HyperX 3K Introduction

Today we have yet again another brand new SSD for review for you all, the Kingston HyperX 3K 240GB. You may be aware that Kingston already has a HyperX SSD available on the market, and may be wondering exactly what this 3K stands for? The 3K stands for the type of NAND the Solid State Drive uses, the HyperX 3K uses (3K PE/ cycles), which stands for program/erase, this is the amount of NAND cycles the new edition to the HyperX range is now using. The actual “3K” represents the 3,000 full amounts of writes capability on the drives disk capacity. The original HyperX uses 5,000 p/e cycles, and what is fascinating is that the HyperX 3K has a slight improved upon performance. The Kingston HyperX uses the IMFT 29F16B08CCME2 revision, whereas the Kingston HyperX 3K uses the upgraded IMFT 29F16B08CCME3. This revision is more cost effective and thus cheaper for us users to purchase, however it is not a durable and will not last as long. Nevertheless, this improved performance come from the new revision.

The Kingston HyperX 3K utilises the Sandforce SF-2218 controller, which has been used in many of the new 2012 drives. With the new firmware’s and many SSD’s using the same controller, its now becoming more difficult than ever to brand a SSD that stands out in performance, so Kingston have decided to look towards creating a price for performance SSD, which is where the low costing HyperX 3K comes in.


  • Capacities1: 90GB, 120GB, 240GB, 480GB
  • Sequential reads2: SATA Rev. 3.0
  • 90GB/120GB/240GB – 555MB/s
  • 480GB – 540MB/s
  • Sequential writes2: SATA Rev. 3.0
  • 90GB/120GB/240GB – 510MB/s
  • 480GB – 450MB/s
  • Form factor: 2.5"
  • Dimensions: 69.85 x 100 x 9.5mm
  • Operating Temperature: 0°C ~ 70°C
  • Storage Temperature: -40°C ~ 85°C
  • Vibration Operating: 2.17G
  • Vibration Non-Operating: 20G
  • MTBF: 1,000,000 Hrs Total Bytes Written (TBW)3:
  • 90G: 57.6TB (based on 52GB per day for 3 years)
  • 120G: 76.8TB (based on 70GB per day for 3 years)
  • 240G: 153.6TB (based on 140GB per day for 3 years)
  • 480G: 307.2TB (based on 280GB per day for 3 years) Interface: SATA Rev 3.0 (6Gb/s), SATA Rev 2.0 (3Gb/s)
  • Controller: 2nd Generation SandForce® Controller SF-2281
  • Components: MLC NAND (3k P/E Cycles)
  • Warranty/support: three-year warranty (KC100 features a five-year warranty), free technical support and legendary Kingston reliability Sustained Random 4k Read/Write2:
  • 90GB – 20,000/50,000 IOPS
  • 120GB – 20,000/60,000 IOPS
  • 240GB – 40,000/57,000 IOPS
  • 480GB – 60,000/45,000 IOPS Max Random 4K R/W2:
  • 90GB – 85,000/74,000 IOPS
  • 120GB – 85,000/73,000 IOPS
  • 240GB – 86,000/60,000 IOPS
  • 480GB – 75,000/48,000 IOPS PCMARK® Vantage HDD Suite Score2:
  • 90GB/120GB/240GB/480GB: 60,000 SMART Tools: Self Monitoring, Analysis and Reporting Technology to ensure a healthy drive Power Consumption:
  • 0.455 W (TYP) Idle / 1.58 W (TYP) Read / 2.11 W (TYP) Write


  • SandForce controller technology
  • High-speed SATA Rev 3.0 (6Gb/s) transfer speeds
  • Advanced Wear-Leveling Technology
  • User-Configurable Over Provisioning4
  • 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.

Kingston HyperX 3K 240GB SSD

The box above is very flash, and the contents inside come with a big and luxurious bundle. The bundle includes the mounting screws and a 2.5″ to 3.5″ adapter in metallic blue with the HyperX logo slapped on it. It comes with a blue 6gb/s SATA cable and a USB adapter cable to go with the external enclosure, for if you want to use it as a external SSD drive.

Kingston has included what is at first glance looks to be a pen, however it is in fact a screw driver to install the SSD and enclosure.

The HyperX 3K SSD looks fantastic, it is definitely one of the better looking drives I have seen.

In the HyperX 3K Kingston are using Intel 29F64G08ACME3 memory and the SSD uses the Sandforce 2281VB1 controller. The HyperX 3K uses MLC NAND flash chips with 25nm architecture. When delving into the more technical side of the Solid State Drive, it’s our understanding that it uses eight individual NAND channels and two NAND modules on each channel. Also, the drive has improved compression performance as it uses “DuraWrite algorithm” techniques.

Kingston state that the 240GB drive is capable of delivering sequential transfer speeds of 555MB/s read | 510MB/s Write.