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Kingston HyperX 3K 90GB

Kingston HyperX 3K 90GB SSD Review

  1. Introduction
  2. Packaging and Specifications
  3. Internal Impressions
  4. Test Bench and Benchmarks
  5. Conclusion
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Kingston HyperX 120GB SSD made a very good impression on me & since Corsair Force GT 120GB and Kingston HyperX 120GB well within Rs. 10,000/-, things are looking pretty good for end users and few are seriously considering to buy an SSD. And then comes Kingston HyperX 3K series, difference being 3K Program-Erase Cycle- at least on specs.

Kingston sends a HyperX 3K 90GB SSD- and like the previous HyperX version with 5K P/E Cycle, I would really like to see this drive to make a good impression so that I can recommend this drive for you to shortlist!


The packaging isn’t too different from HyperX SSD counterpart.  This SSD is with SATAIII interface and backed by 3 years warranty support.


Kingston makes it clear that the HyperX 3K is meant for desktop/computer workloads and not for server environments on the packaging itself. You’re getting a 2.5″-to-3.5″ SSD bracket with all the screws you’ll need. This is the standalone kit. For those who don’t know, there are 2 version: this is the standalone kit- and the desktop upgrade kit is where you get a screw driver pen, a SATA III cable in blue colour, a cloning software and 2.5″ plastic USB 2.0 casing.


Kingston also mentions the basic use of this SSD drive in 22 languages, including in Hindi.


The SSD and the instruction manual is what you get to see as soon as you open the box. Flip the foam over and there’s the tray along with the required screws.



Unlike Kingston’s HyperX SSD, HyperX 3K comes with black finish on the top with the usual design.


One more point to note that Kingston advertises this SSD with 25nm Intel NAND with 3k P/E Cycles, that 2k lesser compared to HyperX. Now, this is to remind the readers that even with 3k program-erase cycles, you don’t need to worry yourself as a notebook/Desktop end user, even as a power user/ enthusiast.


After removing 4 screws on the rear shell of the SSD, you need to be bit careful when you’re pulling the plastic cover since there’s a large strip of the thermal pad. The PCB is not screwed on the other half of the shell, but it is stuck on it with a help of another large strip of the thermal pad.  The adhesive is bit strong so if you have any intention to void the 3 years of the warranty period, exercise some caution.


As you can see, there are 6x NANDs on each side, with 2 empty space on each side of the PCB.


Kingston HyperX 3K uses Sandforce SF 2281 controller and Intel 25nm 29F64G08ACME3 NAND. This is a 8GB MLC NAND- so that 96GB ( Calculated as 1GB = 1,000,000,000 bytes) in total.

kingston final

The formatted capacity of the drive is 83.8GB. After you install Windows 7 64Bit Home Premium+ SP1+ All the updates+ MS Office, Avira Security Suite, U-Torrent, Gimp 2.8+ at least 5-6 software more (not games), you have about 52.8GB left.

It gives me great pleasure and a relief to mention this every time I put up a review because it is a hard fact. In a country where you get minimum hardware support from the manufacturers to review their own products and others on behalf of the readers, its some companies such as Asus, Gigabyte, Kingston, Western Digital and now Coolermaster who give me hardware support by updating my test rig no strings attached.
I would like to thank

  • Gigabyte India for providing Gigabyte 890GPA UD3H Rev 1.0 motherboard
  • Asus India for providing Asus 990FX Sabertooth motherboard
  • Kingston Taiwan for providing hardware support with memory kits and SSD drive.
  • WD India for providing WD 300GB HLFS Velociraptor Hard Drive.
  • Coolermaster India for providing Coolermaster GX450 RS-450-ACAA-D3 Power Supply
Test Setup for: Kingston HyperX 3K SH103S3/90G 90GB SSD
Motherboard+ Processor Gigabyte 890GPAUD3H Rev 1.0+ AMD 965BE (Cooled with Thermaltake Big Typhoon)
Memory Kingston KHX1600C9D3P1K28G HyperX Genesis 8GB 1600MHz DDRIII
Primary OS drive Western Digital 3000HLFS Velociraptor 300GB/ Kingston HyperX 3K SH103S3/90G 90GB SSD
Power Supply Coolermaster GX450

Note: Mostly, I would be emphasizing to look at HyperX, HyperX 3K and Corsair’s Force GT but do note that the HyperX 3K that I am evaluating is a 90gig version.

Boot Load Tests

Boot Load

Kingston HyperX and HyperX 3K go head to head during boot load times with Force GT going head-to-head during Pass 2, 3 and 4.

AS SSD and Crystal Disk Benchmarks

AS SSD Readas ssd write

CDI ReadCDI Write

HyperX 3K slows clear standing against Corsair Force GT and Kingston HyperX in 4K runs.

8MB ATTO Benchmarks


When it comes to Write, HyperX 3K goes head to head against 120gigs very nicely whereas the read is simply between HyperX and Force GT 120gig drives.

Anvil SSD Benchmark (Compression= 0 Fill)


The main difference is that HyperX is with 5K P/E cycle version whereas HyperX 3K comes with 3K P/E cycle like how Force GT does. For an end-user, unless you’re workload has a lot more workload compared to gamers, enthusiasts and such users, it doesn’t matter. What matters is the price and performance. This should also explain why Kingston HyperX 120gigs retails for approximately Rs. 1,000/- more than Force GT.

If this was a 120gig version, it would have mirrored most of the benchmarks with HyperX and Force GT easily. Still, for a 90gig drive, this is a very good drive to shortlist. You still get 3 years warranty that Kingston gives on the 5K counterpart.

So now, it comes to cost.

Kingston HyperX 120 Standalone Kit

India U.S. U.K.
Rs 9,350/- $162.88 £ 125

Corsair Force GT 120GB Standalone Kit

India U.S. U.K.
Rs 8,850/- $ 130.99 £ 99.73

Kingston HyperX 3K 90GB Standalone Kit

India U.S. U.K.
N.A. $ 99.99 £ 83

Do note that the official pricing for 90GB HyperX 3K Standalone kit is Rs. 8,500/- so the street pricing, once its listed on online stores, should most likely be significantly lesser than Force GT counterpart.

The conclusion is clear: This a 90gig version drive that gives you a formatted space of 83.8GB with 3 years warranty support which can somewhat stand between Corsair Force GT and HyperX with 5K P/E Cycle, both being 120gig version- and one of the best SSDs to shortlist.

One comment

  1. could you please start reviewing 120GB/240GB? and in RAID if possible?

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