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Kingston HyperX SSD Review

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

Testing Setup

A new type of review this time meant a change up in how I prepare for these tests, you see I’ve had this drive for a number of weeks now, so to make sure that I was not just getting out of the box performance.

As such I used this drive as my primary one for a number of weeks, allowing for the drive to fill up fully with the usual clutter, I then deleted the data and allowed for TRIM to then do its bit.

Once this step had been taken I ran benchmarks on the drive to get results.

The following hardware was used for the testing with the drive plugged in as a secondary drive, and a clean installation of Windows 8.1

• Intel Core i7-3770k
• GIGABYTE G1 Sniper M3
• 120GB Agility 3 (Primary Drive)
• 2 x 4GB GeiL Enhance Corsa
• MSI 6870
• Corsair TX550M
• Windows 8.1 64bit


CrystalDisk Benchmark is a benchmark that uses incompressible data files, performing sequential, 512KB and 4KB random read and write tests.

After the drive had been used for a while, I ran the tests once again to see how performance had changed.


So as you can see a rather large drop in terms of write performance, read performance is affected as well but not nearly by the same amount in most tests.


AS-SSD was the next test performed. Again it is a freeware benchmarking utility that uses mostly incompressible data during its sequential and random read and write tests, although it slightly differs to CrystalDiskMark in that it uses a Queue Depth of 64.

Once again the tests produced reasonable results, with similar scores to CrystalDisk.


PCMark 8

After these tests had been performed, I decided to run PCMark 8’s storage tests on the Kingston HyperX 120GB SSD as these aim to give a more representative look at real life performance by using traces that have been recorded from real applications and games rather than recording throughput.

PC Mark 8 expands on the previous iterations available tests, providing a more thorough bombardment on the drive.