With revenue in the multi-billion-dollars range, Kingston is the largest DRAM and flash memory products vendor in the world. While their strongest suit is in memory modules and USB/flash card storage, they are also a major player in the SSD market.
The Kingston A1000 SSD uses the M.2 form factor with a PCI-Express x2 3.0 interface (which is half that of high-end M.2 SSDs). As the controller, a Phison PS5008 four-channel controller is used, which is paired with BiCS 3D TLC flash from Toshiba.
Positioned as an entry-level/value NVMe drive, the A1000 promises to offer higher speed than 2.5″ or M.2 SATA drives without breaking the bank. For users demanding higher performance and MLC, the KC1000 is part of Kingston’s product stack.
The A1000 SSD is available in capacities of 240 GB, 480 GB, and 960 GB. This review covers the 480 GB version. Endurance is rated at 150 TB for the 240 GB model, 300 TB for 480 GB, and 600 TB for the 960 GB variant.
|Specifications: Kingston A1000 480 GB|
|Controller:||Phison PS5008 E8|
|Flash:||Toshiba, 15 nm 3D TLC
|Endurance:||300 TB total bytes written|
|Form Factor:||M.2 2280|
|Capacity:||480 GB (447.1 GB usable)
32 GB additional overprovisioning
|Interface:||PCIe Gen 3 x2, NVMe 1.2|
|Device ID:||KINGSTON SA1000M8480G|