Intel Core-i7 4770K w/ factory cooler
Gigabyte Z87X-D3H motherboard
2 x 8GB Kingston HyperX Predator DDR3-2133
240GB Kingston HyperX 3K SSD
LG Hitachi 8X Blu-Ray Burner
SilverStone Temjin TJ04-E Evolution
SilverStone Strider Gold 650W
Windows 8 Professional
I tested using the Intel RST 126.96.36.1993 driver and the drive is outfitted with firmware 506ABBF0 from Kingston. The Intel RST 12.8 is available, however the 12.6 is the latest available from Gigabyte. I also tested with the standard Microsoft AHCI driver but obtained comparable, if slightly worse, benchmark results.
Most of the drive manufacturers use the ATTO benchmark results in their advertised figures and here we see the Kingston HyperX 3K 240GB SSD score up to a maximum of 557MB/s read, 531MB/s write. That's nearly dead-on with Kingston's claimed read speeds of 555MB/s and a tad better than the 510MB/s writes they list in the specifications. It's also a hair faster than our other recent Sandforce SF-2281 based drive test, the OCZ Vertex 3.20 that Shawn reviewed back in May. That drive also had 3K P/E NAND in a 240GB capacity, although a completely different system was used to perform the benchmarks so it's not fair to do a direct comparison.
Let's wrap things up with some final thoughts.