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Computex 2011 | Kingston reveals HyperX 2.5-inch SSD

New lineup to use SandForce SF-2281 controllers and come in 120GB and 240GB models starting next month

The California-based flash memory manufacturer Kingston Technology has revealed its newest entry into the SSD market with its HyperX SSD for notebooks. With controllers based on the SandForce SF-2281 and a SATA Rev 3.0 6GB/sec interface, the drive will clearly be marketed towards gamers and performance users alike.

According to the press release, the HyperX drive will be built on Intel’s 25nm compute NAND P/E 5K technology, which will allow for read/write speeds of up to 525MB/sec and 480MB/sec, respectively. Input/output operation per second (IOPS) is rated at 40,000 and 60,000, depending on the capacity. “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,” said Kingston business manager Ariel Perez.

In addition to its raw performance, the HyperX will support TRIM and S.M.A.R.T Provisioning with DuraClass management features. The SSD is expected to ship this coming July 11th starting with 120GB and 240GB models. Retail prices have yet to be announced, but each unit will come standard with a much-welcomed 3-year warranty.


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Allen Ngo, 2011-06- 4 (Update: 2012-05-26)