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Tuesday, February 28, 2012
Kingston HyperX 120GB SSD review

1. Features

Today we will put under testing the 'enthusiast' SSD made by Kingston, the HyperX SSD 120GB. The drive is combines the latest SandForce controller technology (SF-2281with Intel 25nm MLC NAND Flash. It provides high-speed SATA Rev 3.0 (6Gb/s) transfer speeds for larger bandwidth, which power users require for advanced gaming, multitasking and multimedia computing power. As all SSDs, the HyperX is cool, silent and requires less power and no additional cooling requirements.



  • SandForce controller technology
  • High-speed SATA Rev 3.0 (6Gb/s) transfer speeds
  • Advanced Wear-Leveling Technology
  • User-Configurable Over Provisioning
  • Performance — incredible speeds for enhanced productivity
  • Reliable — much less likely to fail than a standard hard drive
  • Shock-Proof — dropping your notebook no longer means losing your data
  • Cool & Quiet — runs silent and with no moving mechanical parts to generate heat
  • Supports TRIM — enhances device wear leveling by eliminating merge operation for all deleted data blocks
  • Supports S.M.A.R.T. (Self-Monitoring, Analysis and Reporting Technology)
  • Guaranteed — three-year Kingston warranty, 24/7 tech support


Capacity: 120GB
Sequential reads: 6Gb/s, 555MB/s
Sequential writes: 6Gb/s, 510MB/s

Form factor: 2.5"
Dimensions: 69.85 x 100 x 9.5mm
Operating Temperature: 0°C ~ 70°C
Storage Temperature: -40°C ~ 85°C
Vibration Operating: 2.17G
Vibration Non-Operating: 20G
MTBF: 1,000,000 Hrs

Interface: SATA Rev 3.0 (6Gb/s), SATA Rev 2.0 (3Gb/s)

Controller: 2nd Generation SandForce Controller SF-2281

Components: Intel 25nm Compute-Quality MLC NAND (5k P/E Cycles)

Warranty/support: three-year warranty with free 24/7 support

Sustained Random 4k Read/Write:
120GB – 20,000/60,000 IOPS

Max Random 4K R/W:
120GB – 95,000/70,000 IOPS

SMART Tools:
Self Monitoring, Analysis and Reporting Technology to ensure a healthy drive

Power Consumption:
120GB: 0.455 W (TYP) Idle / 1.6 W (TYP) Read / 2.0 W (TYP) Write

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