Kingston KC600 2.5″ 1TB SATA SSD Review

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Kingston unveiled its new drive that is the largest capacity of its SATA III SSD lineup yet, and it also comes at a reasonable price. The Kingston KC600 may be the best option for anyone looking to migrate from an HDD into an SSD without breaking the bank. 

Here is everything you need to know about the KC600: what makes it tick, its performance and benchmarks, compatibility with OSes like Windows 10 and Linux, as well as more features like security options.

There are three versions of the KC600 available:  250 GB, 500 GB, and a 1TB model. The two smaller sizes are likely to be widely available at prices that won't break the bank. The 1TB version is the one we'll be taking a look at today, as it is significantly more expensive than other models of its size.

The Kingston KC600 2.5″ 1TB SATA SSD comes in an attractive black enclosure. It looks like any other 2.5″ drive with all the standard features you would expect on such an item. It has a SATA 3 power connector and a SATA data connector, though there are also two additional data connectors on the PCB. 

You don't see these often on consumer drives, with most using the more standard single data connectors. This allows for greater compatibility with older motherboards that may not be compatible with the newer high-speed SATA III standard. These connectors can be used for increased performance by connecting them to a SATA Express port or an M.2 port (both of which provide greater bandwidth).

Internally, the Kingston KC600 is based on out-of-box performance” using a SATA Rev 3.0 motherboard. It's a relatively new design, and it's still one of the most popular because of its low latency and high sequential read performance. 

This controller is better than older designs like SF-2282 or SF-2251 because it has a lower voltage limit and doesn't have to have a heat spreader; other than these two differences. The Kingston KC600 uses components from its previous generation.

But from an end-user point of view, there is little difference between the Kingston KC600 and any other SF-2281 drives on the market today( like the Kingston KC300). This allows for slightly higher performance; sequential read/write goes up to 528/520 MB/s and random read/write performance is 98,000/80,000 IOPS. 

The minimum transfer rates exceed what was previously possible on SandForce-based drives: Kingston claims that the KC600 2.5″ 1TB SSD is the fastest in the world, which is a bold claim indeed.

Other than that, it's got the same specifications as most SF-2281 drives: it's got a total of six NAND chips on board as well as synchronous DRAM (this is what allows the drive to sustain high speeds). It also has an SLC cache but if you're worried about endurance, Kingston hasn't provided any specific details.

The KC600  is easily accessible because its housing is held together by screws instead of normal clips. This allows for easy opening and closing of the housing, which provides quick access to the flash memory. You can Get The Kingston KC600 from Amazon.

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