Kingston Ships High-Speed HyperX SSDs

On Monday Kingston revealed the shipment of its first-ever SATA 3.0 6 Gb/s solid-state drive, the HyperX SSD. It features a SandForce SF-2281 controller cranking out sequential read/write throughput of 555 / 510 MB/s and premium Intel 25-nm Compute NAND (P/E 5K).

The 2.5-inch drive hits the market in two capacities, 120 GB and 240 GB, and as a stand-alone device with an included HyperX-branded 2.5-inch to 3.5-inch desktop mounting plate, or bundled with a HyperX Upgrade Kit for easy installation. This kit includes Acronis True Image HD migration software, a desktop mounting plate, an external drive bay, a multi-head screwdriver and a SATA data cable.

Based on "out-of-box" performance with IOMeter08, the 120 GB model offers a max 4KB random read/write of 95,000 / 70,000 IOPS. Kingston did not provide numbers for the 240 GB model, but its Amazon listing states that it has 525 MB/sec read and 480 MB/sec write speeds (as does the 120 GB listing despite what Kingston reports).

Pricing for the HyperX SSD doesn't come cheap: $269.99 for the stand-alone 120 GB drive and $284.99 for the bundled version. The 240 GB model costs $519.99 by itself and $539.99 for the bundled version. All four are now available on Amazon.com, Buy.com, Newegg.com, and Tigerdirect.com.

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  • Faster speed is always appreciated but what we really want in this economy is affordability. How about working on the performance/price ratio while you're at it? Other than that, nice addition to the SSD market :)
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  • Faster speed is always appreciated but what we really want in this economy is affordability. How about working on the performance/price ratio while you're at it? Other than that, nice addition to the SSD market :)
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  • Kingston SSDs, particularly their V+ 100 series, are probably your best 'bang for the buck' choice right now. Not the fastest, but also not the least reliable, and generally the best $/mb at SATAII speeds...
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  • Um, yeah. I really don't care about read/write speeds, as much as I care about reliability. I'll take a 50-100 hit on each read and write if it means I can not worry about failure or complete bricking.


    Also, the price. JEEZE! Just give us a 240GB drive that has a mixture of speed/performance and dependability - with a price of around $250~.


    Unless you're a person who transfers insanely large files all the time, I honestly cannot imagine why you'd need a SSD THIS fast. I rather just buy a cheap and reliable SSD - even the slowest SSDs beat the crap out of the fastest HDDs.
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