Kingston HyperX 3K 240GB SSD
Author: Zahn Funk
Editor: Shawn Knight
Date: 09-09-2013
Provided by: Kingston

Kingston released their 3K series of HyperX drives last year which debuted at reduced prices compared to the previous HyperX line. The difference is in the longevity of the MLC NAND chips used, measured in P/E (Program/Erase) cycles, or how many times the memory can be re-written before essentially becoming read-only. The previous HyperX chips were rated for 5,000 P/E cycles, while the 3K series is only, yup you guessed it, 3,000 P/E cycles.

Even at 3K P/E it will still likely take years before you burn through all those cycles, unless you are an extremely heavy user or have the SSD installed in an enterprise environment. Obviously there is a finite amount of life however, and as such Kingston warranties the HyperX 3K drives for just three years. That's typically all the warranty you can expect for most standard desktop hard drives as well.

Each of the HyperX 3K series is available as either a stand-alone drive or an upgrade bundle kit. For an extra $15-$20 the bundle kit comes with SATA and USB cables, USB enclosure, multi-bit screwdriver tool and disk cloning software. Both kit and stand-alone drives include the metal 2" to 3" adapter tray.

The HyperX 3K uses a brushed aluminum case with black trim in the standard 10mm thickness. Many of the latest Ultrabooks require a low profile 7mm drive, like the OCZ Vector we recently reviewed; something to be aware of if shopping for a mobile drive replacement. Although we don't recommend opening your own drive as it will void the warranty, we typically do this to verify the controller and memory chips. Kingston however has used security torx screws to seal the drive for which I didn't have the correct size bit to remove.

Let's move on to installation and testing.

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