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Kingston Ships High-Speed HyperX SSDs

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Kingston has officially launched its HyperX SSD line featuring the SandForce SF-2281 controller and a SATA 3.0 6 Gb/s connection.

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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    wintermint , August 2, 2011 5:48 PM
    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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    wintermint , August 2, 2011 5:48 PM
    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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    jacobdrj , August 2, 2011 5:57 PM
    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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    whysobluepandabear , August 2, 2011 6:01 PM
    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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    jacobdrj , August 2, 2011 6:04 PM
    I want them to shatter the magical $1/GB plateau. Once they do that, I think we will have ourselves a ball game...
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    JohnnyLucky , August 2, 2011 6:28 PM
    jacobdrjI want them to shatter the magical $1/GB plateau. Once they do that, I think we will have ourselves a ball game...


    Two months ago the Kingston V+ 100 96GB ssd was on sale at newegg for $99.99. That's just a few pennies over $1.00/GB.
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    Anonymous , August 2, 2011 6:30 PM
    @jacobdrj

    along with the $50 quad core CPU, cause fab for a SSD is so much more different than you CPU
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    verbalizer , August 2, 2011 6:31 PM
    Quote:
    Two months ago the Kingston V+ 100 96GB ssd was on sale at newegg for $99.99. That's just a few pennies over $1.00/GB.

    I grabbed one of those too..
    Then also found a Agility 2 90GB for $130 shipped on eBay.
    Turned around and sold Kingston on eBay for $120 shipped... :D 
    It was and is a good buy.
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    applegetsmelaid , August 2, 2011 6:55 PM
    Prices for SSDs are a steal. Take a read and stop whining.
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    applegetsmelaid , August 2, 2011 6:56 PM
    http://www.storagesearch.com/ssd-pricing.html
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    whysobluepandabear , August 2, 2011 6:59 PM
    applegetsmelaidPrices for SSDs are a steal. Take a read and stop whining.

    $50 for can of Coke is a good deal. Would you be willing to buy it?


    See where this is going?


    If you somehow argue that logic, then debate the fact that a 20 oz or less bottle of water typically costs $1 or more at most public places.


    Fact is, you're a window licking idiot - just like the corporations want you to be. You think you're getting a good deal on SSDs? Maybe you're a fan of Apple? You seem willing to pay whatever - you must be.
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    whysobluepandabear , August 2, 2011 7:02 PM
    applegetsmelaidhttp://www.storagesearch.com/ssd-pricing.html

    And the same situation can be said for LCD technology when introduced. Remember the LCD vs CRT price difference?

    Look at it now. It's called mass production and driving prices down by competition and research.


    It's the same reason a CD player used to be exclusively for the rich in the 80's. Now I can go to Walmart and find one for $10.
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    eklipz330 , August 2, 2011 7:05 PM
    jacobdrjI want them to shatter the magical $1/GB plateau. Once they do that, I think we will have ourselves a ball game...

    it's been less than that on multiple occasions in the past year... but given they were the cheaper models

    the older models are cheaper than the newer ones... you gotta pay extra if you want the speed
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    thebigt42 , August 2, 2011 7:08 PM
    How about some model numbers please?
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    spookyman , August 2, 2011 7:10 PM
    I can still remember paying $500 for a 500meg drive in 1995.
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    thebigt42 , August 2, 2011 7:10 PM
    Kingston P/N Description
    SH100S3/120G 120GB HyperX SSD SATA 3 2.5
    SH100S3/240G 240GB HyperX SSD SATA 3 2.5
    SH100S3B/120G 120GB HyperX SSD SATA 3 2.5 Upgrade Bundle Kit
    SH100S3B/240G 240GB HyperX SSD SATA 3 2.5 Upgrade Bundle Kit
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    applegetsmelaid , August 2, 2011 7:11 PM
    Quote:
    Fact is, you're a window licking idiot


    Thank you sir!
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    whysobluepandabear , August 2, 2011 7:20 PM
    applegetsmelaidThank you sir!

    You're welcome sweetheart.
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    christop , August 2, 2011 7:33 PM
    I love the speed but hate the price.
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    Anonymous , August 2, 2011 7:48 PM
    @whysobluepandabear

    actually the cost of LCD is directly related to it's manufacturing yield, when they first figured out how to manufacture LCD the yield rate was as low as 30% and you were almost guaranteed to have a dead pixel somewhere so the cost of the thing was astronomical, then LG/Samsung figured out how to revive dead pixels (a propriety process which probably involves pumping large voltage through the affected pixel, LG is currently suing Samsung for patent infringement for this specific process), yield rate shot up from 30% to as high as 90% and as a result LCD prices came down

    the price of the CD player came down not due to yield issues but rather recuperation of cost, currently the cost of development of CDs have been fully recuperated so CD players now are sold at a mark up from material cost

    Silicon (like LCD) will never be sold based upon material cost (how much do yo think a few grams of silicon cost) but rather they will be priced by yield rates
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    liveonc , August 2, 2011 7:48 PM
    I wanna USB 3.0 hybrid HDD with a 16-32GB SSD cache that can move it to the HDD on batteries so when I'm in a rush to back something up, I can & take my time when I have to recover from my affordable 1TB HDD that's also on the SSD/HDD USB 3.0 hybrid.
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