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Kingston HyperX 240GB Upgrade Kit SATA III 2.5-Inch 6.0 Gb/s Solid State Drive with SandForce Technology SH100S3B/240G


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240 GB
  • Kit includes Acronis Migration Software, HyperX 3.5" Desktop mounting plate, HyperX USB External Drive Bay,
  • 525MB/sec read and 480MB/sec write speeds
  • No moving mechanical parts gives it longer life and ability to handle rougher conditions
  • Backed by Kingston's three year warranty and 24/7 tech support
  • 550MB/sec read and 510MB/sec write speeds
  • Kit includes HyperX Multi-head Screwdriver and HyperX colored SATA Rev 3.0 (6Gb/s) cable
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Technical Details

Size: 240 GB
  • Brand Name: Kingston
  • Model: SH100S3B/240G
  • Hard Disk Size: 240.0 GB
  • Warranty: 3 years
  • Form Factor: 2.5-Inch
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Product Details

Size: 240 GB
  • Product Dimensions: 3.9 x 2.8 x 0.4 inches ; 4.5 ounces
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S.
  • ASIN: B005C95NCY
  • Item model number: SH100S3B/240G
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (49 customer reviews)
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: July 13, 2011

Product Description

Size: 240 GB

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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

    HyperX SSD Bundle

    HyperX SSDs are available in Upgrade Kits that include:
  • Acronis migration software
  • HyperX 3.5" desktop mounting plate
  • HyperX USB external drive bay
  • HyperX multi-head screwdriver
  • HyperX colored SATA Rev. 3.0 (6Gb/s) cable

    All Kingston HyperX SSDs are covered by a three-year warranty and backed by free technical support and legendary Kingston reliability.

  • Product Description

    Kingston's HyperX SSD combines the latest SandForce controller technology with premium NAND Flash, reducing load times while increasing performance and endurance. 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. Kingston's HyperX SSD lets users load games and applications faster, increase frames per second (FPS) and quickly transfer and edit large media files. It's cool, silent and requires less power with no additional cooling requirements. When configuring the HyperX SSD partition, the user can choose between having the maximum available capacity for data storage, or give up a little space to increase performance and endurance. This additional space is called over provisioning1 on an SSD. The amount of performance and endurance increase depends upon the type of data being stored on the HyperX SSD. The more data that is MPEG, JPG, ZIP, ARC, file types, the greater the benefit for this increased over provisioning. HyperX SSD is covered by a three-year warranty and backed by free live technical support and legendary Kingston reliability. Kit includes Acronis Migration Software, HyperX 3.5" Desktop mounting plate, HyperX USB External Drive Bay, HyperX Multi-head Screwdriver and HyperX colored SATA Rev 3.0 (6Gb/s) cable.

    Customer Questions & Answers

    Customer Reviews

    As far as the drive goes, this drive is very fast and I highly recommend it.
    Michael Sullivan
    If you just want the drive (saving about twenty bucks), you can buy it cheaper (without the extras).
    Jesse D. Walker
    Customer service promptly answered my call with almost no hold time and they spoke good english!
    Thomas A. Taylor

    Most Helpful Customer Reviews

    18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Thomas A. Taylor on October 25, 2011
    Size Name: 120 GB Verified Purchase
    The good:
    I got this SSD to be my boot drive and installed it in my cpu with no problems. Windows 7 went on without a hitch. It increased my windows experience index for hard drive, ram and processor and it seems very fast. The packaging was very good and the build quality seems very solid. With a newer main board capable of sata 6 it would be great. Customer service promptly answered my call with almost no hold time and they spoke good english!

    Now for the bad:
    I get random BSOD (blue screen of death error screen) since installing. After the BSOD the BIOS does not recognize the SSD in the hardware. In order for it to work again the computer needs to power completely off then back on, reset does not work. Apparently there is a known issue with the Sandforce SF-2281 SSD Controller which runs the drive. Sandforce has apparently released a firmware fix for the issue (version 3.3.2) but Kingston has not updated the firmware for the drive yet. I spoke with customer service at Kingston and was told that a firmware update is in the works and should be live within two weeks or so. (update) Kingston released an update for the firmware and so far it seems to have fixed my problem! I will upgrade the review to a 4.

