Kingston is a pretty big player in the SSD space but mostly on the mainstream/value end of the spectrum. With a fairly conservative strategy we haven't seen Kingston be competitive with higher end drives since the release of the X25-M. That's all about to change now that Kingston is officially a SandForce partner.


The Kingston HyperX SSD uses Intel 25nm NAND and a SF-2281 controller, making it very similar to a Vertex 3 (it's unclear if it'll have the same performance-limited firmware as the OWC drive we tested).
The drive will come with a 3-year warranty and be available in 120GB and 240GB capacities. As always, Kingston will offer the drive as a part of an optional upgrade kit which includes a 2.5" to 3.5" adapter, external USB enclosure, Acronis imaging software, SATA cable and a screwdriver.
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  • DigitalFreak - Wednesday, June 1, 2011 - link

    Uh oh. The comment spammers have invaded Anandtech!
  • vol7ron - Wednesday, June 1, 2011 - link

    was it really that hard, DigitalFreak / spamsite?

    I like arguing with bots
  • jmunjr - Thursday, June 2, 2011 - link

    A lot of newer ultraportable laptops utilize 7mm height drives and only a few come out of the box that way - Intel is really it thoguh Micron/Crucial have theirs with spacer which can be removed albeit possible warranty issues. Anyway, we need more 7mm height SSDs. If they can make hard drives that height they can do SSDs.

    Fortunately many of these new laptops have mSATA supports as well so another option is mSATA + big hard drive...
  • Pessimism - Thursday, June 2, 2011 - link

    At least Kingston is using something other than JMicron trash this time. I'm still stunned that they bought a chunk of that company.

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