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Kingston announces affordable, super-fast NVMe SSDs

Kingston A1000 SSD

Kingston has announced its first entry-level M.2 NVMe solid-state drives, which promise twice the performance of a SATA drive while being just as affordable.

Based upon 3D NAND technology, the new Kingston A1000 supports sequential read and write speeds of up to 1,500MB/s and 1,000MB/s, respectively. Additionally, these SSDs will come in 240GB, 480GB and 960GB capacities, with the largest drives offering the fastest data transfer speeds.

Although Kingston’s new entry-level PCIe NVMe SSD offers a 4-channel Phison 5008 controller and 3D NAND Flash to help it push it to double (or even triple) the speeds of a traditional SATA solid state hard drive, it’s ultimately held back by a Gen 3.0 x2 interface that can only serve up half the bandwidth of higher-end units.

The Kingston A1000 is available now from the company’s own site with 240GB drives retailing for $119 (about £85, AU$155), 480GB for $218 (about £155, AU$280) and 960GB for $403 (about £680, AU$520).

So far it seems like a better slightly better bargain than the Samsung 860 Evo, but the Adata XPG Gamix S11 announced just yesterday might be an even better deal.

Kevin Lee

Kevin Lee is the Hardware and Roundups Editor at IGN Entertainment. Prior to IGN Entertainment, he worked at TechRadar.