Kingston’s New Flagship SSD Delivers 95,000 IOPS
Kingston’s new SandForce-based HyperX SSD reads data at up to 525 megabytes per second and delivers 95,000 IOPS. Moreover, it allows users a measure of control over load balancing. Kingston launched its HyperX SSD at Computex, borrowing its name from the memory manufacturer’s high-end HyperX RAM modules.
Just like competing drives such as the OCZ Vertex 3, it makes full use of the 6GBps SATA interface and comes with the SF-2281 controller from SandForce. One of the most striking and unusual features with the drive–and one that sets it apart from the rest–is that the manufacturer has made it possible for users to choose how parts of the disk’s storage capacity is allocated for preservation of data integrity.
That the amount of redundant storage can be controlled in this way makes it possible to directly balance performance vs. storage capacity. That this feature is available on the user level is unusual, as the configuration is usually permanently and set right from the factory.
In terms of overall performance, it is not quite as fast in the sequential read/write area but excels in IOPS speed. Read performance is said to be 525MB/s, while write performance is up to 480MB/s. Random write of 4K blocks, on the other hand, reaches an impressive 95,000 IOPS. This makes it one of the faster drives on the market today.
The Kingston HyperX SSD comes with a three year warranty and is expected to arrive in July. The storage capacities available are either 120GB or 240GB. No price has been announced yet.