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Kingston DC500R 3.84TB SSD Review

Rating: 8.0.

Kingston's latest DC500R SSD is a drive designed for read-centric workloads in data centres and features 64-layer 3D TLC NAND, an 8-channel controller and hardware based power protection.

The Kingston DC500R range consists of four capacities; 480GB, 960GB, 1.92TB and the flagship 3.84TB drive we are reviewing here. Quoted Sequential read performance across the range is up to 555MB/s. Sequential write performance for the entry-level 480GB drive is 500MB/s, both the 960GB and 1.92TB drives have a 525MB/s rating while the flagship 3.84TB drive is up to 520MB/s.

Random 4K read performance is quoted as up to 98,000 IOPS for all four drives. When it comes to random writes the 480GB drive is rated up to 12,000 IOPS, the 980GB drive up to 20,000 IOPS, while the 1.92TB and 3.84TB drives are rated at up to 24,000 IOPS and 28,000 IOPS respectively.

The drives use a combination of Phison's latest PS3112-S12DC 8-channel controller and 3D TLC NAND, and although the NAND carries Kingston branding, it's Intel 64-layer 3D TLC NAND.

Official power ratings for the drive are 1.56W idle, 1.8W for maximum reads and 7.5W for maximum writes. The endurance of the 3.84TB DC500R is quoted as 3504TBW (0.5 DWPD) and Kingston back the drive with a 5-year warranty.

Physical Specifications:
Usable Capacities: 3.84TB.
NAND Components: Intel 64-L 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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