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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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    Kong: Skull Island Review

    In the final days of the Vietnam War, secretive organisation Monarch secures government funding to lead an expedition to a recently discovered island in search of new species. And they find them. Boy, do they find them.


    There’s a tale from the set of Kong: Skull Island that goes like this: faced with imagining the giant ape the audience would see standing in front of him, Samuel L. Jackson asked three questions. “How big is it? How fast is it? What it do?”


    What it does and how fast it is will be familiar to anyone who’s seen the beast on screen before. It wrestles similarly huge creatures, has a strained relationship with man (mostly man’s fault) and is far quicker than any human (so it’s best not to get caught at the back of a fleeing group). But that question of size? That’s where things have changed


    This is the second film in Legendary Entertainment’s MonsterVerse, following Gareth Edwards’ Godzilla, and the plan eventually is to have the two creatures face off. And 25 feet of ape (size taken from the Peter Jackson version, other heights are available) isn’t going to last long against 350 feet of nuclear-powered Japanese lizard, no matter how angry he is. As a result, while still noticeably smaller than Godzilla at 104 feet, this is the biggest Kong has ever been on screen. He’s also the best thing in this hit-and-miss adventure. Fur and sinew moving naturally, he feels tangible — as though he really is swatting helicopters out of the sky or taking a moment to admire the Southern Lights. He’s also got greater depth to his personality than most of the humans.


    john goodman tom hiddleston brie larson john c reilly skull island.jpg


    Close behind Kong are the rest of the creatures. Spiders, stick insects and squid (all giant varieties) call the island home, and are on hand to terrorise the new arrivals. But most frightening of all are the Skullcrawlers — giant, bipedal lizards who killed Kong’s family and, given the chance, would wipe out all human life on the island. Their skeletal heads may look like the Maitlands’ first pointy-faced attempts at being scary in Beetlejuice, but they’re no less effective once you’ve put that to the back of your mind. And when all these beasties are doing battle, that’s when the film flies.


    But we do have to address the humans. A fair number head out to Skull Island, with many of the faceless ones dying in the initial battle with Kong — he taking none too kindly to them dropping seismic charges (bombs, basically) on his home. Of the survivors, few make much impact. The leads are lumbered with dull characters introduced with leaden dialogue — Brie Larson’s photographer Mason Weaver is asked within moments of her first appearing, “Why do you want a gig documenting a mapping mission when you’re up for the cover of Time?” It’s about as subtle as the thud of a giant ape stamping on you.




    Perhaps it’s a coincidence, but it’s the two actors with a prominent middle initial who leave the biggest impression. (OK, it definitely is a coincidence.) John C. Reilly’s marooned World War II soldier adds much-needed levity, although he does feel like he’s in a different film to everyone else. So it’s left to Samuel L. Jackson — all bulging eyes and Ezekiel 25:17 intensity as vengeful Lieutenant Colonel Preston Packard — to keep the energy high when the monsters are elsewhere.



    Two films in to the MonsterVerse and it’s been a mixed start — both Godzilla and Kong: Skull Island fumbling the human characters, but nailing the kaiju. There’s potential, it’s just yet to be fully realised. Of the two, Kong is the more entertaining film, so we’re moving in the right direction. Next up: Godzilla: King Of Monsters in 2019. Lessons learned here, perhaps that can be the film that finally nails it.



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    I have seen this movie myself some month back, And I won't get into it but I will say this that I like the last 2005 moive. 

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