Kingston HyperX

The new Kingston HyperX SSD is a high performance USB drive with loads of space and blazing fast speeds. Its technology shortens data load time and speeds ups drive performance and endurance. Its use of a USB 3.0 and solid state drive technology makes the drive a good choice for games, images, audios, videos, and other large file transfers. The drive comes in either 128GB or 256GB storage sizes.

There are two main capabilities that set the HyperX SSB apart from its competition. The drive is capable of over provisioning and wear leveling to enhance its performance. A HyperX ‘s drive partition is configurable for either a larger storage area or a faster performance. This additional space is called over provisioning. This increases the amount of performance or endurance depending on the type of date stored on the drive. Users that have large audio or video files can benefit from over provisioning technology. The drive also has advance wear leveling technology so it will write data evenly across its flash blocks and improve drive speed.

When the HyperX ‘s performance was compared to similar USB drives, it scored higher than most of its competition. In the SSD Benchmark test, the read performance of the HyperX scored 508.1 on a scale of 518.2 to 107.1.1 It scored 270.1 on a scale of 277.7 to 106.2 for write time. And, a score of 0.151 for read access time on a scale of 0.049 to 13.631ms. Its write access time was 0.225 on a scale of 0.058 to 4.210ms. When compared to its competition, the drive was not the fastest, but, it clearly our performed most of its competition. The key features of the drive are SandForce controller technology, high speed SATA Rev.3.0 (6Gb/s) transfer speeds, NAND flash memory components, it supports S.M.A.R.T., TRIM, and Garbage Collection, and, It has a guaranteed 3 year warranty. The specification for the drive are its form factor of 2.5, 2nd generation SandForce controller SF-2281, Intel 25nm compute quality MLC NAND (5k P/E cycles), SATA rev.3.0 (6Gb/s), SATA rev.2.0 (3Gb/s), PCMARK Vantage HDD and Suite Score 4. The power consumption for a 120GB is 0.455watts idle, 1.6watts read, and 2.0watts write. And, the dimensions are 69.85 x 100 x 9.5mm, and, it weighs 81G.

The drive is compatible with Windows 2000 (SP4) or newer, Mac OS v.10.3.x+, and Linux v.2.6.x+. The drive comes in either a 120Gb or 240Gb capacity, and, has a form factor of 2.5 inches, a maximum read/write speed of 95,000 to 70,000IOPS for the 120Gb drive, a 95,000 to 60,000 IOPS for the 240Gb drive, and SATA III interface. The Kingston HyperX SSD USB drive is designed for the user who needs a high performance drive with capacity, speed, and portability.

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