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KingSpec SATA M.2 NGFF Ultrabook SSD Review (128GB)

Only a few hours before we hit the hustle and bustle of the 2014 Consumer Electronic Show and our friends at KingSpec threw in a loop with the ok to go ahead and post our review on their newest M.2 ultrabook  SSD.  Add to that the fact that I am writing this at 6:30 am and a Northern Canadian snow storm is blowing outside my window and you just have to know that, even after reporting on SSDs for some five years now, it is still one of my favorite pastimes and a passion that still drives me.  Here is a holiday picture I bet you might never expect to see!

Kingspec Christmas Picture

Kingspec is a ‘SSD only’ company based in China and has a staff complement of 1200 employees capable of producing up to 3 million SSDs per month.  KingSpec has been around since 1995 and, although their name is not as popular as many others in North America, they are a global company with products that can be found in popular e-tailer channels.  Most recently, we posted a report on their Multi-Core 1TB PCIe SSD, capable of 2.5GB/s lightning speeds which was a pleasure to review. As for the availability of the KingSpec M.2 SSD we are reviewing today, we might guess that it may be a more client-directed product and only available at retail level, should demand exist.

Kingspec M.2 SSD Front Brand

SPECIFICATIONS

The KingSpec CHA-M2B7  M.2 NGFF ultrabook SSD is available in capacities of 32, 64 an 128GB and is a 42mm(L) X 22mm(W)X3.2mm(H) SATA M.2 SSD.  To say it is small is an understatement as we can fit four of these on a typical business card with plenty of room to spare.

Kingspec M.2 SSD Size

Performance of the 128GB capacity is listed at 520MB/s read and 300MB/s write with up to 65K IOPS which is actually pretty respectable.  Power specs are listed at 0.3W idle and 1.6W active and the only real negative we hit was that it only has a 2 year warranty; we would like to see 3 minimum.

COMPONENTS

The KingSpec M2B7 M.2 SSD is based on a JMicron JMF 667H SATA controller that, not only did we test first hand in our KingSpec MultiCore Review, but also, we looked at it in the WD Black2 Dual Drive Review just a few days ago.

Kingspec M.2 SSD FrontUnfortunately, branding removal seemed to be accompanied by the print paint so let’s try and get this at a different angle:

Kingspec M.2 SSD Controller

Just below the controller is a Nanya DRAM cache numbered NT5CB128M16HP and two modules of NAND flash memory, one on either side of the PCB.

Kingspec M.2 SSD BackEach memory module is 19nm MLC and 64GB in capacity for the overall specified size of 128GB.  After formatting, 119GB of disk space is available to the user which is typical for this size of SSD.

Kingspec M.2 SSD Back Brand

Also found on the underside of the SSD is a validation sticker that also acts as a security sticker as it cannot be replaced once removed.

Only a few hours before we hit the hustle and bustle of the 2014 Consumer Electronic Show and our friends at KingSpec threw in a loop with the ok to go ahead and post our review on their newest M.2 ultrabook  SSD.  Add to that the fact that I am writing this at 6:30 am and a Northern Canadian snow storm is blowing outside my window and you just have to know that, even after reporting on SSDs for some five years now, it is still one of my favorite pastimes and a passion that still drives me.  Here is…

Review Overview

SSD Build
Performance
Product Features
Warranty
Availability and Pricing

Incredibly Small!

Summary : KingSpec once again steps ahead in their development of smaller form factor SSDs, providing a very compact and high performing solution.

User Rating: 3.5 ( 1 votes)
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About Les Tokar

is a technology nut and Founder of The SSD Review. His early work includes the first consumer SSD review along with MS Vista, Win 7 and SSD Optimization Guides. Les is fortunate to, not only evaluate and provide opinion on consumer and enterprise solid state storage but also, travel the world in search of new technologies and great friendships. Google+
  • Dan Valentin

    Bring us more good news from CES.

  • David Bell

    We got an almost Canadian snow storm here on Cape Cod today. Greta photo! I am still waiting for the Samsung 840 pro m.2 form factor :) Have fun at CES. You are going, yes? Dave

    • http://thessdreview.com Les@TheSSDReview

      Yup…on our way this morning and out of a snow storm. Seems every year we bring more and still don’t have enough bodies to spread out to all evets and appointments.

      • David Bell

        I am really happy for your success! What a fun time that show must be! I will be awaiting the secrets when they can be released :) Dave

  • Darren Enns

    Any idea where in Canada (if that is where you were) that this particular make/model SSD is available? I am having a difficult time sourcing M.2 2242-form-factor SSD cards that can be purchased here.

    • http://thessdreview.com Les@TheSSDReview

      What size and form factor are you looking for? SATA 3 M.2?

      • Darren Enns

        Well, this is the best page I have found describing the various physical parameters of M.2 SSD drives:

        http://www.ramcity.com.au/blog/m.2-ngff-ssd-compatibility-list/53

        On all the various Chromebooks I am aware of — including the new Asus Chromebox I just purchased, only the ‘MyDigitalSSD SuperCache 2 M.2 (SATA)’ is currently mentioned as a (larger) replacement drive, and it is of the ‘2242’ (meaning 22mm wide, 42mm long)’ form factor, with ‘M’ & ‘B’ key SSD edge connectors. To my eyes, that looks like a match to the KingSpec you reviewed in your article above. I can find no online stores selling *any* SSDs with those parameters in Canada, and then saw your article — for a brand that I had never heard mentioned before in this context i.e. KingSpec.

      • http://thessdreview.com Les@TheSSDReview

        Are you looking for a chrome book SSD? If so, we are just about to review a chrome book with the SSD you just mentioned from MyDigitalSSD. We will be replacing the stock SSD with a MyDigitalSSD 128 GB version in a Acer Chromebook.

  • http://thessdreview.com Les@TheSSDReview

    You can buy from MyDigitalSSD directly. I am not aware of another option right now. Also, products not available in Canada are normally purchasable on Amazon.com…at least some.

    • Darren Enns

      Well, thanks in any case. I had hopes for KingSpec as another choice :)

  • Law

    Do Not ever buy any SSD for Kingspec! I bought one from them and after a year it is dead. I have been contacting them for more than 3 months now by email them and trying to call them yet no response from their side! Never ever I will buy a product with shit service again!

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