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Kingston Releases Business Class KC100 SSD

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Kingston launches its first SATA 6.0 Gb/s Enterprise SSD, the SSDNow KC100 SSD, utilizing the SandForce SF-2200 family of controllers.

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The Kingston SSDNow KC100 features a 2.5-inch form factor, SATA 6.0 Gb/s interface, MTBF of 1 million hours, automatic data encryption using two embedded encryption engines, running in both AES-128 and AES-256. The drive is backed by a five-year warranty for added peace of mind. Utilizing SandForce’s DuraClass technology, KC100 delivers data integrity protection that runs transparently in the background.

“Kingston is thrilled to offer the new business-equipped KC100 SSD to enterprises,” said Ariel Perez, SSD business manager, Kingston. “Data integrity is important to every company and the KC100 is sure to deliver the highest standards of data protection on the client systems in which it is installed. Users can rest assured that with the combination of its endurance, reliability and performance, KC100 will become a very important asset in the workplace.”

KC100 Business-Equipped SSD

Kingston SSDNow KC100 Features and Specifications:

  • Sequential Reads 6Gb/s: Based on “out-of-box performance” with ATTO Disk Benchmark 2.41
    • SATA Rev. 3.0 – 120GB & 240GB: 555MB/s; 480GB: 540MB/s
    • SATA Rev. 2.0 – 120GB, 240GB & 480GB: 280MB/s
  • Sequential Writes 6Gb/s: Based on “out-of-box performance” with ATTO Disk Benchmark 2.41
    • SATA Rev. 3.0 – 120GB & 240GB: 510MB/s; 480GB: 450MB/s
    • SATA Rev. 2.0 – 120GB, 240GB & 480GB: 260MB/s
  • Sustained Random 4K Read/Write: Based on “out-of-box performance” with IOMeter08
    • 120GB: 20,000 / 60,000 IOPS
    • 240GB: 40,000 / 60,000 IOPS
    • 480GB: 60,000/45,000 IOPS
  • Max Random 4K Read/Write: Based on “out-of-box performance” with IOMeter08
    • 120GB: 90,000 / 70,000 IOPS
    • 240GB: 95,000 / 60,000 IOPS
    • 480GB: 77,000 / 45,000 IOPS
  • Form factor: 2.5"
  • Interface: SATA Rev. 3.0 (6Gb/s), SATA Rev 2.0 (3Gb/s) and SATA Rev 1.0 (1.5Gb/s)
  • Guaranteed: five-year Kingston warranty, 24/7 tech support
  • Enterprise S.M.A.R.T Tools: Reliability Tracking, Usage Statistics, Life Remaining, Power Loss, Wear Leveling, Temperature, Drive Life Protection
  • Capacity³: 120GB, 240GB, 480GB
  • Storage temperatures: -40°C - 85°C
  • Operating temperatures: 0°C - 70°C
  • Dimensions: 69.85mm x 100mm x 9.5mm
  • Vibration operating: 2.17G
  • Vibration non-operating: 20G
  • Operating shock: 1500G
  • Power specs: 0.455 W (TYP) Idle / 1.6 W (TYP) Read / 2.05 W (TYP) Write

                

Kingston SSDNow KC100 Business Equipped Solid-State Drive
Part number Capacity and features MRSP (U.S. only)
SKC100S3/120G 120GB KC100 Stand-alone SSD $ 337.00
SKC100S3/240G 240GB KC100 Stand-alone SSD $ 650.00
SKC100S3/480G 480GB KC100 Stand-alone SSD $ 1,270.00
SKC100S3B/120G 120GB KC100 Upgrade Bundle Kit $ 353.00
SKC100S3B/240G 240GB KC100 Upgrade Bundle Kit $ 665.00
SKC100S3B/480G 480GB KC100 Upgrade Bundle Kit $ 1,285.00
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    LuckyDucky7 , September 14, 2011 7:11 PM
    'Enterprise-quality' and 'SandForce SF-2200' don't really go together right now...

    Though the DuraClass technology may preserve data, what happens to what you were working on when the system crashes because of the controller?
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    jacobdrj , September 14, 2011 7:26 PM
    Hmmm, I was hoping they were going to use a non-SandForce controller when I saw those specs... Not encouraging...
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    JohnnyLucky , September 14, 2011 7:53 PM
    I am having a difficult time imagining SandForce based solid state drives as enterprise class ssd's.
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    Soul_keeper , September 14, 2011 8:11 PM
    $337 compared to the sub $200 for a crucial M4 128 ...
    think i'll pass
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    Soul_keeper , September 14, 2011 8:12 PM
    the 128GB micron c400 is supposed to be "enterprise" and is also $100 cheaper
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    blarr , September 15, 2011 5:14 AM
    $1285 for an SSD? LOOL.

    For half that money I could build an i5-2500k gaming rig(in-fact, I already did) with more than double the space. Oh SSD prices, usofunny.
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    ronch79 , September 15, 2011 8:33 AM
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    “Kingston is thrilled to offer the new.....


    Thrilled, eh? Thrilled to make more money, that is. These cheap lines from companies make me smirk with disbelief.

    Seriously, given how SSDs tend to just die off right away compared to mechanical HDDs which die slowly and thus give you more time to salvage your stuff, plus the fact that mechs are far cheaper per GB, I don't see why any hack would rely on an SSD for enterprise use (read: mission critical), no matter how reliable the manufacturer swears they would be.
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    alidan , September 15, 2011 10:24 AM
    ronch79Thrilled, eh? Thrilled to make more money, that is. These cheap lines from companies make me smirk with disbelief.Seriously, given how SSDs tend to just die off right away compared to mechanical HDDs which die slowly and thus give you more time to salvage your stuff, plus the fact that mechs are far cheaper per GB, I don't see why any hack would rely on an SSD for enterprise use (read: mission critical), no matter how reliable the manufacturer swears they would be.


    greatest moment in pc use for me

    my hdd got the click of death.
    i tapped it a bit, click went away
    salvaged everything but 1 block.
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    Wish I Was Wealthy , September 15, 2011 3:03 PM
    That's all Kingston products are good for & that is for business. Business always rely on dirt cheap products that are just good enough for the warranty.
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    new003 , September 16, 2011 2:19 AM
    I hope new ssds keep coming out at such a fast rate. I think maybe in a year I might get one just as a casual user who likes new technology.