Our friends over at Futurelooks had a great party on Wednesday night at Palms Place. Not only was it a party, but a product showcase for many of the companies that co-hosted the event. I really like these types of events because you really get one on one face time with companies and it is in a more relaxed environment. We were able to talk with Kingston, Zalman and Zotac so let’s see what they have in store for 2011.
Kingston Genesis DDR3 2133MHz & 1600MHz (Special Edition)
This is the first time ever Kingston has released Genesis memory in a different color than blue. The grey Genesis memory is shipping now but, it is limited special edition. It’ll be replaced by the blue later this year. Independent of color, the new Genesis products will be DDR3 and offered at 2133MHz and 1600MHz. Kingston is packaging the Genesis memory in 4GB kits (2 sticks, 2GB/ea). Also, the new Genesis memory (both colors) are a bit different than the older version, it doesn’t come with the clips on top, providing an overall super clean look.
V+100 Series SSD
The big features of the V+100 Series is the new 96GB storage capacity which provides a pricing sweet spot between 64GB and 128GB. Also, the V+100 Series is equipped with internal garbage collection. To make a long story short, internal garbage collection will speed up write operations on operating systems that don’t TRIM support. The V+100 can read data at 230MB/s and write data at 180MB/s. Also, if you favor a smaller form factor, the V+ is 1.8” while offering the same features and performance as the V+100. All of the V+ series is focused on the enterprise market.
V100 Series SSD
Now, we’re onto the consumer market, and to simply put it, the consumers get the best end of the deal. Kingston is offering drives at 256GB which are their fastest yet! With read speeds of 250MB/s and write speeds of 230MB/s (but the 65GB version tops out at 145MB/s write), the V100 is sure to blaze through tasks that you’re used to waiting for. Kingston promised the V100 will be competitively priced and will be available in two sets, a desktop or laptop set.
Kingston, Coming in 2011
Info about Kingston’s upcoming products was pretty scarce, however, they teased the HyperXperiance SSD. It’ll be an enthusiast drive offering SATA3 (6Gb/s) and will be available in Q2 2011.