Kingston goes SandForce: HyperX 240GB SSD review

By on September 1, 2011, 4:07 AM

First demonstrated by OCZ's Vertex 3, the new SandForce SF-2200 (SF-2281) controller offers incredible read and write performance of over 500MB/s. Kingston's new HyperX SSD range comes four months after we reviewed Vertex 3, so it might seem like the company is a bit tardy. However, its late arrival could prove beneficial when you consider the firmware issues others have been experiencing.

By sitting on the sidelines until now, Kingston has been afforded the luxury of refining its firmware. The company says it's spent time ironing out the bugs in order to bring a stable and high performing product to market.

It also claims that the HyperX range has undergone extended rigorous testing and qualifications. With that in mind, it's only fair to believe Kingston's latest addition will be a rock solid representation of the SandForce SF-2200 controller. Let's press on here and see if the HyperX can live up to that expectation.

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Burty117 Burty117, TechSpot Chancellor, said:

I have an Asus Crosshair IV Formula which has Sata-III 6Gbps, does anyone know if the chipset on this board is actually designed to support that or did asus do it using a third party controller?


Burty117 Burty117, TechSpot Chancellor, said:

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!

Guest said:

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.

Archean Archean, TechSpot Paladin, said:

+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.

Burty117 Burty117, TechSpot Chancellor, said:

+2 as well, I am looking for a 120GB because of the price range

Guest said:

SSD are getting to the limit of SATA 6 so quickly, can they get SATA 12 out before they hit the peek again.

Guest said:

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.

Guest said:

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


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 ...??


Guest said:

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):

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