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Kingston HyperX 3K SH103S3/120G 2.5
  • Owned For: more than 1 year

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.

Neiko Titanium Step Drill Bit Set, 1/8-1/2, 3/16-1/2, 1/4-3/4 Inches
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  • Owned For: more than 1 year

Pros: They're very durable and work great!

Cons: None

Other Thoughts: None

CORSAIR CX series CX500 500W ATX12V v2.3 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Power Supply
  • Verified Owner
  • Owned For: more than 1 year

Pros: Put in a friends build, no problems at all after nearly 2 years.

Cons: None

Other Thoughts: None


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Display Name: Matthew P.

Date Joined: 11/01/08


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