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Kingston HyperX SSD Review

Dave gives one of Kingston's latest SSDs a test.


Once again Kingston have graced me with a product to review, this time I have been graced with a rather nice Kingston Hyper X 120GB 3K SSD (Part Code SH103S3B/120G) so firstly thank you Kingston!

You should all know who Kingston are by now, but if not let me tell you, they are one of the premier brands in the extremely crowded memory marketplace. Since 1987, they have endured producing some of the highest quality memory products that are available. Kingston offer some of the best support and warranty on memory items including a lifetime warranty on memory modules and flash cards, a three year warranty on SSD’s and a five year warranty on USB Flash Drives.

It’s amazing how cheap SSD’s have become, my first purchase of a 60GB OCZ Vertex 2 way back in 2011 set me back close to 100 pounds, and it wasn’t exactly a speed demon. Then when it went kaput within two years the replacement 120GB Agility cost me a similar amount nowadays there are 512GB drives around for almost the same money, which is just ridiculous.

The drive I am looking at today is a 120GB model from Kingston, and is branded under their Hyper X Range, meaning it gets a tasty makeover from its SSDNow brethren.




The packaging the Kingston HyperX SSD comes in is surprisingly large, but the reason for this will become apparent as you read on.


So here is the front, not too much going on other than the aforementioned read/write speeds being advertised as well as the fact this Kingston SSD is Sandforce driven.


The rear of the box gives away the reason for the larger than normal packaging, which is the vast amount of included accessories the Kingston HyperX SSD includes.


Once opened up you get to see the SSD itself, which has a very nice brushed metal design on the case.


Underneath the SSD is the first of the included accessories, a blue HyperX 2.5” to 3.5” SSD bracket.

So far so good you would think, but what else does the Kingston include?


Simply put, a lot! Included with this Kingston 120GB you get a Kingston branded 2.5” USB 3 enclosure with cable (which will make using the cloning software a bit quicker) a Kingston screwdriver, SATA3 cable, screws, the aforementioned cloning software, and everyone’s favourite item STICKERS!!

With all that out of the way, let’s get this connected and see how it performs.