Kingston took the wraps off of its new M.2 2280 SATA SSD today at Computex in Taipei. Shipping next week, the new SSD with 22mm x 80mm dimensions provides a thin, caseless form factor ideal for the newest ultra-thin laptops and Ultrabooks, as well as smaller embedded systems and desktop motherboards that support the recently released Intel Z97 chipset.
Kingston’s M.2 2280 SATA SSD features advanced garbage collection, wear leveling and TRIM support to keep drive performance consistent over the life of the drive. SATA DevSleep enables power management and minimal power consumption while also allowing devices to stay on and connected without dramatically reducing battery life. The M.2 2280 SSD also features firmware-based power-loss protection to maintain data integrity in the event that you have an unexpected power loss or unsafe shutdown of your laptop.
The Kingston M.2 2280 SATA SSD will start shipping in the 120GB capacity with 240GB and 480GB to follow in Q3 2014. The SSD is backed by a three-year warranty and free technical support.
Here are Kingston’s baseline performance numbers for the M.2 2280 SSD:
- Compressible Data Transfer (ATTO): 550MB/s Read and 520MB/s Write
- Incompressible Data Transfer (AS-SSD and CrystalDiskMark): 500MB/s Read and 330MB/s Write
- IOMETER: Maximum Random 4k Read/Write up to 66,000/ up to 65,000 IOPS, Random 4k Read/Write up to 46,000/ up to 4,500 IOPS
- PCMARK Vantage HDD Suite Score: 56,000
- PCMARK 8 Storage Bandwidth: 215 MB/s
- Power consumption: 0.09 W Idle / 1.11 W Avg / 1.02W (MAX) Read / 2.86 W (MAX) Write
Kingston also announced several new additions to its HyperX product lines. HyperX is the high-performance product division of Kingston Technology and currently offers DDR3 memory, SSDs, USB Flash drives, and headsets for PC gamers, overclockers and enthusiasts.
The new HyperX Impact memory for gamers and enthusiasts who want to upgrade and boost their laptop performance replaces Kingston’s current SO-DIMM offerings under Genesis, PnP and LoVo into one family.
Kingston claims HyperX Impact achieved a world record for the fastest SO-DIMM frequency running at 2666MHz. HyperX Impact memory will ship in frequencies ranging from 1600MHz to an industry-fastest 2400MHz in capacities of 4GB and 8GB single modules and 8GB to16GB kits of two. Voltages start at 1.35V and upgrading is effortless as Plug and Play (PnP) functionality is designed into every module to automatically overclock within the system speed allowance without manual tuning.
In addition, the new HyperX FURY SSD features locked synchronous NAND and is powered by the LSI SandForce SF-2281 controller with SATA Rev 3.0 (6GB/s) performance. This new, entry-level solid-state drive should deliver read/write speeds of 500/500MB/s and is a logical upgrade choice for laptop owners who want quicker boot times and application loading. It is available in 120GB and 240GB capacities and comes with an included 7mm to 9.5mm adapter. It is backed by a three-year warranty and free live technical support .
Kingston also previewed the forthcoming special White Edition HyperX Cloud headset (essentially the same as the black HyperX Cloud, but with white ear cups and stitching) as well as the HyperX Skyn, a paper-thin hard mouse pad with an adhesive bottom to stick to a desk but is removable with a lift of a tab on the side.
HyperX Impact Memory Features and Specifications:
- Capacities: 4GB, 8GB (single) and 8GB, 16GB (kits)
- Frequency: (speed) 1600MHz–2400MHz
- Channel Architecture: Dual Channel
- Latency: CL9-CL12
- Voltage: 1.35V
- Operating Temperature: 0°C to 85°C
- Storage Temperature: -55°C to 100°C
- Dimensions: 68.1mm x 30.45mm
- Chipsets Compatible: with HM65, HM67, HM70, HM75, HM76, HM77, HM86, HM87, QM67, QM87, QS67, UM67 and UM77 Intel chipsets