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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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    Xbox One S Will Upscale All Games To 4K Resolution

     Darius Sims July 11, 2016

     

    Microsoft has announced that all games that have been released for Xbox One will be upscaled to 4K resolution on the Xbox One S. Director of Program Management at Xbox, Mike Ybarra, confirmed the news on via Twitter.

     

    On top of supporting 4K resolution, the Xbox One S will also have HDR support. This will allow for richer depth of color on televisions and monitors that support it. Not all games will have this support however. As of right now, Gears of War 4, Forza Horizon 3, and Scalebound have been confirmed to have HDR support.

     

    Microsoft announced the Xbox One S at this year’s E3. It was confirmed then that the console would support 4K resolution and that the console would have a sleeker design than the original Xbox One. Along with the Xbox One S, Microsoft also announced Project Scorpio. Scorpio is Microsoft’s upgraded version of the Xbox One and will support all Xbox One games and accessories. The company states that Scorpio will be “the most powerful console ever.”

     

    The Xbox One S is set to release sometime in August of this year. There will be three different versions available: the 500GB version for $299, a 1TB model for $349, and a 2TB model for $399.


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