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Kingston HyperX 3K 120 GB SATA III 2.5-Inch 6.0 Gb/s Solid State Drive SH103S3/120G

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120 GB
  • Package includes 2.5-Inch SSD, 3.5-Inch bracket and mounting screws
  • 555MB/sec read and 510MB/sec write speeds
  • Faster boot times and application loads than hard drives
  • No moving mechanical parts gives it longer life and ability to handle rougher conditions
  • Backed by Kingston's three year warranty and free technical support
  • Support for SATA Rev 3.0
  • 2.5-Inch SSD Drive with 9.5mm height
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Capacity: 120 GB

Product Description

Capacity: 120 GB

Product Description

Budget-minded gamers and enthusiasts will benefit from the lower price of Kingston's new HyperX 3K SSD. This solid-state drive combines premium 3000 program-erase cycle synchronous NAND with the second-generation SandForce controller. Its lower price means more users can experience ultra-responsive gaming, multitasking and multimedia computing power. 3K loads games and applications faster, increases frames per second (FPS) for an improved gaming experience and allows for quick transfers and edits of large media files. HyperX 3K provides high-speed SATA Rev. 3.0 (6Gb/s) performance and blazing fast random and sequential read/write speeds. SandForce DuraClass technology provides the latest data integrity protection for ultimate endurance over the entire life of the drive. HyperX 3K SSD comes in a sleek, black and aluminum case design, accentuating the look of any power user's system. For added peace of mind, HyperX 3K SSD is backed by a three-year warranty and legendary Kingston reliability.Power Consumption (Idle): 0.46W, Power Consumption (Active): 2.11W.

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Faster speeds for serious users.

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Kingston's HyperX SSDs combine the latest SandForce controller technology with premium NAND Flash, reducing load times while increasing performance and endurance. They provide high-speed SATA Rev. 3.0 (6Gb/s) transfer speeds for larger bandwidth, which power users require for advanced gaming, multitasking and multimedia gaming power.

HyperX SSD
Which Kingston HyperX SSD is right for you?

HyperX SSD is ideal for:
  • Decreasing load times of high-resolution PC games
  • Increasing frame rates per second for a better gaming experience
  • HD video rendering, encoding and editing
  • Adobe applications, e.g., Photoshop, Premiere, Light Room
  • Pro Tools and other professional digital audio applications
  • Faster transfers of large media files
  • Multitasking
  • AutoCAD
  • Movie downloads, transfers and syncs

    HyperX 3K SSD

    HyperX 3K SSD is ideal for:
  • Decreasing load times of high-resolution PC games
  • Increasing frame rates per second for a better gaming experience
  • Faster transfers of large media files
  • Multitasking
  • Movie downloads, transfers and syncs

  • Product Information

    Capacity: 120 GB
    Expand all Collapse all Technical Details
    Brand NameKingston
    Item model numberSH103S3/120G
    Item Weight7.4 ounces
    Item Dimensions L x W x H6.50 x 6.40 x 1.10 inches
    Color 120GB
    Flash Memory Size120
    Additional Information
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    Shipping Weight9.6 ounces
    Domestic Shipping Item can be shipped within U.S.
    International Shipping This item is not eligible for international shipping. Learn More
    Date First AvailableApril 2, 2012
    Warranty & Support Return Policy: You may return any new computer purchased from that is "dead on arrival," arrives in damaged condition, or is still in unopened boxes, for a full refund within 30 days of purchase. reserves the right to test "dead on arrival" returns and impose a customer fee equal to 15 percent of the product sales price if the customer misrepresents the condition of the product. Any returned computer that is damaged through customer misuse, is missing parts, or is in unsellableRead more condition due to customer tampering will result in the customer being charged a higher restocking fee based on the condition of the product. will not accept returns of any desktop or notebook computer more than 30 days after you receive the shipment. New, used, and refurbished products purchased from Marketplace vendors are subject to the returns policy of the individual vendor.

    For warranty information about this product, please click here [PDF]

    Customer Reviews

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    127 of 135 people found the following review helpful By MoJo In New Orleans on October 17, 2012
    Size: 240 GB Verified Purchase
    Thank you Amazon for the very quick delivery.

    I have been noticing that a lot of SSD vendors ship out their products in nothing more than a hard plastic shell, not Kingston. The Hyper 3k comes packaged with a nice box. The SSD and the 3.5" adapter and screws are held snugly in place by dense foam. As this is a bare drive, there are no software or sata cable provided. However, sata cables are cheap and software to clone your old drive to your new SSD can be downloaded for free from various software companies.

