Wednesday, May 29th 2013

Kingston Announces SSDNow KC300

Kingston Digital, Inc., the Flash memory affiliate of Kingston Technology Company, Inc., the independent world leader in memory products, today announced the latest addition to its SSDNow family, the KC300 solid-state drive. KC300 enables business, mobile and power users to be more productive as the drive maximizes power efficiencies in notebook PCs. KC300 provides advanced power management via an LSI SandForce second-generation SF-2281 processor, allowing users to do more from a single charge.

KC300 is the next-generation business drive, replacing the Kingston V+200 and KC100 SSDs. The drive features enterprise-grade SMART attributes, allowing IT departments to monitor wear range data, SSD life left, write amplification and total bytes written. KC300 comes equipped with Data Integrity Protection featuring DuraWrite technology to extend the life of the SSD by effectively and efficiently reducing the number of Flash writes via an intelligent compression engine without sacrificing data integrity. RAISE reduces the number of uncorrectable errors in the drive, over and above standard error code correction.

"Kingston's new SSDNow KC300 is designed to help business, mobile and power users extend the lifespan and significantly improve the performance of their PC or notebook with higher speeds, greater stability and reliability," said Ariel Perez, SSD business manager, Kingston. "KC300 provides greater power efficiency than the traditional hard disk drive, thus allowing users to keep on working longer without having to recharge the battery."

KC300 is available as a stand-alone drive or as an upgrade kit containing cloning software and other accessories for a desktop and/or notebook system. It is backed by a three-year warranty, free technical support and legendary Kingston reliability.

Kingston is celebrating 25 years in the memory industry. The company was founded on October 17, 1987, and has grown to become the largest third-party memory manufacturer in the world. The 25th anniversary video can be found here along with more information, including a timeline of Kingston's history. In addition, HyperX memory is celebrating its 10th anniversary. The first HyperX high-performance memory module was released in November 2002.

Kingston SSDNow KC300 Features & Specifications:
  • Form factor: 2.5", 7mm height
  • Advanced Power Management: extends notebook battery life during typical computing session
  • Fast: dramatic performance increase for any system upgrade
  • Endurance: Data Integrity Protection featuring DuraClass technology
  • Durable: DuraWrite intelligent compression engine extends the life of the SSD
  • Dependable: RAISE reduces the number of uncorrectable errors on the drive
  • Multiple capacities: the right capacity to meet your storage need
  • Guaranteed: three-year warranty, free technical support
  • Interface: SATA Rev. 3.0 (6Gb/s) - with backwards compatibility to SATA Rev. 2.0
  • Capacities: 60 GB, 120 GB, 180 GB, 240 GB, 480 GB
  • Controller: SandForce-SF2281
  • Sequential Reads: SATA Rev. 3.0 525 MB/s
  • Sequential Writes: SATA Rev. 3.0 500 MB/s
  • Maximum Random 4k Read/Write:
  • o 60 GB: 84,000/ 64,000 IOPS
    o 120 GB: 84,000/ 64,000 IOPS
    o 180 GB: 84,000/ 64,000 IOPS
    o 240 GB: 84,000/ 52,000 IOPS
    o 480 GB: 73,000/ 32,000 IOPS
  • PCMARK Vantage HDD Suite Score: 57,000
  • Power Consumption: 0.6 W (MAX) Idle / 1.4 W (MAX) Read / 2.9 W (MAX) Write
  • Storage temperatures: -40°C ~ 85°C
  • Operating temperatures: 0°C ~ 70°C
  • Dimensions: 69.8 mm x 100.1 mm x 7.0 mm
  • Weight: 60 GB, 120 GB, 180 GB, 240 GB - 86.0g; 480 GB: 92.3g
  • Vibration operating: 2.17G Peak (7-800Hz)
  • Vibration non-operating: 20G Peak (10-2000Hz)
  • Life expectancy: 1 million hours MTBF
  • Warranty/support: three-year warranty with free technical support
  • Total Bytes Written (TBW):
  • o 60 GB: 47 TB
    o 120 GB: 94 TB
    o 180 GB: 141 TB
    o 240 GB: 188 TB
    o 480 GB: 375 TB
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9 Comments on Kingston Announces SSDNow KC300

#1
de.das.dude
Pro Indian Modder
Life expectancy: 1 million hours MTBF :O
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#2
HouBa
Not worth it

Third party NAND (no one knows what's in there)
Obsolet and problematic SandForce controller
1 million hours MTBF

is there anyone who is considering buy ? I assume not
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#3
Jorge
When did Kingston become "...the world leader in memory products" ???? These folks must actually believe their PR materials.
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#4
de.das.dude
Pro Indian Modder
by: HouBa
Third party NAND (no one knows what's in there)
Obsolet and problematic SandForce controller
1 million hours MTBF

is there anyone who is considering buy ? I assume not
i million hours is good imo.

third party nand is good. Kingston stuff isnt good. i suppose they are using samsung chips.

sandforce's problems have been ironed out, right?
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#6
Ghost
by: Jorge
When did Kingston become "...the world leader in memory products" ???? These folks must actually believe their PR materials.
A long time ago. Kingston has about 50% of DRAM module market share... They are also leaders in quality. The likes of Corsair and G.Skill suck compared to Kingston.
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#7
erixx
by: ghost
a long time ago. Kingston has about 50% of dram module market share... They are also leaders in quality. The likes of corsair and g.skill suck compared to kingston.
+1
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#8
W1zzard
by: Ghost
A long time ago. Kingston has about 50% of DRAM module market share... They are also leaders in quality. The likes of Corsair and G.Skill suck compared to Kingston.
+2

Kingston has more revenue than AMD or NVIDIA
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#9
mikeyanrol@yahoo.com
by: HouBa
Third party NAND (no one knows what's in there)
Obsolet and problematic SandForce controller
1 million hours MTBF

is there anyone who is considering buy ? I assume not
nice. 1 million MTBF is seems decent. I am currently using OWC SSD and they are amazingly good too. Kingston is not not bad either. In fact, to make this little more precise, the SSDs which rely on sandforce controllers are known to have fairly good credibility. I would want to buy this for sure :)
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