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Kingston goes SandForce: HyperX 240GB SSD review

By Julio Franco
Sep 1, 2011
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  1. Burty117

    Burty117 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,496   +304

  2. Burty117

    Burty117 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,496   +304

    Never mind, wasn't reading the Asus website properly!
    SB850 Chipset
    6 xSATA 6.0 Gb/s ports Support RAID 0,1,5,10

    Guess I can get a proper SSD after all!
  3. I wish TechSpot had used only the ~120GB sized drives for the testing. I bet Kingston's HyperX would've been on top in nearly every single test then. I think most people go for the ~120GB sized drives anyway. You can have your OS and a modest bunch of games on a drive that size. It's just big enough for "actual use."

    I would never, ever pay what they want for a ~240GB SSD. That's around $600 where I'm from (Norway). The way I understand the manufacturing costs involved with making a SSD drive (atm) is that they're barely making a profit right now. So, a 240GB SSD is actually worth $600, but I just wouldn't shell out that much for "just a drive," ya know?

    I paid about $300 for my Intel 320 Series 120GB SSD, which I consider to be fairly cheap for an SSD on the Norwegian market, considering the ridiculous prices 1-2 years ago. The Kingston HyperX 120GB goes for $296 here now, and that's cheap for a high performer like this. I will absolutely get me a HyperX, very soon!

    The only reason I went for the Intel 320 Series a while back was Intel's famed stability. Luckily I never got the 8MB bug, and I've got the updated/fixed Firmware now. It's fast as lightning compared to my old mechanical drive, but still, it seems like a turtle compared to this HyperX.
  4. Archean

    Archean TechSpot Paladin Posts: 6,048   +75

    +1 With the guest on that 120GB size remark. Overall very nice review, it is interesting to see SSD Now V+ beating 510 in the booting test.

    I think price range of 200-300$ for an SSD, is where most people would be looking at.
  5. Burty117

    Burty117 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,496   +304

    +2 as well, I am looking for a 120GB because of the price range :)
  6. SSD are getting to the limit of SATA 6 so quickly, can they get SATA 12 out before they hit the peek again.
  7. If the stability and reliability holds, this is a good step for Sandforce drives. But its probably too late... nobody dares buying their SSDs any more.
  8. i've bought the kingston hyperx 240gb and so far so good, havn't had any problems or bsod so far.
    i did not do any official speed test but its definitly fast...of course my last system had a 10k rpm raptor so it wasn't really hard to see a diffrence.
    set on ahci mode, it was detected automaticly. Installed windows 7 64 bits without any problems
    Mobo is sabertooth p67
  9. 3DCGMODELER

    3DCGMODELER TS Enthusiast Posts: 307   +18

    Thinking of investing in a SSD 120 or a 240 gig..
    Is it true.. ???
    For better performance to have programs and the temp files and Document file locations on a secound drive..not the SSD..??
    Did some reading and researching the SSD performance and Stability stuff for awhile now..
    Been holding off ..
    I have a new system and I have a Antec Case with the SSD mount on top od the unit..
    Been thinking of getting a SSD to put in there..

    Any thoughts ...??
    Mike
  10. Make sure you get one with a SF-2281 controller firmware version that addresses the following issues that were first confirmed as having being fixed in the last few days (18th October):

    http://www.ssdflashdrivereviews.com/flash-drive-article/Sandforce-SF-2281-BSOD-Performance-Issues.php

    http://www.tomshardware.com/news/SandForce-SF-2200-Firmware-bsod-update,13738.html

    http://thessdreview.com/latest-buzz/ocz-releases-ssd-firmware-to-fix-sandforce-sf-2281-blue-screen-of-death/

    http://forums.anandtech.com/showthread.php?t=2173899

    http://techgage.com/news/sandforce_pins_down_firmware_bug_behind_bsod_issues/GB

    http://techinsidr.com/is-a-recall-brewing-at-ocz/
     


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