For the Last couple of years that PCIe based SSD’s have been around, they have been firmly in the realm of the more deep-pocketed enthusiast niche. In the last few months, we’ve seen some more budget-friendly drives coming out based around newer low-cost controllers. These entry-level drives are aiming squarely at displacing SATA SSD’s with performance several times higher in the same cost per capacity segment. Today we’ll be checking out Kingston’s Entry-Level offering, the A1000. Offering more than double the performance than SATA is even capable of for a price nearly identical to a premium SATA offering, this just might be one foot in the grave for SATA SSD’s.
ProClockers would like to thank Kingston for sending us a new A1000 SSD to check out!
Kingston’s take on the A1000 SSD:
Exceptional responsiveness and ultra-low latency.
Kingston’s A1000 solid-state drive is an entry-level PCIe NVMe solution with a single-sided M.2 22x80mm design. This form factor is ideal for thinner notebooks and systems with limited space. Using a PCIe NVMe™ Gen 3.0 x2 interface, 4-channel Phison E8 controller, and 3D NAND Flash, this drive offers read and write speeds up to 1,500MB/s and 1,000MB/s. It is 2X faster than a SATA-based SSD and 20X faster than a traditional hard drive offering exceptional responsiveness, ultra-low latency, and throughput. More reliable and durable than a hard drive, A1000 is built with NAND Flash semiconductor memory. There are no moving parts, making it far less likely to fail than a mechanical hard drive. It is also cooler and quieter, and its shock and vibration resistance makes it ideal for notebooks and other mobile computing devices. A1000 is available in multiple capacities from 240GB–960GB to give you all the space you need for applications, videos, photos, and other important documents. You can also replace your hard drive or a smaller SSD with a drive with enough storage capacity for all your files.
- 20X faster than a 7200RPM hard drive
- M.2 2280 Form Factor
- Single-sided design
- Multiple capacities up to 960GB