Kingston KC1000 M.2 2280 480GB NVMe MLC Internal SSD Review


Kingston has had a wide variety of storage devices but until now they haven’t ventured into the NVME market. With the Kingston KC1000 M.2 2280 480GB, NVME MLC Internal Solid State Drive that has changed and Kingston has dipped their proverbial storage foot into the NVME arena. We’ve seen PCIe SATA, and M.2 devices from Kingston and many of them were impressive like the Kingston Savage PCIe they released a couple of years ago.

One thing you can depend on with Kingston is when they put out a new device type they have well researched it and you know the device is built to exacting specifications and ready to deliver Kingston quality performance.


Kingston has stated that the KC1000 lineup is perfect for:

  • Ultimate Storage Upgrade for HD Video
  •  PC Enthusiasts
  • High-resolution video editing
  • Virtual and augmented reality applications
  • CAD software applications
  • Streaming media
  • Graphically intensive video games
  • Data visualization
  • Real-time analytics

Released in 3 sizes, 240GB, 480GB and 960GB Kingston is looking to a wider market with this, their first NVME offering and from the looks of the advertised performance, we’d say they hit the wider market plan in a big way.

ProductKingston KC1000
Capacity Sizes240GB, 480GB, 960GB
ControllerPhison PS5007-E7
NANDToshiba 15nm MLC
Interface / ProtocolPCIe 3.0 x4 / NVMe
Sequential Read2,700 MB/s
Sequential Write240GB: 900 MB/s
480GB: 1,600 MB/s
960GB: 1,600 MB/s
Random Read240GB: 225,000 IOPS
480GB: 290,000 IOPS
960GB: 290,000 IOPS
Random Write190,000 IOPS
Endurance240GB: 300TB
480GB: 550TB
960GB: 1PB
Warranty5-Years Limited

With a sequential read of 2700MB/s and sequential write of 1600MB/s, the performance should thrill anyone moving from a SATA SSD or a Platter HD! Leveraging the Phison PS5007-E7 controller and rocking Toshiba 15nm MLC across a PCIe 3.0 x4/NVME interface it looks more like Kingston dove head first into the NVME pool than merely dipping a toe in it!

Kingston offers both PCIe and M.2 versions of the KC1000 and we received the 2280 form factor M.2. The PCIe version is just a PCIe card with an M.2 2280 drive attached making it a more versatile drive and compatible with rigs not containing an M.2 slot.

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