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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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    Battlefield Hardline: Robbery Expansion Announced

    After getting organized in Battlefield™ Hardline: Criminal Activity, the top gangs are drawing up plans, stockpiling gear, and risking it all to pull off the boldest, craziest heists ever in Battlefield Hardline: Robbery, the second expansion pack for Battlefield Hardline.

    The theme of this pack is the Big Score: how to steal it, or how to stop it. The new maps and game mode in Battlefield Hardline: Robbery are designed to let criminal teams plan and execute the perfect heist; or, for law enforcement, to get the crooks in cuffs before they can pull it off.

    Whether it’s boosting jewels, double-crossing an international smuggling ring, or extracting a high-value piece of intel from a precinct locker room, teams on both sides of the law will have to pull together to make (or break) these epic heists.

    Here’s what’s on deck in Battlefield™ Hardline: Robbery...

    • Four expansive maps: The Docks, Break Pointe, Museum, and Precinct 7
    • New 5v5 game mode: Squad Heist
    • 4 new weapons
    • 2 new gadgets
    • 2 new factional vehicles and new vehicle upgrades
    • New camos and vehicle paints
    • The Legendary Super Feature**

    We also want to talk a bit about Squad Heist, the new game mode coming in Battlefield Hardline: Robbery. Squad Heist feels refreshing and familiar. Built as an homage to the beloved Squad Rush in Battlefield 3, this mode combines the combat of Battlefield with the intimate fantasy of a classic heist.

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    The mode has three distinct stages:

    • Criminals take a Drill, break into Vault 1, and grab the Loot from the vault.
    • Criminals take a Drill, break into Vault 2, and grab the Loot from the vault.
    • Criminals run to an escape location, call a helicopter, and get the loot to safety.

    Obviously, this will all be themed to the map. You might have to take the Glass Cutter (Drill) and steal the Blue Diamond (Loot) from the Display Case (Vault) – but the basic idea stays the same. At each stage, criminals get 25 deploy tickets. If those tickets are all lost, the cops win the match.

    Squad Heist was a blast to develop, and we think it goes well with the new gadgets, weapons, and maps in Battlefield™ Hardline: Robbery. Playing it every day, it really feels like we’ve found something special. We hope you agree and join us on the Battlefield!

    Battlefield™ Hardline: Robbery is available for Early Access for Battlefield Hardline Premium members in September 2015.

    **Battlefield Hardline Super Features are available both with Battlefield Hardline Premium, and as part of the individual Expansion Packs they're released with.

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