Kingston unleashes its first PCIe SSD with 1.4Gbps speed

Kingston unleashes its first PCIe SSD with 1.4Gbps speed

Kingston, a company better known for consumer-grade storage, this week announced a hyperfast PCIe-connected SSD for gamers and data centers.

Kingston's HyperX division announced this week at CES that it is releasing its first PCIe SSD.

Shipping in February, the HyperX Predator internal PCIe SSD will be the highest-end SSD the company has ever produced -- and it'll offer the fastest speeds in the HyperX SSD lineup. The SSD is targeted at gamers, overclockers and enthusiasts, Kingston said.

Pricing won't be available until the drive ships, Kingston said.

The HyperX Predator will initially come in 240GB and 480GB capacities. A 960GB version is due out sometime before the end of the second quarter of this year.

Powered by Marvell's latest 88SS9293 controller, the HyperX Predator will offer up to 1,400MBps read and 1,000MBps write speeds. The drive will come in an M.2 form factor with a half-height, half-length adapter for older motherboards without an M.2 socket.

The M.2 form factor ensures next-generation platform support with an M.2 PCIe slot. In addition, a version of the drive with a half-height, half-length (HHHL) adapter is  available for many existing motherboards without an M.2 socket.

"As enthusiast desktop users and datacenter customers seek greater performance to break through 6Gb/s SATA limitation, Marvell's X4-lane PCIe SSD Controller provides lightning fast, next-generation SSD performance," Mike Chen, a director of product marketing at Marvell, said in a statement.

HyperX is the high-performance product division of Kingston Technology that offers  products such as high-speed DDR3 memory, SSDs, USB Flash drives, and headsets.

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