Kingston Technologies has announced that it has a new super-speed PCIe 4.0 NVMe SSD, codenamed the KC3000. The major news here is that this drive has impressive read and write speeds of 7,000MB/s and is available in capacities up to 4TB. The drive also features a low-profile graphene aluminum heat spreader, which helps keep it cool in operation.
Peel off that heat spreader, and you’ll find a Phison E18 controller with 3D TLC NAND. We’ve seen such a pairing before in the Sabrent Rocket 4 Plus, which managed some impressive performance figures at a great price point.
We don’t have word on Kingston’s pricing for its latest SSD just yet, but it will be entering the marketplace a bust, and will need something to stand out from the crowd. There are plenty of quality PCIe 4.0 SSDs out there right now.
A total of four models will be available upon release, with single-sided 512GB and 1024GB drives measuring 2.21mm thick, while the 2048GB and 4096GB models will be 3.5mm thick. This difference also reflects how many channels the Phison E18 controller has populated, fineness and throughput.
The two larger-capacity drives have the highest write throughput, managing the aforementioned 7,000MB/s, while the 1024GB model sits at 6,000MB/s and the 512GB model comes in at the lower 3,900MB/s. Although they all promise read performance of 7,000MB/s. Also supports large drives for random 4K read/write reads and writes at 1,000,000 IOPs.
The Kingston KC3000 will be available on October 25.