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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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    Payday owner Starbreeze to open VR arcade

    This morning in I’m-not-sure-what-to-make-of-this: Payday 2 owners Starbreeze Studios is to open a VR arcade based on its own StarVR headsets a StarCade, as the team is calling it. The StarCade will open in Los Angeles at some point in spring or summer with the aim of making high-end VR accessible to all, and presumably garner some hype for their swanky tech and Overkill’s The Walking Dead, which will be the star attraction (geddit?).

     

    “We continue to iterate the fact that VR really needs to be experienced in person to fully be able to appreciate the phenomenon,” CTO Emmanuel Marquez says. “We will invite developers to join us and give them the opportunity to put their content in our StarCade. We as an industry continuously need to educate ourselves to make VR truly successful, and this is just the first step in our planning to do so.”

     

    He’s not wrong on that first point: VR does need to be seen to be believed, and a traditional arcade set-up might be just the thing to get people onboard with new and expensive hardware.

     

    Starbreeze’s acquisition of InfinitEye and its HMD last June came as a surprise given its traditional software focus , but StarVR does have some standout features, chiefly a 210-degree field of view through 5.5-inch panels running at a hopefully not eye-watering 5120×1440 resolution. It could be the 21st-century equivalent of a light gun and a 50-inch CRT in a cabinet.

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