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Kingston UV500 960GB SSD Review

The basic 960GB UV500 comes in a blister pack with the drives capacity clearly labelled on the front while the rear has multilingual marketing and warranty notes on it.

The UV500 is built on a standard 2.5in, 7mm format using a well-constructed metal enclosure. The enclosure uses four Pin Torx security screws which in the case of our review drive were fixed in place very tightly. Try as we might we couldn’t shift them so we couldn’t take our usual PCB photos.


Kingston’s SSD management software goes under the name of SSD Manager. It might not be as comprehensive as some of its competitors but it does display Partitioning details, an overview of S.M.A.R.T details, SSD health and drive temperature along the bottom of the page so it’s fairly straightforward to see what’s going on at a glance.

The utility also supports firmware updates and for the UV500 there is a security page where secure drive erases can be performed and the drives current TCG status can be checked.

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