At COMPUTEX 2011 this year, the Futurelooks Crew had a chance to meet up with Kingston Technology to see what was new and happening. In addition to their Wi-Drive product, the Kingston crew also had a Sandforce based SSD waiting in the wings. Built specifically for their HyperX enthusiast line, this new SSD would use the SandForce SF-2281 controller with some special tweaks done on the firmware to make it their own. The new SSDs will come in 120GB and 240GB sizes out of the gate and will support SATA 3.0 (6GB/s) for speeds of 555/510MB/s read and write. Max 4K read and write IOPS are 95,000/70,000 respectively when measured on their 120GB version.

The drives will come bundled with a special HyperX branded 2.5 to 3.5 inch mounting plate, a multi-head screwdriver that is a keeper, and includes Acronis True Image software. Also included is a 2.5 inch USB drive enclosure that will make notebook upgrades even easier. Basically everything you need is in the box in the retail kits, but non-bundle kits will also be available as noted in the pricing below:

What makes Kingston’s drive special, in addition to the tweaked firmware and special HyperX bundle and cosmetics is the fact that they will be using premium Intel 25nm Compute NAND in these drives specifically. The best part is that they are hitting the streets today so you should be able to buy one soon.

Source: Kingston Press Room

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