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Kingston Launches Business-Class SSDNow KC100

by: admin Monday, September 26th, 2011

KC100A few years ago, Kingston was a brand mostly known for thumb drives and memory cards. Things change. In Kingston’s case for the better, as the company has been able to capitalize fully on the increasing demand for solid state storage. Kingston recently released the SandForce-based HyperX, which uses the SF-2281 chip and targets the “enthusiast consumer” market. Now it looks like Kingston is re-branding the very same drive and turn their eyes on an unsuspecting corporate market.

There’s no doubt that some companies are well behind in migration to SSDs in their workstations–mainly for the rather obvious reason that they cost boatloads of cash compared to good-old spinning platter drives. However, for some users a case can be made for switching over to the much faster storage medium. Not least, there’s always the possibility to use an SSD to breathe a modicum of new life into a PC that would otherwise have gone to the scrapper.

And so, the company has now launched the new model they call the SSDNow KC100, which is also an SF-2281-based SATA III drive with identical specs, but directed towards the corporate market. There is a difference in that the KC100 comes in the capacities 120, 240 and 480 gigabytes, whereas the HyperX series lack the bigger version. Another difference is encryption. Kingston also makes some claims about a longer life span thanks to some clever but not quite defined wear-leveling technology.

Nevertheless, the sequential read and write performance is rated at around 540-555 MB/sec and 450-510 MB/sec–again identical with the HyperX. For random 4K writes the numbers range from 45,000 to 70,000 IOPS, which are excellent numbers but slightly slower than the HyperX. As is often the case, there are some differences between capacities, in favor of the larger ones.

Kingston will deliver two versions of each capacity. The standard version will only be the drive and the other one a kit with disk cloning software and a USB enclosure for easier migration to the new drive.

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