Kingston launches zippy HyperX Predator PCIe SSD

Shawn Knight

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Kingston’s HyperX division has announced its fastest solid state drive to date. The HyperX Predator PCIe SSD is available in your choice of 240GB or 480GB capacities. Powered by the Marvell 88SS9293 controller, the M.2 form factor drive uses a PCIe Gen 2.0 x4 interface and boasts speeds of up to 1,400MB/sec read and 1,000MB/sec write. 4K random read and write IOPS check in at 160,000 / 119,000 for the 240GB model and 130,000 / 118,000 on the larger capacity drive.

In the event you don’t have an M.2 socket on your motherboard, the company offers a half-height, half-length adapter for installation in a standard PCIe slot.

As I’ve been preaching over the years, there’s no better upgrade for a PC than a speedy solid state drive. My main computer is running on a CPU that’s three generations behind at this point but it still feels plenty fast in day-to-day tasks thanks to the zippy SSD I’m using.

HyperX backs its Predator PCIe SSD with a three year warranty and free technical support. It’s rated at a life expectancy of one million hours and 1.6 DWPD for the 240GB version and 1.7 DWPD for the 480GB variant. A 960GB model is expected to ship soon. Availability is still scarce at this hour although I found the smaller drive listed for $230.74 ($10 more if you want the adapter) and the larger for $458.74 (tack on an extra $11 for the adapter).

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NVMe has been designed from the ground up, capitalizing on the low latency and parallelism of PCI Express SSDs, and fulfilling the parallelism of contemporary CPUs, platforms and applications. At a high level, the basic advantages of NVMe over AHCI relate to its ability to exploit parallelism in host hardware and software, manifested by differences in depth of command queues, interrupts processing, the number of uncacheable register accesses etc., resulting in various performance improvements.
No NVMe support means that they can stuff it somewhere.
Seriously! Is this device not fast enough for you, that you would be rage impulsive over a new standard?

Darth Shiv

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Why not implement NVMe support? I'd certainly get one that supports NVMe over a competing product that doesn't if the rest of my hardware stack supports it and probably even if they didn't with an eye on future upgrades.