It's really too bad we couldn't find the KingFast F3 Plus for sale anywhere yet because it's a really good SSD. We don't see 5K flash very often, but when we do, the price of the product is usually quite a bit higher than 3K flash drives. Even more depressing is the fact that KingFast doesn't advertise the superior flash at all. While researching the F3 Plus, we didn't find a mention of the flash on their website or on the specifications lists.
What KingFast is pushing with the F3 Plus is the new 7mm z-height. This spec is required almost exclusively in new ultrabooks. That doesn't mean you can't tuck a 7mm drive in your regular notebook or desktop. It means you can't fit your 9.5mm tall drive in most ultrabooks. As you may know, ultrabooks are amazing, and if you didn't know that, then you really should get out more.
Part of the ultrabook spec dictated by Intel is the use of flash for the storage. So far they've come in three forms, slow, hybrid slow and good for an OEM fair. What we rarely see is an enthusiast quality, i.e. a very high speed SSD in a production ultrabook. There aren't many companies with 7mm aftermarket SSDs so KingFast is in a good position with this product because they don't have to fight it out with the vast numbers of Team SandForce drives on the market.
We've already discussed the price, we don't know it yet, but when this drive does go on sale, M-Factors will carry it. American's are covered and on KingFast's website, they list eight other e-tails that carry its products.
The KingFast F3 Plus is quite nice with its 5K MLC flash, 7mm thin size height and nice accessory package. We'll have to update the price when we get it and because of that we have to cut this review a bit short. If the F3 Plus comes in at a lower price than the Intel 520 Series and Kingston HyperX SSD then we really, really like it.
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- Page 1 [Introduction]
- Page 2 [Specifications, Pricing and Availability]
- Page 3 [Packaging]
- Page 4 [KingFast F3 Plus SSD]
- Page 5 [Benchmarks - Test System Setup and ATTO Baseline Performance]
- Page 6 [Benchmarks - HD Tune Pro]
- Page 7 [Benchmarks - AIDA64 Random Access Time]
- Page 8 [Benchmarks - CrystalDiskMark]
- Page 9 [Benchmarks - PCMark Vantage Hard Disk Tests]
- Page 10 [Benchmarks - PCMark Vantage - Drives with Data Testing]
- Page 11 [Benchmarks - AS SSD]
- Page 12 [Benchmarks - Anvil Storage Utilities]
- Page 13 [Benchmarks - Passmark]
- Page 14 [Final Thoughts]