I dropped by Kingston's booth at the IDF tech showcase to check out two things this evening: Kingston's SSDNow KC100 and another Sandy Bridge E demo. The KC100 is another SF-2281 SSD but aimed at business users with a 5-year warranty instead of the 3-year warranty that comes on the HyperX. Performance should be identical to the HyperX. SandForce has a new firmware revision that is in testing now (3.30) which should fix some issues users have been having, but no word on whether or not it'll address all issues at this point.

Kingston also populated a Sandy Bridge E motherboard with 8 x 8GB DIMMs just to show what's possible with Intel's next high-end enthusiast platform. 

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  • Beenthere - Wednesday, September 14, 2011 - link

    What makes the SSDNow KC100 different other than the warranty?

    All the troops need to sort out their reliability and compatibility issues on SSDs because most are not ready for Prime time at this point in the game if you need secure data.
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  • Hrel - Wednesday, September 14, 2011 - link

    64GB of RAM!!! I want that! Reply
  • Beenthere - Wednesday, September 14, 2011 - link

    64 GB. of RAM won't do much unless you're running large programs or many apps concurrently. Reply
  • xxtypersxx - Wednesday, September 14, 2011 - link

    Two words:

    RAM. Drive.

    Its the next logical progression for enthusiasts. Now we just need Intel to release some tools that make it easy for the ram drive to be automatically mirrored and restored to a dedicated SSD.
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  • Klinky1984 - Wednesday, September 14, 2011 - link

    I don't really think that's a logical progression much at all. We already have the system cache in place which puts recently loaded items into system memory for quicker access. Having to pull 64GB into system memory every time you boot is going to be more hampering to performance than it's benefits. Reply
  • alpha754293 - Wednesday, September 14, 2011 - link

    @xxtypersxx
    One word for you: BitMicro
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  • Klinky1984 - Wednesday, September 14, 2011 - link

    Pfft, who needs 64GB of RAM? 6.40GB should be enough for anyone! Reply
  • alpha754293 - Wednesday, September 14, 2011 - link

    I do. Biggest swap file to-date: 90 GB. Reply
  • zerockslol - Wednesday, September 21, 2011 - link

    I remember a famous software engineer was once rumoured to have said "640K (of ram) should be enough for anybody" Reply
  • alpha754293 - Wednesday, September 14, 2011 - link

    *shrug*

    For a desktop system, that IS a big deal.

    But for the systems that I'm used to - mehhh.....I'd like to top out a 512 GB system...
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