If you've been following the news around SSDs lately you'll have noticed that since the performance of the latest generation SATA 600 SSDs is so similar, price is becoming the most important factor. Kingston has come to the same conclusion, and has introduced the HyperX 3K to join the price war. Hardware.Info put it to the test to see how it compares to the rest of the SSDs out there.
The trend of prices far below £1 per GB started a while ago, and a number of SSDs have appeared on the market with those low prices. A Crucial m4 256 GB you can find for £176, and an OCZ Agility 3 240 GB costs an average of £162. Those two aren't the fastest SSDs around, but the trend has been set.
Manufacturers don't have the luxury of opting out of the reduced-price trend. One will choose to lower the price of existing products (Crucial for example), the other prefers to introduce a new, more affordable series instead. We saw this recently with the Intel 330 series, which is based on the same controller and flash hardware as the 520 series, but is more affordable.
Kingston is following Intel's example and recently launched the HyperX 3K series. This series is based on the same technology as the HyperX SSDs, but clearly cheaper. The HyperX 3K SSDs are available in 90 GB, 120 GB, 240 GB and 480 GB editions.
We tested the 120 GB and 240 GB versions of the HyperX 3K to find out what the differences are in terms of hardware and performance.