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Kingston Releases HyperX 3K Solid State Drives

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The new 2.5-inch drive is equipped with a second generation SandForce SF-2281 controller and a SATA 3.0 (6Gb/s) interface, allowing the drive to reach sequential read/write speeds of up to 555/510(MB/s). The new HyperX 3K SSD is available in 90GB, 120GB, 240GB and 480GB capacities.

While both HyperX drives use the same controller and offer similar performance, the HyperX 3K is rated for 3,000 MLC NAND P/E cycles where as the regular HyperX SSD is rated for 5,000 P/E cycles. What does this mean? The fewer program / erase (P/E) cycles your drive has, the lower its lifespan. This difference is inconsequential to most regular user workloads, so the extra savings are worth it.

“Kingston is devoted to offering the best upgrade solution for every market segment. The new Kingston 3K SSD is specifically designed to meet the needs of budget-minded gamers, PC enthusiasts and A/V professionals looking for powerful upgrades,” said Ariel Perez, SSD business manager, Kingston. “We are thrilled to offer an SSD that combines HyperX performance and Kingston quality at a lower price.”

The new HyperX 3K SSD is protected by a three-year warranty and free technical support. The new HyperX 3K Solid State Drives are available on Newegg now. Early stand-alone pricing starts with the 90GB at $139.99, 120GB at $169.99, 240GB at $339.99 and the 480GB at $699.99. An optional upgrade kit which includes a USB enclosure, cables, software and a screwdriver will cost an additional $10. For more information visit Kingston's product page.

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    Swindez95 , April 10, 2012 9:12 PM
    Hmm...I think I just found the replacement for my 60 gig Agility 2 OS drive that is getting pretty full now. That price for the 120 gig is right in my price range.
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    Shin-san , April 10, 2012 11:12 PM
    Kingston has always been good as a value-level company. I wonder how reliable their SSDs are.
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    confish21 , April 10, 2012 11:47 PM
    still waiting for $1 per gig... but not too bad. Love to have some benchmarks.
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    joytech22 , April 11, 2012 12:43 AM
    Not bad at all, finally a large SSD (400GB+) is within my price range.
    Would definitely make that my boot drive, saves me reinstalling Windows every few years..

    I always seem to lose 5-10mb a day to "something" and I never find out where that data goes on my SSD, so 400+GB would help that scenario a lot.
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    shqtth , April 11, 2012 2:35 AM
    Your news is old. Already can buy these for the last 2 weeks now.
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    notsleep , April 11, 2012 2:56 AM
    one still have to sell a kidney/lung to buy a decent ssd...when will we see prices drop for ssd? the cost per gb is still insane. :o 
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    trumpeter1994 , April 11, 2012 12:25 PM
    Value SSD at "120GB for $169.99," I don't get it lol. Thats still more expensive than a 120GB Corsair and its much more than a 120GB OCZ after the rebate......... This "value" SSD doesn't sound it's a very good value to me.
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    DaddyW123 , April 11, 2012 12:56 PM
    joytech22Not bad at all, finally a large SSD (400GB+) is within my price range.Would definitely make that my boot drive, saves me reinstalling Windows every few years..I always seem to lose 5-10mb a day to "something" and I never find out where that data goes on my SSD, so 400+GB would help that scenario a lot.

    I'm sorry, but $700 for a hard drive is in your price range? You have too much money and should give me some.
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    Anonymous , April 19, 2012 9:58 PM
    "While both HyperX drives use the same controller and offer similar performance, the HyperX 3K is rated for 3,000 MLC NAND P/E cycles where as the regular HyperX SSD is rated for 5,000 P/E cycles. What does this mean? The fewer program / erase (P/E) cycles your drive has, the lower its lifespan. This difference is inconsequential to most regular user workloads, so the extra savings are worth it."

    Does that mean that the regular Kingston HyperX have 40% longer lifespan than the HyperX 3K?