Kingston Ships SandForce DuraClass-Based SSNow KC100 SSD

Regardless of how many are introduced, we still get the tingling sensation in our spine when a new solid state drive crosses into our view. Kingston's the latest to do so, with the unveiling of their new SandForce-based, business-centric SSD. It's the SSDNow KC100, the company's first SATA Rev. 3 (6Gb/sec) business-ready SSD. It's built with SandForce's DuraClass technology, promising "world-class" integrity as well as a few other tricks.

KC100 is the only business-equipped SSD to offer enterprise-level S.M.A.R.T attributes. The SSD’s usage statistics, health and life stage can be monitored with industry standard and publicly available S.M.A.R.T monitoring tools.   The new KC100 self-encrypts to provide full and immediate client-level data encryption. With two embedded encryption engines, running in both AES-128 and AES-256, encryption is performed at the drive level without draining host system resources and slowing down data transfer rates. KC100 is also backwards-compatible with current SATA 2 systems so investments are future-proofed for the next client system upgrade.

SSDNow KC100 ships in 120GB, 240GB and 480GB capacities, as a standalone or as an upgrade bundle kit, and there's a 5-year warranty thrown in as well. Pricing? Ranges from $337 to $1285, so break out the checkbook!