Kingston SandForce-based HyperX SSDs shipping

Kingston SandForce-based HyperX SSDs shipping

Summary: Kingston has announced that it has started shipping 2.5-inch HyperX SSD drives, which are equipped with 6Gb/s SATA Rev 3.0 and featuring the SandForce SF-2281 controller.

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Kingston has announced that it has started shipping 2.5-inch HyperX SSD drives, which are equipped with 6Gb/s SATA Rev 3.0 and featuring the SandForce SF-2281 controller.

These drives are fast ... really fast, capable of a read speed of 555MB/s and write speed of 510MB/s.

The 120GB version will set you back $270, while the 240GB is $520. This price is for the standalone SSD, if you want a fitting kit (screws, cables and so on, that adds an extra $15/$20 to the bundle).

If you want speed, this is the drive for you!

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  • Splendid!

    I've switched to using an SSD for OS, apps. and work in progress ... and large slow disks for protected storage.


    I'd be interested to hear about experience with the new Z68 chipset and SSD caching ... I like the sound of not having to define what is WIP!
    jacksonjohn
    • RE: Kingston SandForce-based HyperX SSDs shipping

      @johnfenjackson@... Are there any system or motherboard requirements to install an SSD? Or do you simply plug it into the nearest SATA 6gb/s port and fire away?
      Imrhien
  • RE: Kingston SandForce-based HyperX SSDs shipping

    I'll probably pick one of these up for my first foray into SSDs. I was planning on building a bleeding edge PC anyways.
    Aerowind
  • One of the 120GB ones would be great...

    ...if you use it alongside your 1TB+ hard drive with one of HighPoint's RocketHybrid cards.

    Let the controller figure out what you access most recently and frequently off your hard drive and it'll copy stuff onto the SSD for you. Some files won't be perceptively faster on an SSD anyway, and besides, if you figure that Windows disk caching does a pretty good job with say 2GB or so of free RAM, imagine what it'll be like with 60x that....
    Joe_Raby
  • Um, what?

    What's the deal with claiming that an SSD will improve frame rates?

    I suppose if you have a system with a low amount of RAM and the game does in-play level-loading and such, that's the only time you'd see an increase in frame rates, but it's a bit deceptive. Increasing your RAM would resolve that problem, and going to 8GB of DDR3 RAM (even from nothing) would still cost less and would be more than enough for any current game. If you already have lots of RAM, but a poor video card, upgrading your card would do the trick.

    I guess the lesson here is to have a system that is well balanced in performance. You shouldn't put one of these blazing SSD's in a 3-year old Core 2 machine, and likewise, you shouldn't migrate that aging SATA 3Gbps hard drive from an old machine into a brand new i7 rig.
    Joe_Raby
  • RE: Kingston SandForce-based HyperX SSDs shipping

    These do have a place in older machines. They make them very responsive and so can allow a delay in new machine purchase. When the machine finally is replaced, the SSD can go to the new machine. While there's no doubt the benefits will be greater in a new computer, there is nothing that will perk up an older machine like the addition of an SSD. This is especially applicable in laptops with 5400 RPM drives.
    Greeps