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Hey guys,

Been a while since I've done a new thread as new hardware doesn't just flow through my PC as often anymore. Anyhow, I just picked up a Kingston HyperX 120GB SSD during the Black Friday/Cyber Monday weekend. It's installed, and I'm currently running Win 7 x64 on it, and posting via the installation. I picked up a few things through a quick search, but I'm curious what else there is to know now that I have this wonderful drive?

 
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Many people seems to think that all there is to SSD´s are size and read and write speed thats not all true IOPS is sometimes more importantly then just fast read and write speeds
What is IOPS you say you can read about it here http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/IOPS
IOPS = Input/Output Operations Per Second
Edited by shilka - 12/10/12 at 4:21pm
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Many people seems to think that all there is to SSD´s are size and read and write speed thats not all true IOPS is sometimes more importantly the just fast read and write speeds
What is IOPS you say you can read about it here http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/IOPS
IOPS = Input/Output Operations Per Second

It was the only thing I was finding people really using for benchmarking, but that was definitely an interesting read. Is there a, shall I say, 'formal' benchmark for IOPS? And what is generally good for an SSD?

I feel dumb, must have completely overread the second paragraph somehow.
Edited by pez - 12/10/12 at 4:20pm
 
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msahci? Is this your sig rig? Someone hasn't installed his Chipset drivers. tongue.gif

http://support.amd.com/us/gpudownload/windows/Pages/raid_windows.aspx

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You wanna learn more about your SSD alright going into nerd mode

Form factor — 2.5″
Controller — 2nd Generation SandForce® Controller SF-2281
Components — Intel® 25nm Compute-Quality MLC NAND (5k P/E Cycles)
Interface: — SATA Rev 3.0 (6Gb/s), SATA Rev 2.0 (3Gb/s)
Capacities2 — 120 GB, 240 GB
Sequential reads 6Gb/s3 — 555MB/s for all capacities
Sequential writes 6Gb/s — 510MB/s for all capacities
Sustained Random 4k Read/Write —
120GB – 20,000/60,000 IOPS
240GB – 40,000/60,000 IOPS
Max Random 4K R/W4 —
120GB – 95,000/70,000 IOPS
240GB – 95,000/60,000 IOPS
PCMARK® Vantage HDD Suite Score5 —
120GB – 81,196
240GB – 81,394
Supports S.M.A.R.T., TRIM, and Garbage Collection
Warranty/support: — Three-year warranty with free 24/7 support
Power Consumption —
120GB: 0.455 W (TYP) Idle / 1.6 W (TYP) Read / 2.0 W (TYP) Write
240GB: 0.455 W (TYP) Idle / 1.5 W (TYP) Read / 2.05 W (TYP) Write
Dimensions — 69.85 x 100 x 9.5mm
Weight — 94g
Operating Temperatures — 0°C ~ 70°C
Storage Temperatures — -40°C ~ 85°C
Shock Resistance — 1500G
Vibration Operating — 2.17G
Vibration Non-Operating — 20G
MTBF — 1,000,000 Hrs

Reviews here
http://www.bjorn3d.com/2011/08/kingston-hyperx-240gb-sata-iii-ssd/#.UMcI5nfB2jY
http://hardocp.com/article/2011/08/17/kingston_hyperx_ssd_240gb_120gb_storage_review/
Actually i had that very same SSD last year mine was broken so i had to return it and i got a refund for it.
The problem was the dammed thing would keep freezing for 10 to 30 sec and then work fine after that
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msahci? Is this your sig rig? Someone hasn't installed his Chipset drivers. tongue.gif
http://support.amd.com/us/gpudownload/windows/Pages/raid_windows.aspx
I'm curious what your scores will be after installing that. smile.gif

It is indeed, sir. And I just did a fresh install, but I will download that. Guessing I just need the chipset driver, correct? I am now very curious about RAID speeds with this drive, as if I could find it again for $60, I'd probably pull the trigger again. My MacBook Air runs so nicely on it's SSD that going back to my desktop, or any other Macbook, iMac, etc was nearly painful as it lacked that quickness.
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Originally Posted by shilka View Post

You wanna learn more about your SSD alright going into nerd mode
Form factor — 2.5″
Controller — 2nd Generation SandForce® Controller SF-2281
Components — Intel® 25nm Compute-Quality MLC NAND (5k P/E Cycles)
Interface: — SATA Rev 3.0 (6Gb/s), SATA Rev 2.0 (3Gb/s)
Capacities2 — 120 GB, 240 GB
Sequential reads 6Gb/s3 — 555MB/s for all capacities
Sequential writes 6Gb/s — 510MB/s for all capacities
Sustained Random 4k Read/Write —
120GB – 20,000/60,000 IOPS
240GB – 40,000/60,000 IOPS
Max Random 4K R/W4 —
120GB – 95,000/70,000 IOPS
240GB – 95,000/60,000 IOPS
PCMARK® Vantage HDD Suite Score5 —
120GB – 81,196
240GB – 81,394
Supports S.M.A.R.T., TRIM, and Garbage Collection
Warranty/support: — Three-year warranty with free 24/7 support
Power Consumption —
120GB: 0.455 W (TYP) Idle / 1.6 W (TYP) Read / 2.0 W (TYP) Write
240GB: 0.455 W (TYP) Idle / 1.5 W (TYP) Read / 2.05 W (TYP) Write
Dimensions — 69.85 x 100 x 9.5mm
Weight — 94g
Operating Temperatures — 0°C ~ 70°C
Storage Temperatures — -40°C ~ 85°C
Shock Resistance — 1500G
Vibration Operating — 2.17G
Vibration Non-Operating — 20G
MTBF — 1,000,000 Hrs
Reviews here
http://www.bjorn3d.com/2011/08/kingston-hyperx-240gb-sata-iii-ssd/#.UMcI5nfB2jY
http://hardocp.com/article/2011/08/17/kingston_hyperx_ssd_240gb_120gb_storage_review/
Actually i had that very same SSD last year mine was broken so i had to return it and i got a refund for it.
The problem was the dammed thing would keep freezing for 10 to 30 sec and then work fine after that

I've generally read to avoid Sandforce controllers, but at the same time, this wasn't the Sandforce controller I had heard awful stories about. I kinda dove into it blindly, but I am satisfied so far. Very noticeable improvement in OS speeds, program speeds, etc.
 
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Yep, install those Chipset drivers and re-run the benchmark. smile.gif

Sandforce SSDs are alright now. Most of the firmware issues have been tackled. They're not at the top of my list, but you can't argue too much if the price is really good. wink.gif
     
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Yep, install those Chipset drivers and re-run the benchmark. smile.gif
Sandforce SSDs are alright now. Most of the firmware issues have been tackled. They're not at the top of my list, but you can't argue too much if the price is really good. wink.gif

Going to install the chipset driver after I transfer my games to my new drive. The way I have my system set up now is C: Windows, Programs; D: Games, Steam Games, Etc.; and E: Music, Movies, Pictures, etc..

Thanks for the tips and info so far guys.
 
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Just a little hint: if you have set your Windows user folders ("my pictures" etc.) to point to your E: drive, I found that it hugely affected my boot time (in a bad way). So if you have it set like that, I would just use the libraries function instead, and if you don't then just bear it in mind should you ever consider moving the user folders to an HDD thumb.gif
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Just a little hint: if you have set your Windows user folders ("my pictures" etc.) to point to your E: drive, I found that it hugely affected my boot time (in a bad way). So if you have it set like that, I would just use the libraries function instead, and if you don't then just bear it in mind should you ever consider moving the user folders to an HDD thumb.gif

What exactly do you mean by using the "libraries function"?
 
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