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Kingston announces SSDNow KC300 SSD

With Sandforce SF-2281 controller

Kingston has announced a new addition to the SSDNow family of solid state drives, the KC300. To be available in capacities of up to 480GB and both as a stand-alone drive or as an upgrade bundle kit, the KC300 features LSI Sandforce second-generation SF-2281 controller, advance power management and decent performance.

Packed in a 2.5-inch 7mm-thick form factor with SATA 6Gbps interface, the new KC300 line of SSDs will be replacing the V+200 and the KC100 line of drives in Kingston's bussines SSD family. It features enterprise-grade SMART, Data Integrity Protection with DuraWrite technology as well as RAISE support that reduces the number of uncorrectable errors in the drive.

The new KC300 line of SSDs will be available in 60, 120, 180, 240 and 480GB capacities with sequential read and write performance of up to 525MB/s and 500MB/s and PCMark Vantage HDD suite score of up to 57,000. The maximum random 4k read/write performance is at up to 84k/64k IOPS for the 60, 120 and 180GB models, up to 84k/52k IOPS for the 240GB one and up to 73k/32k IOPS for the 480GB model.

The entire line features a three-year warranty and MTBF of 1 million hours. As noted earlier, all capacity options will be available as a stand-alone SSD or as an upgrade bundle kit that includes 2.5-inch USB enclosure, 3.5-inch bracket, HDD cloning software and 7 to 9.5mm adapter.

Unfortunately, Kingston did not shed any light on the actual price or the availability date for the new KC300 SSD series.

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Last modified on 30 May 2013
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