Kingston HyperX 3K 240 GB SATA III 

Released April, 2012
  • 240 GB
  • 2.5" SATA III
  • 0 MB
6.8 Out of 10

jpg files, the HyperX 3K was very close to posting the fastest time but for some reason the.
by Legit Reviews (Jun, 2012)
Nevertheless, when averaged, the Kingston HyperX 3K ends up 3% faster than the previous model, which makes it the fastest MLC SandForce SSD we tested so far.
by techPowerUp!

SSDBoss Review Our evaluation of the Kingston HyperX 3K

read performance

How quickly data is read from the drive

HyperX 3K
840 Pro
4K Random Read, 4K Random Read Access Time and 512K Sequential Read

write performance

How quickly data is written to the drive

HyperX 3K
840 Pro
4K Random Write, 4K Random Write Access Time and 512K Sequential Write

real world benchmarks

How well the drive performs common tasks

HyperX 3K
840 Pro
Windows 7 Boot-up Time, Photoshop Lens Filter and AS SSD ISO Copy


How well the drive performs on common benchmarks

HyperX 3K
840 Pro
Passmark Disk Rating, PCMark Vantage, AS SSD Score and 1 more


SSDBoss Score

read performance, write performance, real world benchmarks and Benchmarks

HyperX 3K
840 Pro

Benchmarks Real world tests of the Kingston HyperX 3K

4K Random Read

HyperX 3K
128.52 MB/s
840 EVO
318.8 MB/s
840 Pro
311.34 MB/s

4K Random Write

HyperX 3K
109.63 MB/s
32.88 MB/s
SSDNow V300
33.3 MB/s

Windows 7 Boot-up Time

HyperX 3K
9.7 s
840 Pro
7.8 s
SSDNow V300
8.3 s

Avg. Power Consumption

HyperX 3K
2.99 Watts
Samsung 840
1.69 Watts
SSDNow V300
1.81 Watts

4K Random Read Access Time

HyperX 3K
2.28 ms
7.6 ms
SSDNow V300
7.51 ms

4K Random Write Access Time

HyperX 3K
1.94 ms
8.07 ms
SSDNow V300
6.46 ms

Reviews Word on the street for the Kingston HyperX 3K

Their HyperX DDR memory is well known to deliver good performance and overclockability for enthusiasts, which is why the company chose to brand their high-performance SSDs "HyperX.

Because of this the NAND is less expensive helping to drive the price down while retaining the pace you expect of a drive carrying the HyperX branding.


8.8 Out of 10

What People Are Saying Give it to me straight


Our price/performance and GB per $ charts use the lower $230 pricing, because most users will just want the drive at the lowest possible cost.
by techPowerUp!
The SandForce controller may not be the fastest any more, but will still make a difference to your PC.
by Tech Radar (Jul, 2012)
What it does do, however, is put a drive with enthusiast performance at a price point in reach of a lot more people.
by Tech Radar (Jul, 2012)


For the Kingston HyperX 3K 240GB drive, the readout on CrystalDiskInfo 4.1.3 shows that both NCQ and S.M.A.R.T. are enabled, as well as TRIM and the interface is confirmed at SATA 6Gbps.
by Legit Reviews (Jun, 2012)
Like most recent SSDs, the HyperX 3K uses the SATA 6 Gbps interface.
by techPowerUp!
Between the two of them, they own the best scores for the SATA III drive set.
by Legit Reviews (Jun, 2012)


It's a great-performing drive for a fantastic price.
by Tech Radar (Jul, 2012)
The kit we tested only costs $10 more, which is a very reasonable price increase for the inclusion of such nice accessories.
by techPowerUp!
To try and leverage a better price point for the HyperX 3K series, Kingston has used 3K NAND memory (hence the 3K tag) instead of the 5K NAND of the original HyperX drives.
by Tech Radar (Jul, 2012)


How big of a deal is having an endurance of 3,000 PE cycles vs 5,000?
by Legit Reviews (Jun, 2012)
Happily, Kingston sent us over a 240GB 3K drive which allows us to do a nice head to head comparison drive we previously tested although there's no realistic way for us to compare the drive endurance.
by Legit Reviews (Jun, 2012)
However, the NAND flash used in the build of the original HyperX drive has NAND with an endurance rating of 5,000 PE (program/erase) cycles and the HyperX 3K sporting NAND rated at 3,000 PE cycles (hence the 3K appellation).
by Legit Reviews (Jun, 2012)


9.2While synthetic testing shows the HyperX 3K to be lagging a bit behind on performance compared to its older non-3K sibling, real-life performance data shows that the drive is consistently faster.
by techPowerUp!
However, drives using different controllers, like the Samsung 830, 840 Pro, and OCZ Vector, all end up a few percent faster than the HyperX 3K, but the differences are relatively small.
by techPowerUp!

Specifications Full list of technical specs


Capacity 240 GB
Cache 0 MB
Interface SATA III
Interface speed 6 Gbit/s
Controller SandForce 2281
Memory type MLC
NAND process size 25 nm
Maximum shock force 1,500G

form factor

Form factor 2.5"
Mfg warranty 3 years
Thickness 10 mm
Weight 99 g

manufacturer performance

Sequential read 555 MB/s
Sequential write 510 MB/s
Random read 86,000 IOPS
Random write 73,000 IOPS
Power consumption (Idle) 0.46 Watts
Power consumption (Active) 2.11 Watts
MTBF 1,000,000 hours
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