The Kingston HyperX solid state drive put up a good fight against the OCZ Vertex 3 MAX IOPS in our tests with the drives exhibiting a similar level of performance on a number of occasions. On average, we would say that it was ever so slightly behind the OCZ Vertex 3 MAX IOPS and ahead of the Intel 510 Series and Crucial M4 in terms of performance.

It’s not surprising that the Kingston HyperX and OCZ Vertex 3 MAX IOPS performed similarly in our tests, as they both feature the same Sandforce SF-2281 controller and high quality synchronous memory. This deals much better with compressible data than asynchronous memory, which can be found in drives like the Corsair Force 3.

Despite being slightly behind the OCZ Vertex 3 in terms of performance, we think that the Kingston HyperX is the better buy, as it can be purchased for about USD 100 less if you get the non-bundle version. We highly doubt that there would be any noticeable real world performance difference between the two drives.

For less technically advanced users, the bundle version of the Kingston HyperX may be worth the extra money, as it provides all the tools and software that are required to upgrade your system with the SSD.

Henry has been taking apart computers since the age of 10, which eventually lead to a career in technology journalism. He's written for numerous leading UK technology websites as well as writing advisory articles for Best Buy.