Kingston shipping its first M.2 SSD next week


— 5:20 PM on June 5, 2014

Many of the new 9-series motherboards feature M.2 slots, but finding actual M.2 solid-state drives to fill them remains difficult. Happily, the ranks of M.2 drives seem to be growing—and Kingston has just enlarged them with a new addition.

The M.2 2280 drive is scheduled to ship next week. A 120GB incarnation will be out first, followed by 240GB and 480GB variants in the third quarter of this year. All three models will have Serial ATA interfaces, so they may not work in PCIe-only M.2 slots. Also, the SATA interfaces probably explain why these drives' read speeds max out at 550MB/s and 500MB/s, respectively, for compressible and incompressible data. (Peak write speeds are 520MB/s and 300MB/s for those same data types.)

Kingston doesn't mention the type of controller used, but the difference between the compressible and incompressible scores make me suspect the presence of a SandForce controller. Too bad the chip markings are photoshopped out of the picture above.

M.2 SSDs from Intel, Crucial, and others have already hit Newegg's listings, but they're still few and far between. The Kingston drive won't have a very crowded field of competitors, at least initially.

   
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