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Kingston A1000 480GB NVMe SSD Review

For testing, the drives are all wiped and reset to factory settings by HDDerase V4. We try to use free or easily available programs and some real world testing so you can compare our findings against your own system. This is a good way to measure potential upgrade benefits.

We are in the process of updating our testing procedures for NVMe SSDs, adding new tests, refining others and using the latest versions of CrystalDiskMark, ATTO and AS SSD benchmarks. For a time we will show both old and new screenshots of these benchmarks as we transition from the older tests to the newer ones. We will try and re-test as many of the previously reviewed NVMe drives as we can so as to build up new versions of our comparative performance graphs.

The test setups for the new tests are listed below. Each test is run five times.

128KB Sequential Read / Write.
Transfer Request Size: 128KB Span: 8GB Thread(s): 1 Outstanding I/O: 1-32 Test Run: 20 minutes per test

4K Sustained Random Read / Write.
Transfer Request Size: 4KB Span: 80GB Thread(s): 4 Outstanding I/O: 1-32 Test Run: 20 minutes per test

4K Random 70/30 mix Read/Write.
Transfer Request Size: 4KB Span: 80GB Reads: 70% Writes: 30% Thread(s): 4 Outstanding I/O: 2 – 32 Test Run: 20 minutes

Main system:
Intel Core i7-7700K with 16GB of DDR4-3200 RAM, Sapphire R9 390 Nitro and an Asus Prime Z270-A motherboard.

Other drives

  • Corsair Force MP500 480GB
  • Corsair Neutron NX500 800GB
  • Intel Optane Memory 32GB
  • Intel SSD760p 512GB
  • Kingston HyperX Predator 480GB
  • Kingston KC1000 960GB
  • OCZ RevoDrive 350 480GB
  • OCZ RevoDrive 3 x2 480GB
  • Patriot Hellfire 240GB
  • Plextor M9Pe(Y) 512GB
  • Plextor M8PeG 512GB
  • Plextor M6e Black Edition PCIe 256GB
  • PNY CS2030 240GB
  • Samsung SSD960 PRO 2TB
  • Samsung SSD960 EVO 1TB
  • Samsung SSD950 PRO 256GB
  • Samsung SM951 256GB
  • Samsung XP941 512GB
  • Toshiba OCZ RD400 512GB
  • Western Digital Black PCIe 512GB

Software:

  • Atto Disk Benchmark.
  • CrystalMark 3.0.3.
  • AS SSD.
  • IOMeter.
  • Futuremark PC Mark 8

All our results are achieved by running each test five times with every configuration to ensure that any anomalies are removed from the results. TRIM is confirmed as running by typing ‘fsutil behavior query disabledeletenotify’ into the command line. A response of ‘disabledeletenotify =0’ confirms TRIM is active.

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