    The adventure:
    Take a picture of the label of any product you install in your computer so you do not need to remove it to find info. Kingston requires a number off the drive itself, not just the box to get support. Would be nice if they put a sticker with that info on it in the box also. I have a tech support e-mail sent in and will update once I hear from them. A note on their website letting customers know about the issue and informing us they are working on it with an ETA would have saved hours and hours of wasted time troubleshooting.
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    8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By powerop on December 11, 2011
    Size Name: 120 GB Verified Purchase
    My drive came in Firmware 320XXXX and the most recent one is 322XXXX, which Kingston labels as an Urgent update. This meant that I had to upgrade the firmware out of the box. It didn't give me problems with the firmware it came with though, and actually my Windows 7 x64 installed easily without a hitch on the previous firmware. Remember guys, to fully access its potential you must enable AHCI (not IDE mode) in BIOS and your motherboard must support 6gb/s SATA 3, although it can still run on IDE and SATA 2 albeit slower than its potential. In fact, this drive is plug and play when installing Windows 7 32 or 64 bit.

    PROS:
    Incredibly fast read speeds. CrystalDiskMark shows 500MB/s average for me. I get WEI rating of 7.9 for Disk Transfer Rate.

    CONS:
    Write speeds is not as advetised for me. I'm getting 160MB/s average. I've tried upgrading my BIOS, newest Intel Rapid Storage, enabling cache writing, etc. and still no luck. My board (Asrock extreme4) also has a Marvell controller, and that too gives 160MB/s write speeds.

    This is what Kinston specifies as their advertised speed for this drive:
    Sequential reads 6Gb/s 3 -- 555MB/s for all capacities
    Sequential writes 6Gb/s -- 510MB/s for all capacities

    For the typical user, this is crazy fast. But it is just hard to accept much lower write speeds than advertised when spending top dollar for the best computer parts.

    UPDATE 12/20/2011**********
    Ok, I've done some research and it turns out that my results are normal. First of all, Kingston's claims are based on ATTO Disk Benchmark 2.41 results, which uses compressible data. CrystalDiskMark uses incompressible data by default, which are more closer to real-life applications.
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    5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Ed TOP 100 REVIEWER on February 16, 2012
    Size Name: 120 GB
    SandForce-based SSDs are dominating the SSD market right now, because of their terrific read/write performance. Buggy firmware in the early-going, gave a lot of SSD manufacturers, big-time PR headaches. The good news is, SandForce seems to have finally remedied the bugs that reacquainted a lot of Windows users with the blue screen of death (BSOD).

    PROS:

    - Comprehensive upgrade kit
    - Gorgeous drive
    - Great performance
    - Great website support
    - Backed by a 3-year warranty

    CONS:

    - Firmware can only be updated in Windows

    The Kingston HyperX 120GB SSD upgrade kit is a SandForce-based SSD, that performs similarly to other SandForce SSDs--wicked fast. What is different about the HyperX SSD, is the sharp, visual aesthetics and the killer bundle in the upgrade kit.

    UNBOXING
    There's no question that Kingston paid special attention to the packaging. Unlike many SSDs, the HyperX SSD comes in a high-quality box with foam inserts that protect the contents. The packaging is so nice, that you might want to actually keep it as a storage box for spare 2.5-inch drives.

    Upon opening the lid of the box, you see the beautiful blue HyperX SSD drive in a foam insert. In the underside of the foam insert, is the desktop adapter plate. Beneath that, you'll find another foam insert with the external enclosure and screwdriver. Also included is a USB cable for the external drive enclosure, blue SATA III cable, mounting screws and a software CD that includes a bootable-only version of Acronis True Image cloning software.

    UPGRADE KIT
    * Desktop adapter plate
    The blue 2.5-inch to 3.5-inch adapter plate is a nice-to-have, if you ever plan on using the HyperX SSD with a desktop computer.
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