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Kingston announces A1000 M.2 PCIe Gen3 x2 NVMe SSDs

by on04 April 2018


Phison 5008 controller with 3D TLC NAND

Kingston has announced its latest A1000 PCIe NVMe SSDs which will deliver twice the performance of SATA at "near SATA pricing" and be available in 240GB, 480GB, and 960GB capacities, in standard M.2 2280 form-factor with PCIe Gen3 x2 NVMe interface.

As noted, the new entry-level Kingston A1000 SSDs will use standard M.2 2280 single-sided form-factor and PCIe NVMe Gen3 x2 interface. Pairing up the Phison 5008 and 3D TLC NAND allowed Kingston to hit sequential read performance of up to 1500MB/s while the write depends on the actual model, hitting 800MB/s for the 240GB, 900MB/s for the 480GB and 1000MB/s for the 960GB drive.

The random 4k read and write performance peaks at 100k/80k IOPS for the 240GB, 100k/90k IOPS for the 480GB and 120k/100k for the 960GB model.

The MTBF is set at 1 million hours and the A1000 SSDs come with 5-year warranty with endurance (TBW) of 150TB for the 240GB, 300TB for the 480GB and 600TB for the 960GB model.

What makes these drives quite interesting is the claim from Tony Hollingsbee, SSD Business Manager for EMEA at Kingston, which states that these are both more reliable and durable, as well as double the performance of the standard SATA SSD, but should come at about the same price as SATA SSDs.

According to our details, the MSRP for A1000 SDDs will set at $119.60 for the 240GB, $218.40 for the 480GB and $403 for the 960GB model but they can already be found listed at Amazon.com in the US for $120 for the 240GB, $228 for the 480GB and $420 for the 960GB model. In Europe, the Kingston A1000 SSD lineup is listed at €99 for the 240GB, €179 for the 480GB and €339 for the 960GB model.

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