Review: Kingston HyperX 120GB SSD

It’s time for another review. This time it’s the Kingston HyperX SSD 120GB. This SSD brings with it some of the best speeds on an SSD and all for a relatively decent price. This SSD comes in three different sizes which are 120GB, 240GB, 480GB. So let’s not wait any longer and dive right into the specs of this beast.


Different Sizes – 120GB, 240GB and 480GB
Controller – 2nd generation Sandforce SF-2281
NAND Flash – Intel 25mm Compute-quality MLC NAND
Supports SMART, TRIM and Garbage Collection

Read and Write Speeds
Sequential reads
120GB and 240GB – 555MB/s
480GB – 540MB/s
Sequential writes
120GB and 240GB – 510MB/s
480GB – 450MB/s
Sustained random 4K R/W
120GB – 20,000/60,000 IOPS
240GB – 40,000/57,000 IOPS
480GB – 60,000/45,000 IOPS
Max. random 4K R/W
120GB – 87,000/70,000 IOPS
240GB – 87,000/58,000 IOPS
480GB – 75,000/47,000 IOPS

Power consumption
120GB: 0.455 W (TYP) idle / 1.6 W (TYP) read / 2.0 W (TYP) write
240GB: 0.455 W (TYP) idle / 1.5 W (TYP) read / 2.05 W (TYP) write
480GB: 0.455 W (TYP) idle / 1.5 W (TYP) read / 1.65 W (TYP) write

Dimensions and weight
69.85mm x 100mm x 9.5mm

Other Specs
Operating temperatures 0°C ~ 70°C
Storage temperatures -40°C ~ 85°C
Shock resistance 1500G
Vibration operating 2.17G
Vibration non-operating 20G

Now if you are interested in SSD’s in general or just an overall computer enthusiast, these specs are no doubt something anyone would be looking for in an SSD. Kingston have combined the SF-2281 and Intel’s 25nm NAND flash. Obviously Kingston themselves made some nice adjustments and tweaks on the firmware side of things to get the impressive speeds stated for this SSD.

Craig O'Sullivan

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