June 2nd, 2011 by Kevin OBrien
Kingston HyperX SSD With User-Adjustable Over-Provisioning Announced
At CES in January, we broke the news that Kingston and SandForce had paired up on an SSD to be released mid-year. Well, it's mid-year and Kingston has formally announced the HyperX SSD at Computex. The Kingston HyperX SSD features a SATA 6Gb/s interface and SandForce SF-2200 processor, with special firmware giving users the ability to adjust their drive's over-provisioning levels to optimize either speed or capacity. Currently no SandForce drive on the market, that we have seen, offers this capability once it leaves the factory.
The new HyperX SSD will feature sequential speeds topping 525MB/s read and 480MB/s write thanks to synchronous 25nm Intel MLC NAND. The move to Intel is interesting; initially the drives were supposed to be based on Toshiba NAND. The HyperX will also offer bleeding-edge 4K random write speeds topping 95,000 IOPS burst.
Kingston plans on backing these new models with their current three-year warranty, offering 24/7 tech support as well. Users opting for the upgrade kit will recieve Acronis True Image to seamlessly handle any data migration issues they might encounter.
Current availablity estimates put the ship date on July 11, although no pricing has been announced just yet. The HyperX will be available in 120GB and 240GB capacities.
Update - Kingston HyperX SSD Review Posted