Making our rounds at CES, we made a stop by Kingston to check out what they had going on. It turns out, they have something pretty impressive. They are releasing a brand new PCIe 2.0 x4 M.2 SSD capable of 1.4GB/s reads and 1GB/s write, the HyperX Predator!
Featuring a Marvell 88SS9293 controller, the drive is able to achieve such speeds without overheating, even in water cooled systems with almost no airflow, which is quite impressive.
The Kingston HyperX Predator comes in two form factors, as a 2280 M.2 stick and as a HHHL PCIe 2.0 x4 card. It comes in capacities of 240GB, 480GB, and 960GB. The 240GB and 480GB models are available in the 2280 M.2 form factor while all capacities are available in the HHHL PCIe 2.0 x4 card form factor.
SNIA testing shows the drive is capable of over 125,000IOPS, even after heavy workloads and it blows by the competition in other benchmarks. It supports the AHCI protocol and is fully bootable. And starting off with the lower capacities, it should be out on the market in February. The 960GB model should follow release a month later.
Also on display was their Hyper X Savage, their fastest SATA drive available yet. It is a 2.5” 7mm SATA 6Gb/s SSD that is capable of speeds up to 560MB/s read and 540MB/s write. It is powered by a Phison S10 controller and will be available in capacities of 240GB, 480GB, and 960GB in March.
Moving from the consumer to enterprise side of things, Kingston also had their KC310 SSDs demoing in a 16 drive RAID 0 array. Speeds pushed 3GB/s+ for realtime 4K video capture and streaming in a Psitech Vortex Sports Broadcast Replay system. This system has allowed for instant pan and scan replay as well as on-the-fly video editing. Quite impressive!
They also have announced a new UHS-I speed class 3 microSD card for 4K and HD video capture. It is available in 16GB to 64GB capacities and is capable of read speeds of up to 90MB/s and write speeds up to 80MB/s. and targeted towards adventure cameras and mobile devices. It is waterproof, shock proof, X-ray proof, and temperature proof, to perform even in harsh environments. We even received a review sample already, so look forward to a full review when we get back!
Finally, in terms of flash products, Kingston is now offering automatic cloud backup to their DataTraveler Locker+ G3. Their cloud storage backup has been designed to integrate with providers such as Google Drive, OneDrive, Amazon S3, Dropbox and Box via included ClevX USBtoCLOUD software.
The Locker+ G3 is a USB 3.0 Flash drive for personal security. It has hardware encryption and password protection without any applications required. It works with both Windows and Mac OS X systems. After the case of 10 invalid login attempts the flash drive will lock down and reformat. Capacities rage from 8GB to 64GB. Speeds are up to 135MB/s read and 40MB/s write for the largest capacity.
That’s it in terms of flash products for Kingston, come back later for more updates for CES 2015.