Legit Reviews had the opportunity to review the Kingston HyperX Predator M.2 PCIe SSD earlier this year and found it to be a very capable AHCI device that used the Marvell 88SS9293 controller. That drive has been Kingston’s flagship PCIe SSD, but it’s successor going to be the HyperX Predator M.2 NVMe PCIe SSD. Kingston happened to have an early prototype of their new NVMe-based SSD at IDF 2015 tucked inside a system in their booth on the show floor.
Kingston made it clear that this is a very early prototype and that they are still testing controller and flash combinations and that the part is still very fluid and no where near finalized. The demo drive being shown off today was featuring a Phison controller with Toshiba NAND Flash Memory.
Kingston didn’t get anymore specific than that due to contractual obligations with Phison, but they were allowed to show off 128KB sequential read speeds and 4KB Random Read speeds (QD64) using IOMeter 2008.
The 4KB Random Read on IOMeter 2008.06.18 was 236,830 IOPS.
The 128KB sequential read speed on the HyperX Predator M.2 NVMe 480GB PCIe SSD was 1604 MB/s. It all goes well this PCIe Gen 3 x4 drive will likely debut at CES 2016 in Las Vegas!
The HyperX Predator M.2 NVMe demo was done on a test system with the following hardware: