Kingston Introduces 6Gbps HyperX SSD Bundle

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More SSDs? Yes, please! Competition can't come soon enough in the solid state drive market. Years after the first one was introduced, the majority of these are both too small and too expensive for most consumers to actually consider. But Kingston's pushing the performance barrier back, hopefully to allow lower-end units to proliferate the mainstream. For the hardcore, bleeding-edge junkies, you'll probably be interested in the company's first SandForce-based SSD, the HyperX SSD. It'll ship in 120GB and 240GB capacities as either a standalone drive or in a Bundle Kit.

It's a SATA Rev. 3.0 (6Gb/sec) SSD, allowing for equential read/write throughputs of 525/480MB/s, IOPS of 40,000/60,000 (240GB). It's backed by a 3-year warranty and should ship on July 11th, but no pricing information is available at this time. Count on it being pricey, though.

Kingston Digital Unveils First SandForce-based SSD

·        SATA Rev. 3.0 (6Gb/s)SSD for Enthusiasts, Gamers, Performance Users
·        Highest Performing Kingston SSD
·        HyperX Upgrade Kit for Easy Installation

COMPUTEX Taipei and Fountain Valley, CA --  (June 1, 2011) -- Kingston Technology Company, Inc., the independent world leader in memory products, today announced it has teamed up with SandForce® Inc., a leader in high-performance SSD (Solid-State Drive) processors, to launch its first SATA Rev 3.0 (6Gb/s) based SSD targeted at enthusiasts, gamers, and performance users. The Kingston HyperX® SSD feature the latest and most reliable SandForce controller to date, and is also available as a bundle with the HyperX Upgrade Kit for easy installation.

Shipping in 120GB and 240GB capacities, the HyperX SSD is based on SandForce

SF-2281 controllers featuring SATA Rev 3.0 (6Gb/s). It allows for incredible sequential read/write throughputs of 525/480MB/s, IOPS of 40,000/60,000 (240GB), and SandForce DuraClass™ Technology to provide best in class endurance.

            Enthusiasts have long known the Kingston HyperX brand as the industry leader in cutting edge memory. The new HyperX SSD continues this tradition of innovation and high performance by pairing the latest SandForce controller with Intel® 25nm compute NAND (P/E 5K) to provide the performance and endurance that the most demanding users require.

 “This launch is very exciting for us at Kingston. The SandForce controller allows us to deliver the high-end performance that is needed for power-users, gamers, and enthusiasts,” said Ariel Perez, SSD business manager, Kingston. “Integrating a final production quality controller and firmware, and undergoing extensive testing has been an exacting process, but well worth the wait. By pairing SandForce’s latest controller with Intel 25nm compute NAND (P/E 5K), we have built an SSD that meets the requirements set by true enthusiasts.”
Key Features of the Kingston HyperX SSD:
    * Intel 25nm Compute NAND (P/E 5K):
            5K compute NAND provides significant endurance increase over standard 3K cycle        NAND.
·         Advanced Wear-Leveling Technology:

Advanced algorithm ensures individual flash memory blocks are consumed at a very balanced rate enabling maximum endurance while maintaining optimal performance.
·         User Configurable Over Provisioning*:

The HyperX SSD allows for user configurable over provisioning, which enables the user to tweak the SSD’s performance per their specific performance needs. The user can increase the size of the over provisioned spare area; consequently, reducing the overall capacity of the drive while increasing the speed and performance.
·         TRIM and S.M.A.R.T Support:

With additional support for both TRIM and S.M.A.R.T., the HyperX SSD is equipped with all essential tools enthusiasts, heavy users and gamers need to make the most of their PC’s performance and drive endurance.
·         DuraClass™ Technology:

DuraClass Technology represents a set of NAND Flash management features that work in tandem to deliver world-class SSD reliability, performance, and power efficiency that differentiate SandForce SSD Processors from other Flash controllers.
·         HyperX Upgrade Kit Includes:
o        Acronis® True Image™ HD migration software
o        HyperX 2.5" Desktop Mounting Plate
o        HyperX USB External Drive Bay
o        HyperX Multi-Head Screwdriver
o        HyperX SATA Data Cable

            The Kingston HyperX SSD is backed by a three-year warranty, 24/7 tech support and legendary Kingston reliability. It will ship on July 11, 2011. For more information visit www.kingston.com

Kingston HyperX SSD Features and Specifications:

