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Kingston's enthusiast brand HyperX brought a number of products to Penny Arcade Expo in Seattle this year, including the Cloud headset and Skyn mouse pads announced earlier this year, and the brand's upcoming entries in DDR4 memory. HyperX showed off some of the first versions of memory for Intel's X99 chipset and Haswell Extreme Edition processor, branded for its Predator line.
Various enthusiast websites, who spend a great deal of time benchmarking and comparing competitive computer components are discovering that SSD manufacturers Kingston and PNY are changing hardware components after launch reviews are published. In one case, a website reader purchased a drive, expecting a Silicon Motion controller, but found that the drive had a different (and slower for the purchaser) SandForce controller.
Memory manufacturer Kingston is to release what is claimed to be the world's largest-capacity USB 3.0 flash drive. The high-capacity DataTraveler HyperX Predator 3.0 will have a version shipping later this quarter with a total storage of 1-terabyte, while others in the range will ship at the same time at more standard capacities.
Kingston has extended its SSDNow line to include the V300 line. Using 19nm NAND Flash, a SATA 6Gbps interface, and an LSI SandForce 2281 flash storage processor, similarly to the SSDNow V+200 launched at the start of the year, the V300 can reach sequential read and write speeds of up to 450MB per second. Kingston claim this to be ten times faster than a standard 7200RPM hard drive.
One of the relatively few mistakes I think Apple's made with the iPad is omitting external storage. It's probably not a gaffe from their perspective, of course; they charge you far more for a 32 or 64GB upgrade than it actually costs to manufacture. The iPad is closer to a computer than an iPhone though, and thus has much higher demands for some people, especially when it comes to storage. Kingston's Wi-Drive is one of several available workarounds, and we'll put it to the test in our review.
Solid state drives, a critical component in many thin, high storage-density mobile devices, could see dramatic price drops in the coming months due to a burgeoning price war among the major SSD suppliers. According to DigiTimes, industry sourcesin Taiwan are indicating that large suppliers are preparing to drop prices on SSDs precipitously.
Kingston has just introduced its latest SSD range, the Hyper X 3K, meant to appeal to budget buyers who still want some performance. Available in 90GB, 120GB, 240GB, and 480GB capacities, the drives are powered by the second-gen SandForce SF-2281 prcoessor. Their 6Gbps SATA Rev. 3.0 interface lets them achieve rated sequential read speeds of 555MBps and sequential write speeds of 510MBps. For extending life, they have the SandForce DuraClass tech onboard.
Kingston finished the week by shipping one of its higher-performing solid-state drivs. The SSDNow V+200 uses the combination of a modern SandForce SF-2281 memory controller with the headroom of a SATA3 connection to peak at speeds equal to much of the best on the market. It can peak at read speeds of 535MB per second and writes at 480MB per second.
Kingston has just unveiled the DataTraveler HyperX 3.0 USB flash drive. The fastest product of its kind from the company, it attains speeds of up to 225MBps when reading and 135MBps when writing thanks to its USB 3.0 technology and HyperX SSD. The drive is available in 64-, 128- and 256GB capacities.
Kingston has begun shipping the SSDNow KC100 Drive for business environments. The SATA 3.0 drive is available in 120GB, 240GB and 480GB capacities. It incorporates SandForce's SSD contoller into its architecture and should be very fast depending on capacity, with sequential reads of 540 to 555 MB per second, and sequential writes of 450MB to 510MB per second.