Memory giant Kingston has announced a new high-performance PCI Express solid-state drive (SSD), the HyperX Predator PCIe, boasting up to 1.4GB/s read performance.

While solid-state storage devices connecting to the PCI Express bus, rather than the more commonly used SATA ports, are a common sight in the server market their adoption by gaming brands has been slow - something which is slowly changing as additional manufacturers begin adding support for the M.2 PCIe-based storage form factor to their motherboards. Kingston is hoping to capture a chunk of the market which is now opening as a result with its new HyperX Predator PCIe family, which is to launch in February in 240GB and 480GB capacities with a 960GB model to follow in the near future.

Based around Marvell's four-lane PCIe SSD controller 88SS9293, the main selling point of the HyperX Predator PCIe range is performance: Kingston claims that the range is capable of 1.4GB/s read and 1GB/s write over a PCI Express 2.0 four-lane connection. Both the 240GB and 480GB models are to be launched as either a bare M.2 form-factor device for boards with support, or bundled with a half-height half-length (HHHL) adapter for insertion into any PCI Express slot on boards that lack native M.2 support. The 960GB model, due for launch towards the end of the first quarter or start of the second, will be exclusively available in HHHL-adapted format - suggesting it may feature two 480GB M.2 modules on a single PCIe adapter board to reach its impressive capacity, something as-yet unconfirmed by Kingston.

'HyperX is happy to soon unleash its fastest HyperX SSD to date. The PCIe form factor showcases extreme speeds while processing both compressed and uncompressed data,' claimed Kingston's Krystian Jaroszynski at the unveiling during the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas this week. 'We worked closely with Marvell to engineer this HyperX Predator PCIe SSD for higher performance and it more than delivers through its ultra-responsive multi-tasking and faster system performance.'

Pricing for the new SSD range has yet to be confirmed.
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