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Kingston HyperX 3K RAID 0

Posted June 18, 2012 by Jake in Storage, HDs & SSDs







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Closer Look

Since we’ve already taken a close look at the Kingston HyperX 3K as a single drive, let’s just have a quick recap of the drive itself before we then move into RAID testing. So for those of you who have already read the single drive review, the following will be like deja vu all over again, but we’ve included it here (slightly reduced in length though) for those who haven’t had the pleasure and aren’t as familiar with the HyperX 3K SSD.

The Kingston HyperX 3K comes in a hefty box that identifies the significant features and specifcations of the drive. Kingston offers more than one version of the HyperX package (the drive remains the same though), and we received the Upgrade Kit.

The HyperX 3K comes with a very extensive bundle that includes cables, a 2.5" to 3.5" drive bay conversion bracket, disk cloning software, screwdriver "pen", and an external USB 3.0 drive enclosure. The screwdriver "pen" isn’t actually a pen, but simply pen-shaped, and includes three interchangeable bits for easy carrying. This is undoubtedly the best accessory package we’ve seen amongst any manufacturers.

As for the enclosure, it allows you to bring it just about anywhere and interface with another system. Here’s what the drive looks like when installed in the portable case. Note the USB connectivity.

Aesthetically speaking, Aesthetically speaking, the Kingston HyperX 3K looks rather different than most SSDs on the market. It’s nearly idential to the HyperX (non-3K version) which is blue, except the trim here is black instead. Sporting a sleek metallic gun metal finish, it looks great. Be that as it may, Solid State Drives don�t need to be flashy, they need to be functional and fast. The drive is cased in an aluminum housing, and despite its light weight, it has a tremendous shock tolerance so no worries about dropping it.

The attention to detail here is excellent, as the brushed gunmetal finish contrasts very nicely against the black accents and machined logo.

The Kingston HyperX features the SandForce SF-2281 controller, the latest and greatest in a long line of consumer-oriented controllers in the SSD marketplace. The controller is essentially the brain of the SSD, and it is entirely the difference between a garbage drive, a good one, or an outstanding one. Also included are Intel synchronous memory ICs rated for 3,000 PE cycles. The HyperX 3K formats out to 224GB capacity as a result of the SandForce Duraclass technology that essentially features a number of optimzations for write cycles, wear leveling, data compression, and error correction that keeps the drive operating in peak condition.

Let’s get these SSDs on the bench and see what they can do.

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