Kingston HyperX 120GB SATA 3 SSD Review

By on August 17, 2011
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Vying for the Speed King crowd.

Good: Extremely fast; Eye catching design; Upgrade kit includes USB enclosure & appropriate tools
Bad: Write speeds are slower than rated on 120GB model; USB 2.0 enclosure
Price: AED 1,289 for Upgrade Kit and AED 1,217.50 for stand-along version
* The price is the Suggested Retail Price at the time of review. Please call a retailer to confirm the latest price for this product.

Solid State Drives still represent a market which has a very high barrier to entry. However, unlike graphics cards which have a very high turnover rate, an SSD will serve you faithfully for a long time. While speed standards aren’t upgraded on a yearly basis, the general speed of all storage devices tends to remain the same until there’s an upgrade in the bandwidth. With SATA III speeds almost doubling the theoretical average of SATA II, it was with utmost delight that I reviewed the new Kingston HyperX SATA Rev. 3.0 120GB SSD.

The new HyperX 120GB SSD is based on the SATA III (6Gbps) design, which Kingston says will give a theoretical speed of 525Mbps Read and 480Mbps Write. Using the latest SandForce SF-2281 controller, the HyperX 120GB uses Intel’s premium 25nm NAND Flash inside with TRIM support in Windows 7. On the outside we have one of the fanciest looking SSDs ever seen, with a grey alloy base, a bright blue plastic shell on top of which is a brushed aluminum plate with the Kingston and HyperX logos inscribed.

Now first of all let me take you through the SSD and the Upgrade Kit. Yes, the Upgrade kit, which is only AED 72 (USD 19) more than the stand-alone SSD is a much better option to go for. What you get in the Upgrade Kit, apart from the SSD itself, is a 2.5” USB 2.0 enclosure for portability, a 3.5” bracket and mounting screws to fix it in your desktop, a very cool and useful multi-bit screwdriver, a SATA cable and cloning software.

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From auditing to editing, I now test and analyze the latest gadgets and games instead of the latest financial statements. Both jobs are equally intense and rewarding. When I'm not burning up hardware in the name of science, you'll find me nuking in DOTA 2 or engineering in TF2.

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