Kingston HyperX Max 3.0 External USB 3 128GB SSD Review – AS SSD and PCMark Vantage

AS SSD Benchmark V 1.6

AS SSD is a software program that was created specifically for testing solid state drives.  It does an excellent job of confirming other such benchmarks, but also shows us the incredible access times of .154ms and .272ms which are significantly lower than that of a hard drive.  The disk access time of a hard drive is typically about 9ms or 60 times slower than the displayed read access time above.

AS SSD Copy Benchmark V 1.6


AS SSD Compression Benchmark V 1.6


PCMark Vantage HDD Suite

The SSD Review uses benchmark software called PCMark Vantage x64 HDD Suite to create testing scenarios that might be used in the typical user experience. There are eight tests in all and the tests performed record the speed of data movement in MB/s to which they are then given a numerical score after all of the tests are complete. The simulations are as follows:

  • Windows Defender In Use
  • Streaming Data from storage in games such as Alan Wake which allows for massive worlds and riveting non-stop action
  • Importing digital photos into Windows Photo Gallery
  • Starting the Vista Operating System
  • Home Video editing with Movie Maker which can be very time consuming
  • Media Center which can handle video recording, time shifting and streaming from Windows media center to an extender such as XBox
  • Cataloging a music library
  • Starting applications


Since most people moving up to a USB 3 SSD wil be either moving from the traditional hard drive external or discovering the SSD as an external media for the first time, we thought it only fair to draw comparison to the hard drive itself.  The hard drive that we are using as a comparison is the Samsung 1.5TB Spinpoint F2 HDD.

blankAs we can see here, the Kingston HyperX was clearly the victor and it wasn’t really even worth posting the results of the hard drive.  The total suite score of the HyperX was 24764, some 6 times better than 4345 points posted by the hard drive.

Pg1 – Introduction

Pg2 – Benchmark Protocol & Initial Testing

Pg3 – AS SSD & PCMark Vantage

Pg4 – HDTune Pro

Pg5 – Conclusions


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