Kingston Releases Business Class KC100 SSD

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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
    '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?
  • jacobdrj
    Hmmm, I was hoping they were going to use a non-SandForce controller when I saw those specs... Not encouraging...
  • JohnnyLucky
    I am having a difficult time imagining SandForce based solid state drives as enterprise class ssd's.