Kingston HyperX 240GB SSD Review

By on September 15, 2011
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Raising the bar for SSD performance.

Good: Extremely fast; Runs cool & quiet; Upgrade Kit costs a little more than standalone drive; Looks nice
Bad: Cost will be difficult to stomach even for enthusiasts
Price: AED 2,316 (Stand-Alone); AED 2,387.50 (Upgrade Kit)
* The price is the Suggested Retail Price at the time of review. Please call a retailer to confirm the latest price for this product.

A few weeks back I reviewed the 120GB Kingston HyperX SSD, and was quite impressed with the overall performance of the drive. Not only that, but the pricing was quite respectable as well, for next generation SSDs. Today I’ll be looking at its big brother, the 240GB version; let’s see if the extra capacity brings extra performance as well.

Now the test unit I received is the full upgrade kit, which includes the 3.5” docking bay for desktop PC cases, as well as a USB 2.0 enclosure. I already expressed my disappointment over Kingston for including a USB 2.0 enclosure for and SSD, and a SATA 3 SSD at that, so no use beating a dead horse.

Onto the 240GB version, it looks exactly like the 120GB drive; same brilliant purple casing with brushed metal top and dark grey metal alloy base.  The same SandForce SF-2281 controller is being used in tandem with the Intel 25nm NAND Flash as well. Rated speeds for this SATA 3 (6gbps) drive are 525MB/s Read and 480MB/s Write.

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