Kingston HyperX 120g SandForce SF-2281 SSD Review

Why, oh great tech gods, why have I not done this sooner. Seeing the SSD craze at CES this year, we have decided it was about time we got our hands on one and saw what all the hubbub was all about. For those unaware, an SSD (Solid State Hard Drive) is exactly as the name describes. The hard drive has no moving parts, giving insanely faster performance to your standard HDD.

Thanks to Kingston, one of the most trusted names in memory devices on the market, we were able to test out the HyperX SandForce SF-2281 Solid State Drive. Simply put, the conversion is complete, never again will I revert to an HDD unless I need to store terabytes of porn.

Inside this glorious box you will find salvation. No more will Photoshop take forever to load, no more will Windows take 3 minutes to boot, no more will Skyrim be loading! Free yourself comrade! Free your mind!… or at least your computer’s true capabilities.

Sleek, sexy, aluminum casing shows off the HyperX logo with a cool blue silver mixed finish.

Kingston also provides one of the best accessory kits available if you opt for the HyperX Upgrade Bundle. The Drive Only bundle isn’t too shabby either, since it includes a desktop adapter bracket. Both kits includes a three-year warranty and 24/7 Kingston Support. Great bang for your buck.

Lots of stuff for us here. Boot disk, Screwdriver-pen, SATA cable, USB cable, All required screws, External adapter, and Internal tray.
Kingston stock specks are as follows:
All four versions are currently available at Newegg

The HyperX Upgrade Bundle is now listed at 229.99 (120GB) and 489.99 (240GB), both after a mail-in-rebate. The Drive Only models are listed at 219.99 (120GB) and 469.99 (240GB) and also have a mail-in-rebate.

Now let’s get back to the tech.

If we’re speaking benchmarks, In ATTO we achieved performance that exceeded Kingston’s specifications, always a pleasant surprise. The recorded maximum read number was just under 560MB/s and our maximum write number was just over 521MB/s.

With access times under 0.2 seconds, this is what most users are looking for when considering the move to solid state drives. Programs open and respond quicker, browsing files is almost instantaneous, games load faster and we even experienced significant performance improvements in Skyrim, League of Legends, and Mass Effect 3 (demo). If you are thinking it is time to make the move, this is EXACTLY what you have been looking for.

I loved this SSD so much that I even made a short video showing how quick and easy it is to install and upgrade.

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