Kingston has been teasing a PCIe SSD product for quite some time now. We ran into an early sample at CES 2014 when it was merely wearing a heatsink from one of their HyperX Predator memory modules, trying to hide the goods under it. And then this year at CES 2015, we finally hear that they plan to bring the HyperX Predator SSD. This week, Kingston lets all the details about the HyperX Predator loose on the PC DIY marketplace.
The HyperX Predator PCIe SSD is an M.2 form factor, but it's based on a Gen 2.0 x4 interface. This means that it'll be up to twice as fast, potentially, as the already fairly fast Plextor 256GB PCIe M.2 unit that we reviewed last year. In fact, the HyperX Predator can reach speeds up to 1400MB/s read and 1000MB/s write, which is finally comparable to the internal units inside the TrashCan Mac Pro. The best part though is, because this product is built for PCs, it can be used to upgrade any system with a PCIe slot. In fact, the HyperX Predator will come in both the traditional M.2 "gum stick" 2280 form factor, but also, an HHHL form factor via an adapter, which will also be available in a low profile and regular slot height.
In terms of capacity, the HyperX Predator PCIe SSDs will be arriving in 240GB and 480GB capacities. As mentioned in previous interviews, they are already planning to unlease a 960GB unit later in the year. As far as pricing goes, they should hit at $230.74 (240GB) and $458.74 (480GB) for the M.2 2280 "gumstick" versions, while the HHHL adapter versions will be $241.74 (240GB) and $469.74 (480GB) in your choice of low profile or regular height bracket sizes.
We're happy to see Kingston and their HyperX brand finally hit the marketplace with their PCIe SSD products. The HHHL adapter versions should be very popular with folks still holding on to very powerful X79 or even X58 systems, looking for a high speed storage upgrade. Full press release is below.