Kingston HyperX 3K RAID 0
Kingston pulled out all the stops on this Enthusiast Line of SSD and has made the transition from using an old spinner Hard Drive to the speedy Solid State Drive very easy. Kingston also typically includes one of the best accessory packages on the market, and it’s no different this time around with the HyperX 3K, as we got a mounting bracket, SATA cables, screwdriver, Acronis Cloning software, USB 2.0 travel enclosure and an USB cable to plug into the enclosure. Needless to say, this is the best package we’ve ever seen with an SSD, making it easy to take to work and bring home your data; portability is the name of the game with small storage devices.
This review was about putting up big numbers, and the HyperX 3K SSDs did not disappoint us as we’ve seen some of the highest numbers for any SSD RAID array you will find anywhere. The HyperX 3K SSD loads games and applications faster and allows for quick transfers and edits of large media files. It has incredible sequential throughputs of 1072MB/s Reads and 979.4MB/s Writes and max random Write IOPS of 166,966. This is the second fastest RAID results we’ve achieved to date on a SandForce-based setup. If you’re doing workstation tasks, a RAID 0 setup like this will bring a very big smile to your face.
In terms of value, going with two 240GB drives in RAID 0 is likely a better proposition for the most part than getting a single 480GB drive. Priced at $290 for the Upgrade Kit ($280 for the stand alone version) that’s slightly more expensive than some competing drives, but you get an accessory package second to none, along with the portability most others can only dream about offering at this price. You certainly don’t need two upgrade kits if you decide to go with a RAID setup, so purchasing a pair of the standalone drives will save some money.
\If you really need otherworldly performance, two HyperX 3K SSDs in RAID 0 will quench the thirst for top speed.