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.

For testing the Kingston HyperX 240GB SSD, I have used an MSI Z68A-GD80 (B3) motherboard, with an Intel Core i7-2600K CPU, Kingston 4GB DDR3-1233 memory. For benchmarking I have used ATTO Disk Benchmark v2.46 for Read & Write speeds plus HD Tach v3.0 for Burst speeds. To get a real world idea of performance, I have used PCMark 7’s Storage benchmark which runs simulated tests of moving and copying data within Windows environment as well as frequent data accessed during video editing and playing games. Unlike the speed tests though, PCMark 7 throws out a score at the end which is a combination of various speeds attained in during the simulated tests.

For comparisons I have compared the HyperX 240GB to the 120GB version and Kingston’s old V-Series 60GB SSDNow. For good measure I’ve thrown in a Western Digital VelociRaptor 300GB HDD. Both of these hard drives represent the best of the previous (i.e. SATA II) generation.

I really don’t need to say how fast the HyperX 240GB is, the numbers speak for themselves. In fact, the tested real world tests who Read speeds are 7% faster Write speeds 10% faster than advertised speeds! This is the fastest SSD, or any hard drive for that matter, that we have tested to date.

The thing is, all of this performance comes at a significant cost, which is why the only people, apart from enterprise solutions, who should consider the 240GB HyperX SSD should be performance enthusiasts who spend at least AED 2,000 (USD 540) plus on other major components of their PC.  If your wallet can handle the hit, this is probably the single biggest performance boost you can give to your computer right now, and one that will serve you diligently for years to come.

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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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