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Kingston DC500M 3.84TB SSD Review

Rating: 8.0.

The DC500M has been designed to meet the needs of mixed-use workload applications in data centres where the demand requires a balanced mix of read and write operations rather than the read centric workloads the R version of the DC500 has been designed to handle.

Kingston’s DC500M comes in four capacity options; 480GB, 960GB, 1.92TB and the 3.84TB flagship drive we are looking at here. At the heart of the DC500M is a Phison PS3112-S12DC 8-channel controller which looks after Intel 64-layer 3D TLC NAND.

Kingston quoted Sequential read/write performance across the range as is up to 555MB/s and 520MB/s respectively. Random 4K read performance is quoted as up to 98,000 IOPS for all four drives with write speeds for the four drives quoted as up to 58,000 IOPS for the 480GB drive, 70,000 IOPS for the 960GB drive and up to 75,000 IOPS for both the 1.92TB and 3.84TB drives.

Official power ratings for the drive are 1.56W idle, 1.8W for maximum reads and 4.86W for maximum writes. The endurance of the 3.84TB DC500M is quoted as 9110TBW (1.3 DWPD) and Kingston back the drive with a 5-year warranty.

Physical Specifications:
Usable Capacities: 3.84TB.
NAND Components: Intel 64-Layer 3D TLC NAND.
NAND Controller: Phison S12DC 8-channel.
Cache: Micron DDR4-2666.
Interface: Serial ATA (SATA) 6Gb/s (SATA III).
Form Factor: 2.5in, 7mm.
Dimensions: 69.9 x 100 x 7mm.
Drive Weight: 92.34g.

Firmware Version: SCEKJ2.3

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