CES 2014 is off and running, and our first stop this morning was to the Emeror’s Ballroom of Caesar’s Palace to meet with Kingston Technology. The very first thing that caught our eye, and definitely piqued our interest, was the HyperX Predator PCIe SSD. As with other products in the HyperX line, Kingston has dressed the card up with a unique black heat spreader that also conceals the PCB, making it an attractive addition to a side-window enclosure.
The HyperX Predator utilizes Toshiba’s A19 (19nm architecture) NAND flash, married to LSI’s new SandForce SF3700 flash controller to achieve some amazing transfer speeds of 1.8GB/s read and write transfer speed throughput. This card is one of the first gen. 2 X 4 PCIe SSDs being offered.
The HyperX Predator in its first release will be available in capacities up to 1TB, with plans for up to 2TB of capacity in a future version. The Predator is capable of random 4K reads of up to 150,000 IOPS. Kingston hopes to have the first Predator models available no later than late Q2 of this year.