a highlight.

Cons: Underwhelming performance. 0 support. Poor benchmarks.

Other Thoughts: Need some handholding like instructions, support, tools and/or updates? Look elsewhere. I wanted to check for a firmware update, so there's a support page which contains a Serial No. Integrity Checking & Firmware Download entry box. No explanation as to how and it didn't seem to work, so I contacted support via the contact page. I received a response back from Korea stating that 'they' could not get the page to work either and to call SK Hynix, USA. I did call a couple of times and receive no response from Henry(message left) or my second request for support. They had no clue that they even sold SSDs? The second largest memory manufacturer, but absolutely no clue with supporting a consumer(their first?) level products. My benchmarks are very low and not matching other's. Running Win 8 64, A6-5400K APU(excellent performance for the price point) and an ASRock FM2A75M-ITX(mine's been problem free, but lot's of cooked VRMs out there).

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  • Alan G.
  • 4/21/2013 1:26:37 AM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsi shipped my pants!!!

Pros: so glad i switched to ssd. My system boots up in 15 seconds or less. Amazing. Cant say anything bad about this ssd.

Cons: none so far

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