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.