Kingston Launches First SandForce-based Business-Equipped SSD


Kingston, a leading manufacturer in terms of memory products has announced a new SSD series for the Enterprise market. Under the SSDNow line comes KC100 that, as advertised, utilize the latest SandForce controllers in the market. The Rev 2.0 comes with read and write speeds of 280Mb/s and 260Mb/s while the Rev 3.0 comes with speeds of 540Mb/s and 450Mb/s respectively.

What makes these SSD's business orientated is that they can be monitored with industry standard and publicly available S.M.A.R.T monitoring tools on the market, for easier maintenance of drives besides the massive speed boost compared to conventional hard drives.

The SSDNow KC100 is available in both 120 and 240GB capacities. Scroll down for the official press release below.

Hsinchu, Taiwan – September 14, 2011 – Kingston, the independent world leader in memory products, today announced it is shipping SSDNow KC100, the company’s first SATA Rev. 3.0 (6Gb/s) business-equipped SSD. SSDNow KC100 utilizes the latest award-winning SandForce controller. This powerhouse SSD delivers exceptional performance and instantly boosts the productivity of any client system.


SSDNow KC100 is backed by a five-year warranty to match the industry average for product refresh cycles in the enterprise. Utilizing SandForce’s DuraClass technology, SSDNow KC100 delivers world-class data integrity protection. Corporations can rest assured their data is safe as the drive offers advanced wear leveling and garbage collection to maintain optimal endurance and performance. Data integrity protection runs transparently in the background so it never disrupts daily business.


SSDNow KC100 is the only business-equipped SSD to offer enterprise-level S.M.A.R.T attributes. The SSD’s usage statistics, health and life stage can be monitored with industry standard and publicly available S.M.A.R.T monitoring tools. This provides peace of mind for IT departments knowing their employees are taken care of as the SSDNow KC100 client-side SSDs are reliable and running optimally.


“Kingston is thrilled to offer the new business-equipped SSDNow KC100 SSD to enterprises,” said Nathan Su, Flash Memory Sales Director, APAC Region, Kingston. “Data integrity is important to every company and the SSDNow KC100 is sure to deliver the highest standards of data protection on the client systems in which it is installed. Users can rest assured that with the combination of its endurance, reliability and performance, SSDNow KC100 will become a very important asset in the workplace.”


The new SSDNow KC100 self-encrypts to provide full and immediate client-level data encryption. With two embedded encryption engines, running in both AES-128 and AES-256, encryption is performed at the drive level without draining host system resources and slowing down data transfer rates. SSDNow KC100 is also backwards-compatible with current SATA 2 systems so investments are future-proofed for the next client system upgrade.


SSDNow KC100 ships in 120GB, 240GB and 480GB capacities, as a standalone or as an upgrade bundle kit. It is backed by a five-year warranty, free technical support and legendary Kingston reliability. For more information, please visit


Kingston SSDNow KC100 Features and Specifications:

  • Sequential Reads 6Gb/s1:

SATA Rev. 3.0 – 120GB & 240GB: 555MB/s; 480GB: 540MB/s

SATA Rev. 2.0 – 120GB, 240GB & 480GB: 280MB/s

  • Sequential Writes 6Gb/s:

SATA Rev. 3.0 – 120GB & 240GB: 510MB/s; 480GB: 450MB/s

SATA Rev. 2.0 – 120GB, 240GB & 480GB: 260MB/s

  • Sustained Random 4K Read/Write2:

120GB: 20,000 / 60,000 IOPS

240GB: 40,000 / 60,000 IOPS

480GB: 60,000/45,000 IOPS

  • Max Random 4K Read/Write:

120GB: 90,000 / 70,000 IOPS

240GB: 95,000 / 60,000 IOPS

480GB: 77,000 / 45,000 IOPS

  • Form Factor: 2.5"
  • Interface: SATA Rev. 3.0 (6Gb/s), SATA Rev 2.0 (3Gb/s) and SATA Rev 1.0 (1.5Gb/s)
  • Guaranteed: Five-year Kingston warranty, free tech support
  • Enterprise S.M.A.R.T Tools: Reliability tracking, usage statistics, life remaining, power loss, wear leveling, temperature, drive life protection.
  • Capacity3: 120GB, 240GB, 480GB
  • Storage Temperatures: -40°C - 85°C
  • Operating Temperatures: 0°C - 70°C
  • Dimensions: 69.85mm x 100mm x 9.5mm
  • Vibration Operating: 2.17G
  • Vibration Non-operating: 20G
  • Operating Shock: 1500G
  • Power Specs: 0.455 W (TYP) Idle / 1.6 W (TYP) Read / 2.05 W (TYP) Write




Kingston SSDNow KC100 Business Equipped Solid-State Drive

Part number

Capacity and features

SKC100S3/120G 120GB SSDNow KC100 Stand-alone SSD
SKC100S3/240G 240GB SSDNow KC100 Stand-alone SSD
SKC100S3/480G 480GB SSDNow KC100 Stand-alone SSD
SKC100S3B/120G 120GB SSDNow KC100 Upgrade Bundle Kit
SKC100S3B/240G 240GB SSDNow KC100 Upgrade Bundle Kit
SKC100S3B/480G 480GB SSDNow KC100 Upgrade Bundle Kit