Kingston HyperX 

Released June, 2011
  • 240 GB
  • 2.5" SATA III
6.6 Out of 10

In our testing the SSD is the fastest we've ever seen, beating the competition by quite big margins in some benchmarks.
by techPowerUp!
Their first such SSD to carry the HyperX name is pure excellence from the performance and design all the way down to the packaging and impressive bundle options.
by Legit Reviews (Aug, 2011)

SSDBoss Review Our evaluation of the Kingston HyperX

read performance

How quickly data is read from the drive

4K Random Read, 4K Random Read Access Time and 512K Sequential Read

write performance

How quickly data is written to the drive

4K Random Write, 4K Random Write Access Time and 512K Sequential Write

real world benchmarks

How well the drive performs common tasks

Windows 7 Boot-up Time, Photoshop Lens Filter and AS SSD ISO Copy


How well the drive performs on common benchmarks

Passmark Disk Rating, PCMark Vantage and AS SSD Score


SSDBoss Score

read performance, write performance, real world benchmarks and Benchmarks


Benchmarks Real world tests of the Kingston HyperX

4K Random Read

111.3 MB/s
340.62 MB/s
840 EVO
318.8 MB/s

4K Random Write

114.33 MB/s
SSDNow V300
33.3 MB/s
Samsung 840
76.07 MB/s

Windows 7 Boot-up Time

11.6 s
SSDNow V300
8.3 s
Samsung 840
9.3 s

Avg. Power Consumption

2.74 Watts
Samsung 840
1.69 Watts
SSDNow V300
1.81 Watts

4K Random Read Access Time

2.19 ms
SSDNow V300
7.51 ms
Samsung 840
3.29 ms

4K Random Write Access Time

2.25 ms
SSDNow V300
6.46 ms
0.73 ms

Reviews Word on the street for the Kingston HyperX

It seems the combination between 240 GB fast Intel flash chips and Sandforce's award winning SF-2281 flash controller makes a great team.

It gave outstanding sequential read/write figures of 553MB/s and 516MB/s respectively in the ATTO benchmark, making it a little faster than OCZ's Vertex 3.


9.1 Out of 10

What People Are Saying Give it to me straight


It makes us wonder how much higher the scores would be with a faster interface?
by Legit Reviews (Aug, 2011)
Like many other SSD vendors, Kingston is using an SSD controller from SandForce, which pretty much guarantees excellent performance.
by techPowerUp!
It's compatible with a wide array of NAND which can have an impact performance as does the level of compressibility of data it processes.
by Legit Reviews (Aug, 2011)


Fastest drive we ever tested.
by techPowerUp!
Kingston went all out with their accessory package; the highlight here is certainly the included 2.5" SATA/USB enclosure which makes this SSD a one stop shop if you are looking to build ultra-fast portable storage.
by techPowerUp!
It may seem like Kingston has been a bit slow off the mark – the controller it's chosen has been around for a while – but if there's one thing Kingston is known for, its making bulletproof products.
by Tech Radar (Sep, 2011)


While these SSDs won't draw a flock of women or impress the valet, they will give a boost to your PC's performance as good or better than any other SATA III drive currently on the market.
by Legit Reviews (Aug, 2011)
Like most recent SSDs, Kingston's HyperX uses the SATA 6 Gbps interface.
by techPowerUp!
This marks Kingston's first SATA III based SSD and is also their first foray into the world of SandForce with the HyperX drive being powered by the SF-2281 controller.
by Legit Reviews (Aug, 2011)


These prices might appear high to some, but they are actually less expensive than the OWC Mercury Extreme Pro 6G 240GB SSD and the Kingston HyperX 240GB SSD performed equally to the OWC drive that costs $549.99 for just the bare SSD.
by Legit Reviews (Aug, 2011)
Kingston also provides a three year warranty and 24/7 phone support, which might help justify the increased price, especially for less experienced users.
by techPowerUp!
Impressive performance, but there's no getting around the fact that the 250GB version of Kingston's new HyperX drive is an expensive bit of kit.
by Tech Radar (Sep, 2011)


Kingston has informed us that this particular version is rated for 5,000 program/erase (PE) cycles which is an increase in endurance from the earlier 25nm NAND being manufactured rated at only 3,000 PE cycles.
by Legit Reviews (Aug, 2011)

Specifications Full list of technical specs


Capacity 240 GB
Interface SATA III
Interface speed 6 Gbit/s
Controller SandForce 2281
Memory type MLC

manufacturer performance

MTBF 1,000,000 hours

form factor

Form factor 2.5"
Thickness 70 mm
Weight 81 g
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