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A new level SSD: 120GB Kingston HyperX SH100S3

A new level SSD: 120GB Kingston HyperX SH100S3

Since we can remember HyperX product line has been linked to high performance, as top of the top of is under this illustrious family of products. Good looks, great performance and warranty for 3 years is what the manufacturer promises to those who need a high bandwidth platforms in both desktop and laptop.

The specifications of this product are those that can be seen below.


  • Driver – SandForce
  • Compatible with SATA 3.0
  • Wear-leveling technology
  • Reliability – less chance of failure compared to standard hard disk drives
  • Shockproof – drop the laptop is no data loss
  • Low temperature and silence – works quietly and without mechanical moving parts that generate heat
  • Compatible with Qtr3 – improves wear leveling by eliminating smelting unit for all deleted data blocks
  • It includes features SMART
  • Guaranteed – three year warranty Kingston ® technical support 24 hours, 7 days a week


  • Form Factor – 2.5 “.
  • Interface – SATA 6.0 Gb / s.
  • Capacities – 120GB, 240GB, 480GB.
  • Dimensions – 69.85 mm x 100 mm x 9.5 mm.
  • Weight – 79 grams.
  • Storage Temperature – 40 ° C to 85 ° C.
  • Operating Temperature – 0 ° C to 70 ° C.
  • Vibration in operation – 2.17 G.
  • Vibration not in operation – 20G.
  • Sequential Read Performance / 240GB – 555MB / s – 480GB – 540MB / s
  • Sequential write performance – 120GB / 240GB – 510MB / s – 480GB – 450MB / s

With these details we invited to continue to review this analysis in a solid state drive high performance for all gamers who like exotic products and for the most workaholics who need the most powerful platform in the market.

First Look

The packaging is quite robust and is centered on the image of the SSD, indicating the fastest read and write. Nothing unusual in Kingston packaging.

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After opening the box, we find the SSD protected by a high density foam and the first thing we appreciate is the different style of this unit, thinking that the vast majority of Kingston products are graphite-gray metallic.

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Since this SSD is for all types of scenarios, we have the opportunity to install both a desktop (with adapter that is on the right) and a laptop.

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In its heyday the SSD, with the details that make it seem unique as a product of Kingston Hyper X series.

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The accessory package is prepared for those who have a laptop, allowing them to make the HDD you have in your computer and place it in the chest, to keep the storage capacity, ie, Kingston delivers you all in one product, even the tool needed to install and / or removing parts.

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Platform and Methodology

The platform for this occasion is the one you see below, where we highlight the use of a motherboard with support for SATA 3.0.

Test Platform Intel
Processor Intel Core i7-2600K
Motherboard GIGABYTE GA-P67A-UD4
Memoirs G.Skill F3-12800 CL7 Sniper 2x4GB @ 7-8-7-24 2T 1.6v 1600 MHz
Video Card NVIDIA GeForce GTX 580
Power Supply Platinum 1000W Seasonic
Processor Cooling Intel stock
Storage Intel X25-M 80GB SSD
Kingston HyperX SSD SH100S3
Monitor Viewsonic VX2835wm 28 “
Operating System Microsoft Windows 8 32-bit
Motherboard Drivers
Intel INF
Video Drivers GeForce 266.58 WHQL drivers

The tests chosen for this occasion are the following, which we can tell you that try to emulate different scenarios for this storage unit, so the variety of tests can be used to corroborate results.

Benchmarks ATTO Disk Benchmark v2.46
CrystalDiskMark 3.0.1 x64
HD Tune Pro 4.60

Test methodology

The idea of our stress tests is the hard drive as possible within a reasonable time, let’s talk about days and not months. In our tests we will have the participation of the program HD Tune Pro, ATTO Disk Benchmark and CrystalDiskMark, where the latter will use the evidence pointing to the storage units.

For the ATTO test with the configurations on the same capture the output shown in the tests and will be initial reference for future analysis of storage units for both HDDs and SSDs.

Performance Tests

Thanks to this test is that we can check on what size transfer is achieved the best performance. We started to read on the 389 MB / s in the 8192 KB, while the best writing occurs and reaches the 512 MB 467 MB / s, becoming the highest results we have obtained for a single SSD.

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CrystalDiskMark allows us to see under that scenario is that we achieve the best performance and it is clear that this occurs when data transfer is done in sequence, at least for reading, while when the data packet size decreases as much as 4KB speed crashes, but this is normal in almost all business units.

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HD Tune Pro allows us to corroborate the good performance of this unit, showing a very uniform behavior in all its capacity, which makes it clear that this is a driver that handles very well SandForce access to the unit for reading.

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Meanwhile, for writing, the operating range is wider, but still an excellent performance which reaches this Hyper X 120GB SSD.

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Whereas the segment pointed to by this product is the high performance, the performance is in line with our expectations, but that does not mean that we are very satisfied with the product, noted for the good endings for a unique look and above because it fulfills all the promise of the manufacturer, being an SSD of high quality, performance and reliability.

We test the entertaining whip again and again the SSD to the ground, with a 1 meter drop onto the ground and after 10 attempts we found that the SSD is built to withstand the worst that you can give to their computers.

The results speak for themselves, the great performance is in sight now that the price can captivate, only USD $ 199.99.

Now we leave you with a summary of this brief analysis of an excellent product.

The Good

  • Good data transfer performance, considering the cost of each SSD.
  • Reading scale almost linearly adding more units.
  • Supports TRIM.
  • Allows use on a desktop computer as a laptop.
  • It has a hood to reuse the HDD removed from the laptop, when using the SSD in one of these.

The Bad

  • We find nothing wrong with this product.
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