The storage experts from Kingston have two new SSDs in their portfolio that are about to be launched. The two consumer SSDs are the NV1, which uses NVMe, and the KC600, which uses mSATA as an interface. While the NV1 is completely new, we already know the KC600 as an SSD in the 2.5-inch form factor.
Kingston NV1: NVMe SSD with PCIe Gen3 x4
The company has already been extremely busy this year, announcing several new additions. The SSD flagship with the project name “Ghost Tree” made a particularly impressive appearance. However, Kingston also enriches the market apart from the high-end SSD. The NV1 is a new product line of NVMe SSDs that is aimed at beginners, but still comes with a good configuration. The NV1, which is available in 500 GB, 1 TB and 2 TB sizes, uses the M.2 form factor and measures 22 mm in width and 80 mm in length. Thanks to PCIe Gen3 x4, speeds of max. 2,100 MB/s (read) and max. 1,700 MB/s (write) should be possible. We do not yet know which controllers or NAND types Kingston will use.
The power consumption of the 2.1 mm slim PCIe-SSD is pleasingly low. Thus, it is said to have a power consumption of just 5 milliwatts in idle. When it gets down to business, the power consumption increases, but it is not high even then. The NV1 is supposed to need 1.1 watts for reading and 3.3 watts for writing. This indicates an optimal use for slim notebooks. After all, a battery-saving SSD is the non plus ultra here. Unfortunately, the TBW specifications are also low. The small version with 500 GB has a capacity of 120 TB. The two bigger ones have 240 TB (1 TB) and 480 TB (2 TB), respectively. Kingston has not yet commented on the prices. In view of the comparatively low TBW values, the NV1 series, which will be released at the end of March, shouldn’t be too expensive, though.
Kingston KC600: 2.5 inch becomes mSATA
The KC600 from Kingston is not a new SSD. Quite the contrary. We have already known the series for a few years. But the update already shows a huge difference to the classic model at first glance. Instead of the 2.5-inch form factor, the KC600 now also uses mSATA. The new model comes in the practical dimensions of 50 mm x 30 mm x 5 mm. Kingston installs an SM2259 controller from Silicon Motion. On top of that, a 3D TLC NAND is found on the small card. Kingston has not yet revealed more detailed specifications. All in all, the equipment of the new “mini version” should correspond to that of the 2.5-inch model. You only have to accept losses in the area of memory size. While the larger SATA model was available with a maximum of 2,048 GB, the new mSATA version comes with 256 GB, 512 GB and 1,024 GB.
A look at the speeds again shows parallels to the classic 2.5-inch variant. The KC600 once again achieves a maximum of 550 MB/s for reading and 520 MB/s for writing. Kingston states a maximum of 90,000 (read) and 80,000 (write) IOPS. Thus, the new KC600 also keeps up with the typical rates of the competition in the group of SATA SSDs. Since the SATA interface inherently sets a corresponding limit, this is hardly surprising. The hardware’s encryption still sounds exciting. Kingston uses AES 256, eDrive and TCG Opal. In terms of TBW, the values turn out better than those of the upcoming NV1, so the KC600 offers about 600 TB per terabyte. Kingston also still owes us the prices of the KC600 in mSATA format. However, since this SSD is also supposed to be launched at the end of March, we will certainly know soon.