Enthusiasts shopping for PCIe SSDs will soon have another option. Kingston has announced the HyperX Predator, an M.2 drive capable of hitting sequential speeds up to 1400MB/s with reads and 1000MB/s with writes.
The press release doesn't include any random I/O specifications, but it does provide a few more details on the drive, which pairs Marvell's 88SS9293 controller with Toshiba's A19 MLC NAND. The controller has a four-lane Gen2 interface, so it's not quite as fast as the Gen3 controller Marvell introduced in August. It also uses AHCI rather than the newer NVM Express protocol designed specifically for PCIe SSDs. The upside to that particular attribute is that the Predator should be bootable on standard desktop motherboards. Boot support for NVMe SSDs is spotty at best.
The HyperX Predator has an M.2 form factor, which is probably not the ideal configuration for desktop systems. Most motherboards devote only two lanes of PCIe connectivity to their M.2 slots. Fortunately, Kingston is also offering the Predator on a half-height, half-length expanion card that plugs into a full-sized PCIe slot.
240GB and 480GB versions of the Predator are due in February, and they'll be followed by a 960GB variant later in Q1 or in the following quarter. We don't have information on pricing yet, but the press release says the drives have three-year warranty coverage.
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