Kingston KC1000 NVMe PCIe SSD Review

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  • Performance

  • Features

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Price: ₹ 26000

Key Specs

    Available Capacities: 240GB, 480GB, 960GB
    NAND Components: 15nm MLC
    Interface: PCIe Gen 3.0 x4 (NVMe)
    Form Factor: HHHL (Half-Height, Half-Length) adapter
    NAND Controller: Phison PS5007-E7
    Dimensions: 180.98 x 120.96 x 21.59mm
    Weight: 76g (with HHHL AIC – standard bracket)

Pros: Adapter included
Easy to Install
High Speed
Small form factor
Build quality
Good Performance

Cons: 4K performance is a bit disappointing.

Bottomline: Kingston’s KC1000 NVMe SSD is the fastest Kingston SSD drive we have tested and moreover, the price of the NVMe SSD drives are much lower than any other PCIe SSDs present in the market right now and the best part is that all KC1000 SSD drives come with an adapter.

Kingston Digital has introduced a new ultra-fast solid state drive interface Kingston KC1000 NVMe PCIe. The PCIe drives are almost  2x faster than SATA-based SSDs and over 40x faster than a 7200RPM hard-disk drive. We got 480GB Kingston KC1000 NVMe PCIe for review and let’s see the speed and installation of this storage product.

If you are working with high-definition video, applications, virtual augmented reality, streaming and real-time analytics, resource-intensive video games, software for CAD and other software products impose high requirements on the system than the PCIe slot SSD drives will definitely increase the performance.

In particular, made in M2 form factor, Kingston KC1000 NVMe PCIe drive is equipped with KS1000 interface PCIe Gen3 x4 and supports the latest protocol NVMe, allowing exchange of data at speeds up to 290 000 IO per second (IOPS), i.e. more than 2 times faster compared to SATA SSD, and more than 40 times faster than a traditional hard drive 7200 rpm/min. Thus, this new drive makes it possible to significantly speed up the loading of the system and the start of the program, to increase productivity in operations with sequential read and write.

Besides high Performance, Kingston KC1000 NVMe PCIe SSD has higher than traditional SSD, energy efficiency, and increased reliability, backed by a 5-year limited warranty.  The Kingston SSD K1000 will be available in the market in versions of 240, 480 and 960 GB.

Detailed Specifications of Kingston KC1000 NVMe PCIe SSD:

Form factor: M.2 2280

Interface: NVMe PCIe Gen 3.0 x 4 Lanes

Capacities: 240GB, 480GB, 960GB

Controller: Phison PS5007-E7


Sequential Read/Write:
240GB — up to 2700/900MB/s
480GB, 960GB — up to 2700/1600MB/s

Maximum 4k Read/Write:
240GB — up to 225,000/190,000 IOPS
480GB, 960GB — up to 290,000/190,000 IOPS

Random 4k Read/Write:
240GB, 480GB — up to 190,000/160,000

960GB — up to 190,000/165,000 IOPS

PCMARK Vantage HDD Suite Score: 150,000

Total Bytes Written (TBW):

  • 240GB — 300TB and .70 DWPD5
  • 480GB — 550TB and .64 DWPD5
  • 960GB — 1PB and .58 DWPD5

Power Consumption:
.11W Idle / .99W Avg / 4.95W (MAX) Read / 7.40W (MAX) Write

Storage temperatures: -40°C ~ 85°C

Operating temperatures: 0°C ~ 70°C


  • 80mm x 22mm x 3.5mm (M.2)
  • 180.98mm x 120.96mm x 21.59mm (with HHHL AIC – standard bracket)
  • 181.29mm x 80.14mm x 23.40mm (with HHHL AIC – low-profile bracket)


  • 10g (M.2)
  • 76g (with HHHL AIC – standard bracket)
  • 69g (with HHHL AIC – low-profile bracket)

Vibration operating: 2.17G Peak (7-800Hz)

Vibration non-operating: 20G Peak (20-1000Hz)

MTBF: 2,000,000

Limited 5-year warranty with free technical support

Kingston KC1000 NVMe PCIe SSD Installation

The Kingston KC1000 NVMe PCIe SSD comes with the adapter. So, if you don’t have M.2 slots in your motherboard then you can use the standard PCIe slots to install this SSD drive. In the following video, you can see how to install the native M.2 SSD into the adapter.

After installing the drive with an adapter you can easily plug the PCIe SSD adapter into the PCIe slot. The drive is plug and play, so you don’t need to install additional drivers.



The company claims the Sequential Read/Write speed of the SSD is  2700/1600MB/s. And the result we got while testing the drive in our benchmarks is almost same. We tested the drive using our test bed (Intel Core i7 CPU, 4 GB Kingston DDR3 RAM, Windows 10 OS and Cooler Master 350 Plus). In our random test in which we transferred the assorted 3Gb data from our HDD drive to this 480GB SSD drive and the speed we got was 193MB/s and the time it took 16 seconds.

Running the benchmarks, it performed well on Crystal Disk Mark (sequential) it gave 2840 MB/s read and 1222 MB/s write speed, and with HD Tune Pro, it delivered maximum and minimum read speeds of 566.7 MB/s and 297.4 MB/s respectively which almost double if you compare it with normal SATA SSD drives. In the past, we have reviewed the Kingston HyperX Fury 240GB SSD and if you compare the score and performance of both drives you see a significate amount of difference.

Crystal Disk Mark 

HD Tune Pro

Like all other PCIe NVMe drives, KC1000 SSD might get a bit hot especially while gaming so it’s best to use a Fan on it or close to it. The price of KC1000 240GB  and 480GB  are 16000 and 26000 respectively along the adapter.


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