Kingston, Patriot intro 6Gbps SandForce SSDs

Computex — SandForce is probably the hottest SSD controller maker around, and it has no shortage of partners showing their wares here in Taipei. Today, memory giant Kingston added a SandForce-based HyperX solid-state drive to an already deep lineup of options based on Intel, JMicron, and Toshiba controllers. The HyperX pairs the same SF-2200 controller found in OCZ’s Vertex 3 with 25-nm Intel NAND rated for 5,000 write/erase cycles.

According to Kingston, the HyperX is capable of sustaining sequential read and write speeds of 525 and 480MB/s, respectively. Those speeds apply to both the 120 and 240GB versions of the drive, which are the only capacities planned. Users can look forward to pushing 20,000 IOps with 4KB random reads on the 120GB drives and twice as many with the 240GB flavor. Both models are rated for 60,000 IOps with 4KB random writes.

Kingston says the HyperX will be priced to compete with other SandForce-based SSDs when it starts shipping on July 4. Like other Kingston SSDs, the drive will be available on its own and in an upgrade kit that includes cloning software, a 3.5" drive bay adapter, a USB 2.0 enclosure to ease the migration process for notebook users, and the tiny screwdriver you’ll need to put everything together.

In addition to Kingston, Patriot is getting in on the SF-2200. We don’t know as much about the company’s Wildfire SSD, but it’s rated for 500MB/s sequential reads and writes. Patriot will also be offering a 64GB version of the Wildfire for folks who want to save a few bucks or combine multiple smaller drives in a RAID 0 array.

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    • shank15217
    • 11 years ago

    Why quad, why not get that 8 way raid-0 sand force based pci-e device?

    • PrincipalSkinner
    • 11 years ago

    For that you need to get Kingston HyperX SleepMode Edition 120GB. 🙂

    • tay
    • 11 years ago

    Do these work with sleep mode or is it a crapshoot whether you get a BSOD if you wake from sleep mode?

    • travbrad
    • 11 years ago

    Maybe he won’t be satisfied till his SSDs are faster than the RAM?

    • Bauxite
    • 11 years ago

    I laughed out loud at work 😉

    4 drive Raid 0 on top of drives that are basically a big raid 0 of flash chips…yeah I like SSDs too but I’m realistic.

    Nice for benches, wouldn’t use for anything but a scratch/temp file drive.

    • DancinJack
    • 11 years ago

    Sandforce based SSDs in RAID0 on a high end LSI card are very much not slow and don’t really have a problem without TRIM.

    • bcronce
    • 11 years ago

    You lose TRIM support with RAID and most RAID cards are slower than a single high end SSD.

    • OneArmedScissor
    • 11 years ago

    New controllers aren’t cheap. As flash prices drop and the controllers become more efficient and need less spare memory, the controller prices go up to make up the difference.

    They know what their target demographic will pay, and being “enthusiasts” parts, the fastest SSDs are always going to have a sizable premium. It’s no different from the $100 price gap between quad-core i5s and i7s that are really the same chip.

    • indeego
    • 11 years ago

    Testing fastest data loss possible at 2000+MB/s.

    • DancinJack
    • 11 years ago

    What on Earth would you need a quad RAID0 array of SSDs for? That isn’t a hypothetical question. I mean really, on your computer, what would you use that for?

    • kamikaziechameleon
    • 11 years ago

    Love to see the SSDs taking off like this but prices really need to self correct. The good drives, aka current gen SSDs aren’t any where near 1 dollar per gigabyte yet. I’m anticipating doing a quad RAID 0 setup when I can afford to(meaning for less than 1,000 dollars).

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