Kingston's SSD comes in a large package with very appealing design.
You will receive:
- The SSD
- Screw Packages
- 2.5" to 3.5" adapter
- External SSD case
- Kingston screwdriver kit (looks like a ballpen)
- Software CD
- SATA and USB cable
The drive conforms to the dimensions set forth by the 2.5" form factor. It uses a rugged metal casing that feels extremely solid and high quality.
Like most recent SSDs, Kingston's HyperX uses the SATA 6 Gbps interface. It is compatible with any other SATA standard, but will work at reduced performance in such a case.
Kingston's SSD was also the first one that I had difficulties with the disassembly. Instead of normal Philips or Torx screws they use Torx security which are basically impossible to handle without the right tools. For the normal user this shouldn't matter, but it shows that Kingston really doesn't want you opening their drive.
Kingston is using 16 flash chips and the Sandforce flash controller, which is located in the middle of the PCB. An additional DRAM cache chip, like other SSDs use for additional caching, is not available.
As controller the recently released Sandforce SF-2281 is used.
The 16 flash chips are made by Intel and have a capacity of 16 GB each, they are produced in a 25 nanometer production process.