Over the past few years Kingston has delegated their high-performance products to their HyperX brand. This includes memory, solid state drives, and gaming products. It is no surprised that Kingston launched their first PCI-Express solid state drive under that brand. The HyperX Predator was released over two years and now Kingston has the KC1000 under the main Kingston brand. This is to appeal to more mainstream customers, but this drive still packs in a punch with advertised sequential read and write speeds of 2700 MB/s and 1600 MB/s respectively. Kingston powers this drive with the Phison PS5007-E7 controller and Toshiba 15nm MLC NAND. Let’s see what this drive can do!
We received the M.2-only version of the drive. It does come in a version with a HHL adapter, but many do not need that as most new motherboards come with at least 1 M.2 slot. The M.2 version of the drive comes in a small box with a picture of the drive on the front.
Flipping over to the back we have information on the drive and the warranty. There is also a graph showing the difference speeds of the drive based on capacity. The 240GB drive has slightly slower read speeds at only 900 MB/s.
Getting everything out of the drive we have the KC1000 M.2 drive, Acronis True Image HD software activation key, and a getting started guide.