Kingston KC1000 960GB PCIe M.2 Solid State Drive Review

Kingston KC1000 Overview
As I mentioned we received the M.2 version of the drive, so as you can expect it is a very small drive. It is a 2280 drive, so it is 80 mm long, which will fit almost all motherboard as well as many laptops and similar devices. On the front there is a large sticker that has the KC1000 logo on it as well as all the relevant information like capacity, model number, etc.

Kingston KC1000 960GB PCIe M.2 Solid State Drive

If you flip the drive over you can see a handful of NAND chips as well as a Kingston cache chip. The NAND chips are Toshiba 15nm MLC (model: H58TFT0DFLBA8H).

Kingston KC1000 960GB PCIe M.2 Solid State Drive

Now if you noticed on the other side of the drive the sticker said if it is removed that will void our warranty, so we aren’t going to do that, but we can tell you that the drive is powered by the Phison PS5007-E7 controller. It is a very popular controller powering many of the PCIe M.2 solid state drives on the market.

Kingston does offer their own SSD Management software called Kingston SSD Manager. It gives you information on your drive, S.M.A.R.T details, SSD health, and allows you to update the firmware.

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