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Kingston HyperX 240GB Solid State Drive Review

If you know anything about Kingston you know their HyperX line.  HyperX is the name they give all of their high-end products.  Kingston entered the solid state drive market with the SSDNow series of drives, but it was about time the put the HyperX name on a solid state drive.  The HyperX solid state drive is a SATA 6GB/s drive powered by the SandForce SF-2281 controller, 25nm Intel NAND and boasts speeds of 555MB/s read and 510MB/s write.  Kingston sent us the upgrade kit that includes a USB enclosure, 3.5-inch mounting bracket, SATA data cable, screwdriver and hard drive cloning software.  Let’s take a look…

Special thanks to Kingston for providing us with the HyperX 240GB Solid State Drive to review.


  • SandForce controller technology
  • High-speed SATA Rev 3.0 (6 Gb/s) transfer speeds
  • Performance — incredible speeds for advanced gaming, multitasking, and multimedia computing power
  • Reliable — much less likely to fail than a standard hard drive
  • Shock-Proof — dropping your notebook no longer means losing your data
  • Cool & Quiet — runs silent and with no moving mechanical parts to generate heat
  • Innovative — uses NAND Flash memory components
  • Supports S.M.A.R.T., TRIM, and Garbage Collection
  • Guaranteed — three-year Kingston® warranty, 24/7 tech support


  • Form factor — 2.5″
  • Controller — 2nd Generation SandForce® Controller SF-2281
  • Components — Intel® 25nm Compute-Quality MLC NAND (5k P/E Cycles)
  • Interface: — SATA Rev 3.0 (6Gb/s), SATA Rev 2.0 (3Gb/s)
  • Capacities2 — 120 GB, 240 GB
  • Sequential reads 6Gb/s3 — 555MB/s for all capacities
  • Sequential writes 6Gb/s — 510MB/s for all capacities
  • Sustained Random 4k Read/Write —
    • 120GB – 20,000/60,000 IOPS
    • 240GB – 40,000/60,000 IOPS
  • Max Random 4K R/W4 —
    • 120GB – 95,000/70,000 IOPS
    • 240GB – 95,000/60,000 IOPS
  • PCMARK® Vantage HDD Suite Score5 —
    • 120GB – 81,196
    • 240GB – 81,394
  • Supports S.M.A.R.T., TRIM, and Garbage Collection
  • Warranty/support: — Three-year warranty with free 24/7 support
  • Power Consumption —
    • 120GB: 0.455 W (TYP) Idle / 1.6 W (TYP) Read / 2.0 W (TYP) Write
    • 240GB: 0.455 W (TYP) Idle / 1.5 W (TYP) Read / 2.05 W (TYP) Write
  • Dimensions — 69.85 x 100 x 9.5mm
  • Weight — 94g
  • Operating Temperatures — 0°C ~ 70°C
  • Storage Temperatures — -40°C ~ 85°C
  • Shock Resistance — 1500G
  • Vibration Operating — 2.17G
  • Vibration Non-Operating — 20G
  • MTBF — 1,000,000 Hrs

The HyperX upgrade kit comes in a nice retail box.  On the front there is a little bit of information on the drive.  It does say 525MB/s read and 480MB/s write, but that was an error on the packaging.

Kingston HyperX 240GB Solid State Drive Kingston HyperX 240GB Solid State Drive

To give you a good idea of how the HyperX solid state drive comes and to give you a brief overview of the drive check out the video below.

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