We’re finally beginning to see more manufacturers bring M.2 SSDs to market, and Kingston HyperX now has SATA and PCIe interface units available. The SATA interface M.2 SSDs offer similar performance to the standard 2.5″ design we’ve been using for some time now, but with the advantage of much smaller space requirements. Of course, the most intriguing M.2 interface is PCIe, which promises wicked speeds over and above 1000 MB/s. Kingston sent over one of their new HyperX Predator M.2 PCIe x4 SSDs so we can see for ourselves what these drives are capable of.
Oh DDR3… it was real, it was fun, but is hasn’t been really fun. DDR3 has came, saw, kicked some rear, and is now starting to see its way out. While Intel’s mainstream platform and all of AMD still use it, the release of DDR4 spells the eventual end to our close friend. Its time to learn something new folks. DDR4 brings lower voltage requirements, higher densities, and higher speeds.
Kingston has long been in the memory and flash storage business; and like most other organizations, has kept up with market demand and the wants/needs of enthusiasts. The release of Ivy Bridge CPUs brings an even more robust memory controller on the chips and subsequently, even faster potential memory speeds. To that end, Kingston has brought to market a set of 2666 MHz rated chips within their Predator series of memory. It’s time to test these speedsters and see how they do.