Unlike many other companies that deliver their data centre/enterprise drives in plain vanilla boxes, Kingston ships its drives in blister packs. The DC1000M’s blister pack has the drive’s capacity clearly labelled on the front along with which market segment (s) the drive is aimed at, while the rear has multilingual marketing and warranty notes on it.
The drive is built on a 2.5in 15mm format and comes with a metal enclosure. At the heart of the DC1000M lies a Silicon Motion SM2270 16-channel controller which is combined with Kioxia BiCS3 64-layer 3D TLC NAND. The Silicon Motion SM2270 is a high-performance PCIe NVMe controller designed for data centre drives. The 16 channel controller features triple ARM Cortex R5 Dual-core CPUs and has a PCIe Gen3 x8 host interface and dual 32 bit DRAM data bus.
The controller supports 3D NAND and QLC NAND Flash technologies and features end-to-end data path protection, Error Correction Code and Silicon Motion’s 6th generation NANDXtend technology for error recovery.
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.