    I'm sure you all are aware that SSDs are fast, really fast when compared to HDD. This Hyper 3k is no exception. To maximize the speed of this SSD make sure you run it in AHCI mode and not IDE mode. It is very comparable to my girlfriend's Samsung 830 speedwise. It is also built, in my opinion, a little sturdier than the Samsung. It seems a little heavier and the header where you plug in the power and sata is much, much better than the Samsung. With the Samsung when you try to disconnect the sata cable it almost feel as if the whole header will come off. The Samsung, however, has a much better toolbox called Samsung SSD Magician. The Samsung SSD Magician has features to optimize the OS, to do firmware update, to run benchmark, performance optimization, and secure erase. The Kingston SSD Toolbox, which must downloaded from Kingston website, only gives you Drive and Details. Details is useless, and Drive will tell you the model of your SSD and the firmware that came with your SSD. Kingston, you guys really need to give us a better toolbox. Visually, the toolbox looks like it was designed back in the 90's.

    Firmware can not be updated via the Toolbox, you have to go to Kingston website and download it from there. Quite cumbersome.
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    Size: 120 GB Verified Purchase
    My drive which shipped on October 15th, 2012 came with revision 501 (501ABBF0) firmware on it, which has been out-of-date since June. At this time, the latest revision is 503 (503ABBF0) which was released in August.

    I had some difficulty updating the firmware to Rev 503. The Kingston firmware update utility (found at > Support > Drivers/Downloads > Solid-State Drives > HyperX SSD -- SH103S3 > Firmware Update) would not recognize the drive.

    As it turns out, it was either a conflict with the Intel Rapid Storage Technology (RST) software I had installed, or the Intel AHCI driver that installs with the Intel RST software. Once I uninstalled Intel RST, rebooted, and the generic AHCI driver was automatically installed in its place by Windows 7, the Kingston firmware update utility recognized the drive and successfully updated to revision 503.

    Once the update was completed, the Kingston firmware update utility will recognize the drive with or without the Intel RST software and Intel AHCI driver installed. There must be an incompatibility with revision 501.

    The Kingston firmware update utility will tell you your firmware revision number. Make sure to check it out first thing after you get your drive!
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    36 of 40 people found the following review helpful By G on October 12, 2012
    Size: 120 GB Verified Purchase
    I chose this particular SSD because reviews and benchmark stats were pretty high from what I read online. I bought it to put my OS on as well as other high-use programs, and the occasional video game. Some observations since installing:
    1) Boot times are about the same; however, once I log on and my desktop shows up, I can immediately start launching programs without a hitch. I do not have to wait a single second for things to load at logon, and can run programs and open files right away!
    2) Single-player video games that have the levels loaded on the computer (i.e. Half-life) load levels instantly. On my old HDD, load times per level were roughly 20 seconds. They are now no longer than 5 seconds, smaller levels load almost instantly.

    I have only had this SSD installed for 3 days now, and so far I am pretty amazed.

    1) DO NOT try to use window's recovery/image system for cloning your OS to from your HDD to the SSD. It is tedious and takes forever. Instead, google "Seagate DiscWizard." You can use the free version to clone the C: partition to the SSD, and it takes 20 minutes tops. If you are lacking technical expertise, I would highly recommend using this method.
    2) Make sure you activate the AHCI drivers. You will see a MASSIVE increase in performance with the SSD, even moreso than you already get by just installing the SSD itself.

    I highly recommend this product!!
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    50 of 59 people found the following review helpful By Stephen on October 18, 2012
    Size: 120 GB Verified Purchase
    Drive is a good cost performance pay off but...
    sata and power connectors seems to be made of brittle plastic without any reinforcement of a surrounding housing. This makes it easy to tweak the connection a bit when installing in tighter cases for instance. After 3 unplugs entire plastic connector broke off inside power connector.

    Lucky exposed copper prongs still still allowed me use what was left of the messed up connector, so I continue to use the drive.

    If I was a complete noob I would probably just being flaming this drive. Admittedly I could have been a bit more careful had I known how delicate these connectors were. Never had this kind of issue with the untold amount drives I have swapped in my lifetime. I bought it on sale, so GREAT DEAL!, just be careful with those connectors. Maybe even apply some dielectric grease.
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