Kingston HyperX 240GB SSD Review

Posted August 11, 2012 by Sam Chen in Reviews
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High Endurance HyperX

A couple weeks ago, we reviewed the Kingston HyperX 3K 240GB SSD and we were quite impressed with its exeptional value, great looks, and blazing performance. Today, we’ll be reviewing the 240GB edition of the original Kingston HyperX.

For those who aren’t familiar with SSDs, SSDs (in the most basic terms) are storage drives that store data on NAND memory controlled via a SSD controller. This NAND memory typically comes in many different forms, but regardless of what memory is used, this NAND memory only has a limited number of write cycles before data can no longer be written to it. These are typically counted in program/erase cycles, or P/E cycles.

With that out of the way, we’ll be talking a little bit about the difference between the original Kingston HyperX SSD and the newer Kingston HyperX 3K SSD. For the most part, the two drives are quite similar as both drives are using synchronous NAND and both have similar design (with the exception that they differ in color, which we’ll see a bit later). However, the main difference lies with the grade of NAND memory that’s being used as the original HyperX features 5,000P/E cycle NAND instead of the HyperX 3K’s 3,000 P/E cycle NAND. This means that the NAND in the original HyperX will last longer especially for those who must constantly move a lot of data around every day.

HyperX 240GB Specifications

Capacity 120GB 240GB 480GB
Controller SandForce SF-2281 SandForce SF-2281 SandForce SF-2281
NAND Synchronous Synchronous Synchronous
Sequential Reads 555MB/s 555MB/s 540MB/s
Sequential Writes 510MB/s 510MB/s 450MB/s
Interface SATA 3 6GB/s SATA 3 6GB/s SATA 3 6GB/s

 


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