Kingston is announcing the KC1000 NVMe PCIe M.2 SSD, which is geared toward the power user, including professionals and enthusiasts. The KC1000 is the ultimate performance boost for demanding applications such as high-resolution video editing, virtualization, augmented reality, gaming, and other data intensive workloads where typical storage is unable to keep pace with data demand.
The KC1000 is being offered in three capacity points — 240GB, 480GB and 960GB. Performance-wise we are looking at sequential read speeds of up to 2700MB/s, with sequential writes varying a bit by capacity. The 240GB version is rated for sequential write speeds of up to 900MB/s, with the 480GB and 960GB versions at up to 1600MB/s sequential writes. Maximum 4K read speeds are stated as up to 225,000 IOPS for the 240GB, and up to 290,000 IOPS for the 480GB and 960GB versions. Maximum 4K writes are stated as up to 190,000 IOPS for all capacities.
According to Ariel Perez, SSD business manager for Kingston, “The demands of today’s performance power users are constantly being put to the test as new data-intensive applications push the boundaries of what can be achieved with even the market’s high performance professional workstations and most powerful gaming rigs. KC1000 is the perfect solution to meet the needs of media and design professionals, gaming enthusiasts and anyone who needs ultra-low latency storage performance to end data bottlenecks. This native NVMe device offers one of the industry’s most powerful storage solutions for high-resolution content delivery, virtual reality applications, accelerated game play or a competitive edge for the creative professional on tight deadlines.”
Kingston pairs MLC flash with a Phison PS5007-E7 controller on the KC1000, which is built in the standard M.2 x 2280 form factor. Power consumption is stated as .11W at idle, and .99W average. Maximum read power consumption is stated as 4.95 W and maximum write power consumption is stated as 7.40W. Mean Time Between Failures (MTBF) is stated as 2,000,000 hours.
The KC1000 is being offered either as the drive only, or with both standard and low-profile add-in card brackets. Kingston anticipates that the KC1000 will begin shipping in mid-June 2017. Kingston is backing the KC1000 with a five-year limited warranty.