October 25th, 2011

Kingston HyperX 240GB SATA III SSD

Kingston Hyper X 240GBIntroduction

SSDs are becoming more and more mainstream these days, with costs gradually coming down making them more accesible in more useful capacities, to more people. SATA III is a recent development that has seen these solid state discs almost doubling their read/write sequential performance, something that seems rediculous considering the relatively slow speed of our fastests HDDs just a few years ago.

Today I’m looking at one of these new SATA 6GBps drives from Kingston. It’s part of their HyperX range with a 240GB capacity. Let’s see how it performs.

Features

  • SandForce controller technololgy
  • High-speed SATA Rev 3.0 (6 Gb/s) transfer speeds
  • Performance  – incredible speeds for advanced gaming, multitasking, and multimedia computing power
  • Reliable – much less likely to fail than a standard hard drive
  • Shock-Resistant  – dropping your notebook no longer means losing your data
  • Cool & Quiet – runs silent and with no moving mechanical parts to generate heat
  • Innovative – uses NAND Flash memory components
  • Supports S.M.A.R.T. TRIM and Garbage Collection
  • Guaranteed – three-year Kingston warranty, 24/7 tech support

Specifications

  • Form factor – 2.5″
  • Controller – 2nd Generation SandForce Controller SF-2281
  • Components – Intel 25nm Compute-Quality MLC NAND (5k P/E Cycles)
  • Interface – SATA Rev 3.0 (6Gb/s), SATA Rev 2.0 (3Gb/s)
  • Capacity – 240 GB
  • Sequential reads 6Gb/s 3 – 525MB/s for all capacities
  • Sequential writes 6Gb/s – 480MB/s for all capacities
  • Sustained Random 4k Read/Write – 240GB – 40,000/60,000 IOPS
  • Max Random 4K R/W – 240GB – 95,000/60,000 IOPS
  • Supports S.M.A.R.T. TRIM and Garbage Collection
  • Warranty/support – Three-year warranty with free 24/7 support
  • Power Consumption – 240GB: 0.455 W (TYP) Idle / 1.6 W (TYP) Read / 2.05 W (TYP) Write
  • Dimensions – 69.85 x 100 x 9.5mm
  • Weight – 81g
  • Operating Temperatures – 0°C ~ 70°C
  • Storage Temperatures -40°C ~ 85°C
  • Shock Resistance – 1500G
  • Vibration Operating – 2.17G
  • Vibration Non-Operating – 20G
  • MTBF – 1,000,000 Hrs

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