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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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    Early access to iOS software

    If you can't wait to get your hands on all of Apple's next-generation iOS features, you can sign up to become a beta tester.

    The Apple Beta Software Program lets you try out pre-release software and give feedback, which Apple can use to improve the software's quality, find issues and fix them. As a member, you can enroll your Mac or iOS device and every time a public beta is released, as well as subsequent updates, you'll be able to access them from the Mac App Store or via iOS Software Update.

    The Apple Beta Software Program is open to anyone with a valid Apple ID who accepts the Apple Beta Software Program Agreement during the sign-up process. If you've ever downloaded an app or music track, you'll have an Apple ID. If you don't have an Apple ID, you can create one via the App Store. The program is free to join.

     

    To get started on the Program, set up an Apple ID if you don't already have one, and go to beta.apple.com.

    Click Sign up and enter your Apple ID and password. Sign in.

    Once you've signed in, both the MacOS and iOS public betas come with a built-in Feedback Assistant app. This is found on the second page of the Home screen on an iOS device or from the Dock on a Mac.

    The Feedback Assistant app is also available from the help menu of any app by choosing 'Send Feedback’. If you find an issue or something doesn't work you can send your feedback directly to Apple with Feedback Assistant.

     

    Membership does come with a couple of caveats, however. The public beta software may "contain errors or inaccuracies and may not function as well as commercially released software," explains Apple. Apple also added that the public beta software contains confidential information.

     

    "Don’t install the public beta software on any systems you don't directly control or that you share with others. Don’t blog, post screen shots, tweet, or publicly post information about the public beta software, and don't discuss the public beta software with or demonstrate it to others who are not in the Apple Beta Software Program," Apple stresses.

    If you want to restore to a previous version of macOS or iOS you restore your device from the backup you created before installing the public beta. You can also leave the program at any time via Apple's Unenroll page. This will take you through the steps needed to disconnect your Apple ID.

     

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    Oh seriously? I never knew that you could actually sign up to be a beta tester. I'll do that now. :)

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