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Kingston's First NVMe SSD, The KC1000

Kingston has reintroduced the KC1000 NVMe SSD. We first saw the drive in January at CES, but the company wanted to hold the details until the official launch. Seemingly, that is in the very near future--mid June.
The KC series has historically targeted system builders and corporations upgrading systems en masse. Kingston released several client SSDs under the KC brand, and many of them were tuned for increased stability and longevity but share similar hardware with models from the standard consumer product line. The KC1000 press release seems to turn the tables and take this series in a slightly different direction.
 
"The demands of today’s performance power users are constantly being put to the test as new data-intensive applications push the boundaries of what can be achieved with even the market’s high performance professional workstations and most powerful gaming rigs,” said Ariel Perez, SSD business manager, Kingston. “KC1000 is the perfect solution to meet the needs of media and design professionals, gaming enthusiasts and anyone who needs ultra-low latency storage performance to end data bottlenecks. This native NVMe device offers one of the industry’s most powerful storage solutions for high-resolution content delivery, virtual reality applications, accelerated game play or a competitive edge for the creative professional on tight deadlines.”
 
Gamers, power users, and enthusiasts have always been directed to the HyperX brand, but in recent years that series shifted to target gamers exclusively. Kingston calls the KC1000 an "Ultimate Storage Upgrade for HD Video, PC Enthusiasts, Gaming and More." The release later identified a list of specific application categories the series will perform well in:
 
High-resolution video editing Virtual and augmented reality applications CAD software applications Streaming media Graphically intensive video games Data visualization Real-time analytics  
It seems the KC series may begin to target a wider audience with the introduction of the first Kingston NVMe SSD.
 
 
The KC1000 series ships in three capacity sizes, but there are a total of six product SKUs. For each capacity, the drives ships as either a bare drive or with a half-height, half-length (HHHL) add-in card adapter. The performance coming from the Phision PS5007-E7 controller paired with Toshiba 15nm planar NAND looks strong. The sequential read performance reaches 2,700 MB/s, and the sequential writes are 900 MB/s for the 240GB model and 1,600 MB/s for the two largest-capacity drives. Random performance is also impressive, with up to 290,000 IOPS (225,000 for the 240GB). Users can reach up to 190,000 random write IOPS.
 
Kingston backs the KC1000 series with a generous five-year limited warranty with ample endurance figures that reach as high as 1PB for the 960GB drive.
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    Arkham Knight DLC Brings Dark Knight Tumbler and AR Missions

    Despite one of the rockiest PC launches in recent memories, Batman: Arkham Knight launched to pretty fantastic sales and reviews. Some gamers didn’t fall in love with the new Batmobile mechanic, but as a whole, the game’s engrossing story and airtight combat system made it another fantastic installment in the Rocksteady Batman franchise. Before all of the hype dies down, the developers plan to make some extra money on DLC packs.

    The first Arkham Knight DLC packs have already been released and players have been able to explore Batgirl’s history with the exciting flashback campaign in A Matter of Family. This week’s DLC also released the 1989 skin for Batman and the Batmobile. Upcoming DLC packs will continue the trend of offering packages that combine aesthetic additions and new gameplay, but also allow players the chance to buy each piece of content a la carte.

    The DLC content for September has been confirmed and includes yet another movie inspired skin for the controversial vehicle. The new skin is a tribute to the tumbler that became famous in Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight trilogy. In addition to the tank skin, September will also feature the arrival of new AR missions to challenge players.

    Here is a breakdown of what we know so far:

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    • Crime Fighter Challenge Pack #1 (Sept. 1): Receive 6 AR challenges for Batman, Nightwing, Robin and Catwoman. This expansive challenge pack allows focused training in Freeflow Combat and Invisible Predator stealth incursion.
    • GCPD Lockdown (Later in Sept.): Set after the events of Arkham Knight, play as Nightwing to stop the Penguin from breaking out of the Gotham City Police Department in this thrilling story pack.
    • 2008 Tumbler Batmobile Pack (Later in Sept.): Inspired by the 2008 movie The Dark Knight, intimidate your foes with the Tumbler Batmobile and race through two themed tracks.
    • Original Arkham Batman Skin (Later in Sept.): Fight the war against Gotham City with the original Arkham Asylum Batman costume.

    When a AAA game puts all the focus on the campaign, rather than jamming in a multiplayer mode, it’s important to provide plenty of content to keep players engaged for months after the initial launch. Batman: Arkham Knight had a serious budget, but with the help of game and DLC season pack sales, the company is already making a killing on the final installment in the franchise. Although there were definitely some losses thanks to the refunds issued after PC sales, the game is still a financial success overall.

    We’re interested to see how many fans are still willing to spend money on the game come September, but it won’t be surprising if plenty of players use the new content as an excuse to revisit the title. Until Rocksteady officially announces what superhero property it will tackle next, fans will likely be happy to live in Gotham as long as there are new challenges to keep them busy.

    What do you think of the September content? Is it enough to make you revisit the game? Let us know in the comments.

    Batman: Arkham Knight is currently available for purchase on PS4 and Xbox One. Sales of the PC version have been suspended until further notice.

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