Kingston Announces SSDNow KC400 Series

by MAC     |     January 8, 2016

Kingston have announced the new SSDNow KC400 solid state drives, targeting professional and enterprise clients who need reliability and durability.

The SATA-based KC400 series is built on the standard 2.5" form factor, and will feature four models ranging in capacity from 128GB to 1TB. Optimized for enterprise client workloads, the KC400 claims peak sequential transfer rates of up to 550MB/s read and 530MB/s write, depending on capacity.

At the heart of the KC400 series is an eight-channel Phison PS3110-S10 quad-core controller. This is not a brand new controller, we first saw it on the very impressive Corsair Neutron XT, but it remains a top-tier SATA controller. While it is more than capable of delivering the level of performance that what we expect for a high-end SATA 6Gb/s SSD, what's most important about this new model are its abundant data protection and data reliability features.

It features end-to-end data path protection to prevent against bit errors along the whole data path, SmartECC ECC to fix any data errors at the NAND level, and SmartRefresh to protect against read errors by refreshing blocks and thus improving data retention. There is also SmartFlush technology that attempts to preserve data integrity when there's an unexpected loss of power during SSD operation. This is firmware-controlled power loss management though, so it is not as good as having power-loss capacitors on the actual PCB.

As on most models, Kingston offers its SSD Manager utility in order to monitor heath status and disk usage, and should you have any problems with your SSD, the KC400 is backed by a five-year warranty.

Full Press Release:

Fountain Valley, CA – January 6, 2016 – Kingston Digital, Inc., the Flash memory affiliate of Kingston Technology Company, Inc., the independent world leader in memory products, today announced KC400 solid-state drive, the newest addition to its SSDNow family. Designed for enterprise client workloads, KC400 SSD is 15-times faster* than a hard-disk drive delivering consistent performance for both compressible and incompressible data, and improved responsiveness in performance-hungry applications.

KC400 SSD provides end-to-end data path protection and SmartECC™ to guard data plus SmartRefresh™ to protect against read errors. Data is rebuilt if there’s an error, and the drive is able to recover from an unexpected power shutdown, via firmware-controlled power loss management. The drive provides excellent data reliability due to the highly advanced Phison PS3110-S10 eight-channel controller and quad-core processor. KC400 is available in 128GB, 256GB, 512GB and 1TB capacities 2.

“Our latest drive is designed to help business and power users speed up daily tasks and improve productivity,” said Ariel Perez, SSD business manager, Kingston. “Corporate customers should have full confidence in deploying the high-performance KC400 SSD in the workplace with all of the safeguards in place to combat unforeseen data loss.”

To further help companies and organizations out, Kingston offers industry-leading sales support through its Ask an Expert program. It also offers the Kingston SSD Manager, a free, downloadable toolbox to monitor drive health, status and disk usage.

KC400 SSD is backed by a limited five-year warranty 1, free technical support and legendary Kingston reliability. For more information, visit our website.

KC400 SSD Features & Specifications:

· Form factor: 2.5″

· Interface: SATA Rev. 3.0 (6Gb/s) – with backwards compatibility to SATA Rev. 2.0 (3Gb/s)

· Capacities2: 128GB, 256GB, 512GB and 1TB

· Controller: Phison PS3110-S10

· Sequential Read/Write 3: SATA Rev. 3.0

o 128GB – up to: 550/450MB/s

o 256GB – up to: 550/540MB/s

o 512GB – up to: 550/530MB/s

o 1TB – up to: 550/530MB/s

· Maximum 4k Read/Write 3:

o 128GB – up to 99,000/87,000 IOPS

o 256GB – up to 99,000/88,000 IOPS

o 512GB – up to 99,000/86,000 IOPS

o 1TB – up to 99,000/89,000 IOPS

· Random 4k Read/Write 3:

o 128GB – up to 88,000/87,000 IOPS

o 256GB – up to 88,000/89,000 IOPS

o 512GB – up to 86,000/88,000 IOPS

o 1TB – up to 86,000/89,000 IOPS

· PCMARK® Vantage HDD Suite Score: 84,000

· Enterprise S.M.A.R.T. Tools: reliability tracking, usage statistics, life remaining, wear leveling, temperature

· Total Bytes Written (TBW) 4:

o 128GB − 150TB 0.65 DWPD5

o 256GB − 300TB 0.65 DWPD5

o 512GB − 800TB 0.87 DWPD5

o 1TB − 1600TB 0.89 DWPD5

· Power Consumption: 0.255 W Idle / 0.335 W Avg. / 1.22 W (MAX) Read / 3.74 W (MAX) Write

· Storage temperature: -40°C ~ 85°C

· Operating temperature: 0°C ~ 70°C

· Dimensions: 69.9mm x 100.1mm x 7.0mm

· Weight: 60g

· Vibration operating: 2.17G Peak (7–800Hz)

· Vibration non-operating: 20G Peak (10–2000Hz)

· MTBF: 1 million hours

· Warranty/support: Limited 5-year warranty with free technical support 1

* The KC400 is 15x faster than a hard-disk drive when compared using the PCMark Vantage Bandwidth Performance Test running on an Asus Z87 Maximus 6 Extreme motherboard.

1 Limited warranty based on 5 years or SSD “Life Remaining,” which can be found using the Kingston SSD Manager (kingston.com/SSDManager).

2 Some of the listed capacity on a Flash storage device is used for formatting and other functions and thus is not available for data storage. As such, the actual available capacity for data storage is less than what is listed on the products. For more information, go to Kingston’s Flash memory Guide at kingston.com/flashguide.

3 Based on “out-of-box performance” using a SATA Rev. 3.0 motherboard. Speed may vary due to host hardware, software, and usage. IOMETER Random 4k Random Read/Write is based on 8GB partition.

4 Total Bytes Written (TBW) is derived from the JEDEC Client Workload (JESD219A).

5 Drive Writes Per Day (DWPD)


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