Kingston Readies 90MB/s microSDXC, Ridiculously Fast HyperX Predator PCIe SSD
Called HyperX Predator, Kingston's latest and greatest SSD is PCIe-based in order to deliver some incredible performance. 1,400MB/s read and 1,000MB/s write to be exact. 240GB and 480GB versions of the drive will be available soon, with a 960GB version to come towards the end of Q1 or early Q2.
Further performance information is being kept mum for now, such as IOPS, but we do know that it's Marvell's X4-lane 88SS9293 controller that helps power it. Also, while "PCIe" might imply that you'd install this SSD beneath your graphics card, that's not your only option. For those with M.2 slots, Kingston will have you covered, with 240GB and 480GB SKUs.
While it's hard to compete with a PCIe SSD, Kingston's new UHS-I class 3 microSD card is impressive. Available in sizes up to 64GB, this card will support speeds of 90MB/s read and 80MB/s write, ideal for those using mobile devices that capture in super-high resolution, like 4K. Kind of sounds like the perfect solution for the new GoPro HERO4, doesn't it?
While Kingston might not be able to tout super-fast performance with its Locker+ G3, this flash drive serves a very different purpose: it keeps your data safe, and secure. Even so, the beefier models (32GB and 64GB) feature a read speed of 135MB/s, and the latter can hit 40MB/s write (versus 20MB/s of the 32GB).
As a secure drive, the Locker+ G3 requires a password to access its stored data, and if that password is entered 10 times incorrectly, you can consider your data gone. Kingston supplies versions of its software for both Mac OS X and Windows, so tough luck, Linux users (of which I'm included).
To prevent an instance where you lose your drive, or somehow forget the password, you can take advantage of Kingston's USBtoCLOUD software feature which will backup the drive's contents to services like Dropbox and Amazon S3.
Kingston hasn't revealed pricing information on any of these products, but you can expect to see them hit store shelves at some point this quarter.