Kingston Gets Serious In SSD – Launches SandForce HyperX SSDs

 Kingston Gets Serious In SSD   Launches SandForce HyperX SSDs

Kingston is clearly getting more serious in the SSD business and unveils their first SandForce based HyperX series SSD today. These SSDs are using the SandForce SF-2281 SATA 6Gb/s controllers with Intel 25nm Compute NAND (5K Program Erase) and are available in 120GB and 240GB capacities. HyperX SSDs have a read throughput of 525MB/s and a write throughput of 480MB/s, 4KB random read/write speeds of up to 95K/70K IOPS.

 Kingston Gets Serious In SSD   Launches SandForce HyperX SSDs

Kingston is clearly getting more serious in the SSD business and unveils their first SandForce based HyperX series SSD today. These SSDs are using the SandForce SF-2281 SATA 6Gb/s controllers with Intel 25nm Compute NAND (5K Program Erase) and are available in 120GB and 240GB capacities. HyperX SSDs have a read throughput of 525MB/s and a write throughput of 480MB/s, 4KB random read/write speeds of up to 95K/70K IOPS.

 Kingston Gets Serious In SSD   Launches SandForce HyperX SSDs

 Kingston Gets Serious In SSD   Launches SandForce HyperX SSDs

According to Nathan Su, Flash Memory Director of APAC Region, these drives are expected to ship on July 11th and will be available in the channel by end of July. Although no official pricing are revealed yet but Nathan Su mentioned that these HyperX SSD drives will be priced very competitively against OCZ's line-up. With Kingston's strong branding and distribution channels, they are certainly a force not to be reckoned with. When asked about the selection of controllers, Nathan Su said they will always choose the highest performance controllers for their HyperX line-up.

On a side note, we also asked him about the SSD caching solutions for Intel Z68 platform and he revealed that there are indeed plans to provide a small capacity SSD similar to Intel's Larson Creek. There will be a 32GB model coming out later in August using either J-Micron or Toshiba controllers available in both mSATA and SATA. As we have reported earlier, there are currently two motherboard manufacturers who have the mSATA slots on their motherboards; Gigabyte and Giadatech and we should expect more makers to jump onto the bandwagon.

 Kingston Gets Serious In SSD   Launches SandForce HyperX SSDs

 Kingston Gets Serious In SSD   Launches SandForce HyperX SSDs

 Kingston Gets Serious In SSD   Launches SandForce HyperX SSDs

 Kingston Gets Serious In SSD   Launches SandForce HyperX SSDs

 Kingston Gets Serious In SSD   Launches SandForce HyperX SSDs

Read Speed

 Kingston Gets Serious In SSD   Launches SandForce HyperX SSDs

Write Speed

 Kingston Gets Serious In SSD   Launches SandForce HyperX SSDs