Solid State Drives are becoming more and more common. I think I big reason for this is because people realize that they will give them the performance boost that they want when added to their system. The market seems to be flooded with drives and it is really hard to choose which one to get. One of the main determining factors to many people is the price. Kingston’s new HyperX 3K solid state drive is designed to be very inexpensive as it uses cost effective NAND rated for 3000 program / erase cycles. We will explain what all that means later on in the review. This drive still sports the very popular SandForce SF-2281 controller and of course the quality you expect from Kingston. Read on as we check it out!
– SandForce controller technology
– High-speed SATA Rev 3.0 (6Gb/s) transfer speeds
– Advanced Wear-Leveling Technology
– User-Configurable Over Provisioning
– Performance — incredible speeds for enhanced productivity
– 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 TRIM — enhances device wear leveling by eliminating merge operation for all deleted data blocks
– Supports S.M.A.R.T. (Self-Monitoring, Analysis and Reporting Technology)
– Guaranteed — three-year warranty (KC100 features a five-year warranty), free technical support and legendary Kingston reliability.
The HyperX 3K drive comes in a nice retail package. On the front it lets you know the read and write speeds which are 555MB/s read and 510MB/s write. The retail package also lets us know the drive is SandForce driven, has a 3 year warranty and you receive free tech support. Flipping it over to the back it gives us a little more information and lets us know what all is included.
The box easily opens up and the first thing you see if the drive. Moving that out of the way and getting everything out you have a mounting bracket, mounting screws, external USB 2.0 enclosue, USB cable, SATA cable, screwdriver set and installation CD. This is all part of the upgrade kit, you can buy just the standalone drive as well.