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Kingston’s New Flagship SSD Delivers 95,000 IOPS

by: admin Monday, June 13th, 2011

Kingston HyperX SSDKingston’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.

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One Response to “Kingston’s New Flagship SSD Delivers 95,000 IOPS”

vt Said:

Random write (maximum) is not equal to random access speed in case of delayed writing. It is equal to the speed of the buffer and the controller, and may reach up to the maximum speed of the device. But only up to the moment when the buffer is completely filled with the data, after that the write speed will drop to more realistic numbers.
For example, you can take the slowest HDD and put 512MBytes of high-speed cache there, and use 6GBit SATA interface. Up to the time when the buffer is filled (not for too long though) the write speed may be over 200000 IOPS. After that it will drop to its realistic value.
What actually matters, is the actual average (not maximum) IOPS value under full load when writing and average random access speed.

Comment made on June 14th, 2011 at 5:46 am

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