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).