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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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    Intel’s high-performance “Skull Canyon” mini PC coming in May

    Intel’s NUC line of computers are compact desktop PCs which typically have laptop-class processors. Now Intel is getting ready to launch its most powerful model to date.The Intel NUC6i7KYK code-named “Skull Canyon” is a tiny desktop with a 45 watt, quad-core Intel Core i7-6770HQ processor and Intel iris Pro 580 graphics.

    It’s coming in May for about $650 and up.

    The computer measures about 8.5″ x 4.6″ x 0.9″ which makes it about as wide and tall as a typical Intel NUC computer, but about twice as long. The extra space is put to good use though. In addition to the powerful processor, the system supports up to 32GB of 2133 MHz memory, has two M.2 slots for solid state storage, features 802.11ac WiFi and Bluetooth, Gigabit Ethernet, a headset jack, and a range of ports, including:

    • HDMI 2.0
    • Mini DisplayPort 1.2
    • Thunderbolt 3 with support for USB 3.1 and DisplayPort 1.2 over a USB-C connector
    • Four USB 3.0 ports
    • SD card reader
    • Headset jack
    • Infrared sensor


    This looks like one fast mini PC. I like the design. I think this would be a good PC for Steam OS, or Windows Mini-Gaming PC.

    I like the case design of this Mini-PC.

    It looks like Intel is spending more time on gaming, and releasing more PCs and console-sized computers which can play games at medium to high video quality settings.

    Many buyers who are buying new PCs and PC parts are Gamers who want a PC which is good for playing most of their favorite games.

    I think the buyers of average speed Intel and AMD desktops, and laptops which are only good for web browsing, office work, and watching video is becoming smaller. More people are using Google Chromebooks with mobile CPUs like the Nvidia Tegra K1 and Samsung Mobile ARM chips, older and cheaper Windows and Linux tablets and laptops, Tablets like iPad and Nvidia Shield tablet, and bigger screen smartphones.

    But, many people who play games like League of Legends, Dota 2, Crysis, Counter Strike, etc still are buying faster computers, and upgrades for their computer, so they can have more fun by playing games at faster frame rates, and better video quality settings like Medium-High, High, and Ultra High.


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