Kingston HyperX Max 3.0 External USB 3 128GB SSD Review – Benchmark Protocol and Initial Testing

This is The SSD Review Test Bench and a quick click on the photo will bring it up full size for closer inspection.


  • Our main goal in testing is to ensure that all test results are as accurate as they can be and no anomalies slip through. We conduct all tests three times and, if necessary, we may conduct specific tests in Windows 7 ‘safe mode’ to ensure the OS has little to no influence on the end result.
  • We prefer to use as many benchmark programs as possible to assist with confirmation of results and provide the reader with the actual tests as received to avoid any confusion when unexpected test benchmarks are received.


MOTHERBOARD: Gigabyte P67A-UD7 ATX LGA 1155 Intel SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0

CPU: Intel Core i7-2600K Sandy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo Boost) 4 x 256KB L2 Cache 8MB L3 Cache LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor

RAM: Corsair Vengeance 8GB DDR3 1600 SDRAM

GPU: MSI N560GTX-Ti Twin Frozr II OC Edition 1024MB GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0

POWER: Corsair Professional Series AX850 850W ATX12V v2.31 / EPS12V v2.92 80 PLUS GOLD Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply

CHASSIS: Fractal-Design Define XL ATX Mid Tower Silent Computer Case

CPU COOLER: Corsair H50 High Performance Water CPU Cooler

NETWORK: DiLink Powerline AV Network With D-Link DIR 655 Wifi N Router

DVD: Sony Black 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 8X DVD+R DL 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 12X DVD-RAM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM 2MB Cache SATA 24X DVD Writer

STORAGE: 3 x Icy Dock 4×1 SSD Racks for 5.25″ Device Bay


ATTO Disk Benchmark V. 2.46

blankThis is something that we are sure many users of external drives will be happy to see.  199MB/s read and 161MB/s write speeds are absolutely great speeds for any external storage media.

Crystal DiskMark x64 V. 3.0

blankOur Crystal testing goes a step further to show us that even the ‘all important’ 4k random write scores are excellent at 35MB/s.  As many know by now, this specific disk access method is used in over 50% of typical user activity and is the most influential form of disk access with respect to the visible upgrade we see between a hard drive and SSD.

Pg1 – Introduction

Pg2 – Benchmark Protocol & Initial Testing

Pg3 – AS SSD & PCMark Vantage

Pg4 – HDTune Pro

Pg5 – Conclusions


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