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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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    Nintendo switch is Nintendo's make-or-break

    The historic game company has always marched to the beat of its own drum, and that iconoclastic attitude has long served it well, from the DS and 3DS to the Wii. And while Nintendo continues to sit on a Scrooge McDuck-like silo filled with metaphorical gold, the pile isn’t quite as high as it once was. The Wii fell off a cliff after its incredible run out of the gate. In recent years, the Wii U has struggled in all respects, and the company is no longer immune to market forces.

     

    The Wii U’s failings have been well-documented. Third-party support is nearly non-existent, and while the console does have some great first party games, we’ve had far fewer of them than we’re used to on a major Nintendo platform. No Metroid, no Zelda, and just one entry each for Mario, Smash, and Mario Kart. Meanwhile, the 3DS has been highly successful, though its once-impenetrable beachhead of market dominance has been eroded by smartphones, which continue to progress in power, ubiquity, and affordability.

     

     

     

     

    And though the future of Nintendo’s portable-only business has yet to be determined, for now the Switch seems to be the Big N’s one-stop shop for both its living room and portable markets. In essence, it’s putting all of its eggs in a single Switch basket. Perhaps that’s why Nintendo wasted no time and immediately showcased three of its biggest guns for Switch: Zelda, a new and seemingly mainline 3D Mario, and Mario Kart. That’s in addition to more adult-skewing third-party franchises like Skyrim and NBA 2K.

     

    Though rumors about Switch’s specs suggest that it will again leave Nintendo with the least-powerful console on the market, those same rumors also put it approximately on-par with the Xbox One and PlayStation 4. If that holds true, it gives Nintendo a much better chance of having a consistent level of third-party support for at least a few years, given Sony and Microsoft’s respective pledges to continue supporting their 2013 consoles for the foreseeable future.

     

    The Nintendo Switch could be one of the most revolutionary consoles ever released. At its core it's a hybrid between a traditional console and a handheld, meaning that you can use it while out and about like you would a Nintendo 3DS or a PS Vita and then 'dock' it while in your home to play games on the big screen.

     

    This means you'll easily be able to seamlessly continue your gaming when you leave the house, and should also make it much easier to play in person with friends. 

    Everything we officially know about the console so far has come from its announcement trailer which you can watch below. 

     

     

     


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