Kingston HyperX 120 GB SSD Review

Introduction:

Kingston is one of the most established companies producing memory products for pretty much anything that uses it. It’s well-known for its solid performing and reliable products.

Recently, Kingston introduced HyperX line-up of SSDs, these are SandForce driven drives with SATA III 6GB/s interface. Along with being the first Kingston drive to utilize SandForce controller, it’s also the first SSD to be categorized under Kingston HyperX line-up. HyperX brand is popular among enthusiasts for high performance.

Kingston was a bit late to SATA III 6GB/s market due to the fact that they wanted to provide drives free of any issues which consumers faced in many SATA III 6GB/s SandForce driven drives. Kingston spent around 8 months in development and testing of these solid state drives.

Kingston HyperX SSDs use SandForce SF-2281 SATA III 6GB/s controller which is currently the top end controller for solid state drives targeting consumer market. These are the first drives to make use of Intel’s 25nm NAND outside Intel’s own SSDs. These offers up to 5000 erase cycles as compared to 3000 on most NAND, which significantly improves drive’s life.

These are available in two capacities of 120 GB and 240 GB with 550 MB/s and 510 MB/s of sequential read and write speeds respectively. Both the capacities are available in two types of packages, “Stand Alone Drive” and “HyperX Upgrade Kit”. As the name suggests, stand alone drive package has the drive only along with a 2.5” to 3.5” adapter while the upgrade kit comes with a lot of goodies. We have 120 GB upgrade kit with us and we’ll put it through a number of tests to see if it lives up to Kingston’s name and, most importantly, “HyperX” tag.

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