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Kingston DC1000B 480GB SSD Review

The DC1000B ships in a blister pack with the drive’s capacity clearly labelled on the front while the rear has multilingual marketing and warranty notes on it.

The DC1000B is built on a dual-sided M.2 2280 format with components on both sides of the PCB.

Under the product sticker sit two packages of 64-layer 3D TLC NAND, the Phison PS5012-E12 PCIe Gen3 x4 NVMe 8 channel controller and a DRAM cache IC. Also present are a row of four PLP (Power Loss Protection) modules.

The other side of the PCB has two more NAND packages, another cache IC and three more power protection modules. Although PLP is common on longer enterprise M.2 drives, it’s a rare thing to see on a 2280 format drive.

Kingston’s SSD management software utility is simply called SSD Manager. With it, you can monitor the health of the drive and how it’s being used, check the drive’s SMART data (including reliability tracking, usage statistics, life remaining, wear levelling and temperature) and update the firmware.

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