Kingston A1000 SSDs offer NVMe storage on the cheap

Kingston made the leap into the realm of NVMe SSDs about ten months ago with the release of the KC1000-series SSDs. Someone in the company's marketing department must really like the number 1000. Not only does Kingston sell the DCP1000 datacenter-class drives, it's now let loose a new lineup of affordable PCIe storage devices bearing the A1000 moniker.

The drives all use a Phison E8 controller and 3D TLC NAND of unspecified make to deliver up to up to 1500 MB/s of sustained read performance across two PCIe 3.0 lanes. All the drives have the same sequential read speed rating, but write speeds vary by capacity. The 960 GB unit is the fastest, writing at up to 1000 MB/s. Random I/O performance also varies by model, again cresting with the largest drive's 120K random read IOPS and 100K random write IOPS.

The 240 GB version is rated to handle of 150 TB of writes over its life, the 480 GB model can take 300 TB, and the largest drive is rated for 600 TB. Kingston didn't say if the drive controller is the DRAM-less PS5008-E8T or the DRAM-cached PS5008-E8, but Les Tokar over at SSD Review took his review sample apart and found E8 silicon and a DRAM chip inside. 

Kingston's A1000 M.2 NVMe SSDs are available now from the company's web store and have a five-year warranty. The 240 GB model costs $120, the 480 GB version is $220, and the 960 GB will set buyers back $403. We imagine the drives will show up at Amazon and Newegg pretty soon for similar prices. Those tags put the drives right up against tough competition from the likes of Samsung's 960 Evo drives.

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    • ronch
    • 2 years ago

    I haven’t been following SSDs for a while. Are NVMe SSDs still more expensive per GB than SATA SSDs? And are they worth it? Are there still teething issues with boards coming out today or have they been worked out? If I were buying an NVMe SSD what would I have to keep in mind?

    • LostCat
    • 2 years ago

    I have yet to get an NVMe drive. Should fix this dilemma when the Ryzen has ryzen again.

    • Chrispy_
    • 2 years ago

    I know it was a long time ago but Kingston are still on my avoid list because they were caught red-handed performing the old bait-and-switch.

    “Unspecified TLC NAND” makes me wonder why I’d ever trust Kingston again when other similar-priced options are less coy about what’s under the hood.

    • Jeffs0418
    • 2 years ago

    I see why the read performance is 1500 MB/s for all 3 drives. That’s pretty close to where a bottleneck will happen(with overhead) using only 2 PCIe 3.0 lanes as opposed to 4 that’s been the mainstream approach.
    I think in the interest of cost savings Kingston cut some corners. They’re not a very good value and certainly not future-proof. At least the user experience would be indistinguishable from others until large files are being transferred.
    Anyone who shopped in this price range would see that there are better all-around choices to be had.
    IMHO they should cost around 15-20% less to be ‘cheap’.

      • w76
      • 2 years ago

      Future proof depends on use… the ancient Crucial M4 in my parents Core2Duo machine still makes it feel snappy, almost modern, in their usage, still far more responsive than any modern system using a traditional HDD (like a lot of laptops still try to get away with). It’s 7 or 8 years old at this point!

      But agree, this Kingston part appears to not be much value at its current price.

    • MOSFET
    • 2 years ago

    Oh boy, Phison and TLC. Pass.

      • ronch
      • 2 years ago

      And put together by Kingston, the master of switcheroo.

    • Kretschmer
    • 2 years ago

    Ooo cheap stor…$420/TB. That’s not cheap!

      • Srsly_Bro
      • 2 years ago

      I picked up a Crucial MX300 256GB for that price, and that SSD isn’t trash tier like the Kingston line.

      • JustAnEngineer
      • 2 years ago

      M.2 (M) PCIe SSDs start at $300/TB and go up:
      [url<],12000000&X=0,50205&sort=ppgb&i=85&page=1[/url<] The ¼ TB Samsung 960 Evo is currently priced at $480/TB while the ½ TB version is $400/TB.

      • Blytz
      • 2 years ago

      it is compared to a video card atm 🙁

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