New SSD : Sandforce 2281 SSDs From Kingston just £ 206

Tuesday, August 2nd 2011. | Hardware News

Kingston, A Memory Vendor has launched its first solid state disk (SSD) drives using Sandforce’s 2281 controller. Kingston’s HyperX tops the firm’s range of SSDs, which have for the most part been middling performers in reviews. The inclusion of a Sandforce 2281 controller coupled to SATA3 connectivity promises read and write speeds of 550MB/s and 510MB/s, respectively, with 95,000 random read IOPs.

Like almost every other SSD manufacturer, Kingston’s headline performance figures can only be reached with the larger 240GB HyperX SSD. The firm cites sustained random 4K read and write IOPs of 20,000 and 60,000 for the 120GB drive with the 240GB unit having double the read IOPs.

Krystian Jaroszynski, product marketing manager for Flash at Kingston Technology Europe said, “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.”

More than performance, Jaroszynski’s comment about extended testing is important, as the reliability of SSD controllers from both Intel and Sandforce has come into question in the last few months. Kingston offers an industry standard three year warranty on its SSD drives with round-the-clock technical support.

Kingston’s HyperX SSDs will be available in two capacities, 120GB and 240GB, costing £206 and £404, respectively.

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