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Kingston Technology has unveiled its first lineup of high-performance solid-state drives (SSDs) that carry the company's premium HyperX brand-name and offer rather extreme performance for desktop-class SSDs. The drive is positioned for performance enthusiasts and gamers.

Kingston HyperX SSDs are available in 120GB and 240GB capacities, use Serial ATA-600 interface and are based on SandForce SF-2281 controller and multi-level cell NAND flash produced by Intel using 25nm process technology. Thanks to the latest-generation SSD controller, Kingston HyperX drives feature high reliability (advanced ECC engine corrects up to 55 bits per 512-byte sector to assure high data integrity) amid high performance and low power consumption.

The new HyperX solid-state drives provide maximum sequential read speed of up to 555MB/s and sequential write speed of up to 510MB/s, rather unprecedented specification for consumer-oriented solid-state drive. The new drives also offer remarkable sustained and maximum (up to 95K IOPS) input/output performance.

“We are thrilled to announce that the Kingston HyperX SSD range is now shipping. The HyperX SSD matches up the SandForce controller with premium Intel 25nm compute NAND (P/E 5K) and has undergone extended rigorous testing and qualifications, the same standard that Kingston applies to all of its products, in order to bring a stable and high performing product to market,” said Krystian Jaroszynski, product marketing manager for flash at Kingston Technology Europe.

The new drives come in 2.5" form-factor and are available both as standalone parts as well as with the upgrade kit that allows to install such SSDs into 3.5" bays and which also includes Acronis True Image HD migration software. The launch prices of Kingston's first HyperX SSDs are as follows:

Tags: Kingston, SSD, HyperX, NAND, Flash

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