·         Sequential speed**:
Sequential read 6Gb/s:  525MB/s

Sequential write 6Gb/s: 480MB/s
·         Sustained Random 4K Read/Write:
120 GB: 20,000 / 60,000 IOPS
240 GB: 40,000 / 60,000 IOPS
·         Max Random 4K Read/Write
            120GB: 95,000 / 70,000 IOPS
            240GB: 95,000 / 60,000 IOPS
·         Form factor: 2.5"
·         Interface: SATA Rev. 3.0 (6Gb/s) and Rev 2.0 (3Gb/s)
·         Guaranteed: three-year Kingston warranty, 24/7 tech support
·         Capacity1: 120GB, 240GB
·         Storage temperatures: -40°C - 85°C
·         Operating temperatures: 0°C - 70°C
·         Dimensions: 69.85mm x 100mm x 9.5mm
·         Vibration operating: 2.17G
·         Vibration non-operating: 20G
·         Operating shock: 1500G
·         Power specs:

120GB: 0.455W (TYP) Idle / 1.6W (TYP) Read / 2.0W (TYP) Write

240GB: 0.455W (TYP) Idle / 1.5W (TYP) Read / 2.05W (TYP) Write
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i like the looks of better

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Blazer replied on Sun, Jun 5 2011 3:47 PM

my 2 OCZ Vertex's in raid out perform 1 of them though, probably at half the price. :)

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I love reading about high-end, expensive SSDs like this one. However, as you mentioned, SSD's are still too pricey for most consumers to actually consider. I would love to see Seagate, Western Digital, and Samsung put their collective might and resources into promoting SSDs in the near future. This would mean, hopefully, a quicker drop in SSD prices and an increase in interest from more consumers. Thanks Ray!

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EHarler replied on Sun, Jun 5 2011 4:28 PM

I highly doubt that, Blazer. Unless they're Vertex 3s.

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LBowen replied on Sun, Jun 5 2011 4:32 PM

It just looks so sleek and sexy, hopefully see some reviews after release.

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AKwyn replied on Sun, Jun 5 2011 8:04 PM

It looks especially sexy; and I'm hoping that it can last me for many years at a time...

Hey, the other issue is not pricing; but reliability. It's a known fact that MLC is cheaper then SLC but does not last as long as SLC; I'm really hoping SLC SSD's come down in prices; I like not having to worry about whether the next file I write to my drive will be my last.

 

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they are gonna go down with mechanical drive ship. milk it absolutely dry then sink.

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Personally I would not be concerned about looks of the drive most likely you will not be seeing it in the case anyways. Also I believe you can get drives that will be more reliable for less money. I am surprised they are only offering a 3 year warranty.

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"Count on it being pricey, though."

Kill Joy!!! :( lol. I really want to upgrade to SSD so lets get these things rolling and those price dropping!

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realneil replied on Sun, Jun 5 2011 10:42 PM

I have an OCZ Agility 2 and it made a huge change in my PC's performance. I just wish that I could afford a large one of them and then, one for all of the PC's.

All it takes is cubic money,..............

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rapid1 replied on Sun, Jun 5 2011 11:27 PM

I really don't know on the price thing as far as I have been able to find the Kingston drives have been the cheapest among major manufacturers in US prices or at the very least even with Adata.

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rapid1 replied on Sun, Jun 5 2011 11:31 PM

The Kingston drives were also specifically less expensive that Crucial, OCZ, Intel by far from what I have seen. Of course this is really a whole new benchmark level for them as well so they may try and capitalize on it, who knows until we see release prices. Kingston specifically is often strange about that as often especially with there higher end stuff it is expensive when released, but they move fast as well based on what market impact they have, which specifically in this platform had been relatively low or at least lower than those aforementioned OEM's .

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I LOVE my Kingston!

When the 250GB comes down to the buckfiddy range I will definitly be upgradding.

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rapid1 replied on Mon, Jun 6 2011 11:39 AM

yeah animatortom I feel the same way, the recent activity in ssd's across the board is positive though as there are more good choices with a much better price range than there were a year ago, and I expect this drive to keep moving as well.

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KMotheral replied on Sun, Jun 12 2011 2:06 AM

I want to get one, but I think I'll go with the Vertex 3

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KMotheral replied on Sun, Jun 12 2011 2:08 AM

What is buckfiddt ??

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