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Kingston Digital Unveils First SandForce-Based SSD

Today we reviewed one of Kingston’s SSD drives. A few days ago Kingston announced their first SandForce-based SSD.

Key Features of the Kingston HyperX SSD:

5K compute NAND provides significant endurance increase over      standard 3K cycle NAND.

Advanced algorithm ensures individual flash memory blocks are consumed at a very balanced rate enabling maximum endurance while maintaining optimal performance.

The HyperX SSD allows for user configurable over provisioning, which enables the user to tweak the SSD’s performance per their specific performance needs. The user can increase the size of the over provisioned spare area; consequently, reducing the overall capacity of the drive while increasing the speed and performance.

With additional support for both TRIM and S.M.A.R.T., the HyperX SSD is equipped with all essential tools enthusiasts, heavy users and gamers need to make the most of their PC’s performance and drive endurance.

DuraClass Technology represents a set of NAND Flash management features that work in tandem to deliver world-class SSD reliability, performance and power efficiency that differentiate SandForce SSD Processors from other Flash controllers.

The Kingston HyperX SSDs are backed by a three-year warranty, 24/7 tech support and legendary Kingston reliability. It will start shipping on July 11th, 2011. For more information visit www.kingston.com/europe

Kingston HyperX SSD Features and Specifications:

Sequential read 6Gb/s:  525MB/s

Sequential write 6Gb/s: 480MB/s

120 GB: 20,000 / 60,000 IOPS

240 GB: 40,000 / 60,000 IOPS

120GB: 95,000 / 70,000 IOPS

240GB: 95,000 / 60,000 IOPS

120GB: 0.455 W (TYP) Idle / 1.6 W (TYP) Read / 2.0 W (TYP) Write

240GB: 0.455 W (TYP) Idle / 1.5 W (TYP) Read / 2.05 W(TYP) Write

Here is what Kingston said:

Kingston Digital Europe Ltd, an affiliate of Kingston Technology Company Inc., the independent world leader in memory products, today announced it has teamed up with SandForce® Inc., a leader in high-performance SSD (Solid-State Drive) processors, to launch its first SATA 6Gb/s based SSD range targeted at enthusiasts, gamers and performance users. The Kingston HyperX® SSD features the latest and most reliable SandForce controller to date and is also available as a bundle with the HyperX Upgrade Kit for easy installation and creation of a HyperX themed PC.

Shipping in 120GB and 240GB capacities, the HyperX SSDs are based on SandForce SF-2281 controllers featuring SATA Rev 3.0(6Gb/s). It allows incredible sequential read/write throughputs of 525/480MB/s, 4KB random read/write, IOPS of  40,000/60,000 (240GB) and SandForce DuraClass™ Technology to provide best in class endurance.

Enthusiasts have long known the Kingston HyperX brand as the industry leader in cutting edge memory. The new HyperX SSD continues this tradition of innovation and high performance by pairing the latest SandForce controller and Intel® 25nm compute NAND (P/E 5K) to provide the performance and endurance that the most demanding users require.

“This launch is very exciting for us at Kingston. The SandForce controller allows us to deliver the high-end performance that is needed for power-users, gamers and enthusiasts,” said Ariel Perez, SSD Business Manager, Kingston. “Integrating a final production quality controller and firmware, as well as undergoing extensive testing, has been an exacting process, but well worth the wait. By pairing SandForce’s latest controller with Intel 25nm compute NAND (P/E 5K), we have built an SSD that meets the requirements set by true enthusiasts.”