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Kingston KC1000 NVMe PCIe SSD 960GB Review

It is somewhat of a surprise to find that the fastest Kingston drive we have tested to date doesn’t come from the companies high performance HyperX line. The KC1000 is listed under the company’s Consumer, Business and System Builder segments. This does make me wonder what might be on its way from the HyperX side of the business.

The KC1000 is a very quick drive – Kingston officially quote sequential read/write figures for the 960GB version of up to 2,700MB/s and 1,600MB/s respectively. Unusually for official company figures these appear to be rather conservative, especially the write performance. Using the ATTO benchmark we got a read score of 2,989MB/s and a write score of 2,314MB/s.

Random 4K read performance is quoted at up 190,000 IOPS, and again we sailed passed this with a score of 210,045 IOPS. That said the tested 4K random write performance of 155,216 IOPS was short of the official 165,000 IOPS number.

We like the idea of offering the drive in two formats. A M.2 2280 drive if your motherboard has a x4 PCIe M.2 slot or having the drive mounted in PCIe card for those people who have a motherboard a couple of generations older than the current ones with no M.2 slot.

The drives endurance is stated at 1PB TDW or 0.58 DWPD (Drive Writes Per Day) of the 5 year warranty.

We found the 960GB HHHL version of the KC1000 available to preorder at Overclockers UK for £489.95 (inc VAT) HERE

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  • Overall performance.
  • Choice of formats for the drive.
  • Acronis True HD download voucher.
  • Endurance.


  • 4K performance is a bit disappointing.

Kitguru says: Kingston’s KC1000 NVMe SSD is the fastest Kingston drive we have tested to date. It combines fast performance and a large capacity with very strong all round endurance.

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Rating: 8.5.

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