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Kingston A1000 480 GB

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The Kingston A1000 is a cost-effective NVMe x2 drive priced at just $150 for the 480 GB variant. Using two PCI-Express lanes keeps cost down due to a cheaper controller and simpler PCB design. This makes the A1000 barely more expensive than a SATA SSD and has it offer higher performance.

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Thanks for the review!

I still question the need for a PCIe x2 interface M.2.

In real world applications is it really going to be any [noticeably] faster than a regular old SATA SSD like the Samsung 860 EVO 500GB, which is $25 cheaper and stays cool as a cucumber?

Just seemed to me like the whole point of getting a M.2 NVMe drive - was for the speed. The PCIe x4 speed. Just MHO though.
 
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This would save some power in notebooks, so it has a market if you want something power efficient, but with better performance than a SATA drive.
 

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This would save some power in notebooks, so it has a market if you want something power efficient, but with better performance than a SATA drive.
Oh that's a good point, turning off two lanes should reduce power slightly, I doubt it's a lot though
 
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Pity the capacity on these models tops out at 480GB. Where I live, they're actually cheaper than SATA M.2 drives.
 

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W1z, is an SX8200 drive review planned? the 480GB one can go for as low as 130 euros. The world needs to know...
 

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W1z, is an SX8200 drive review planned? the 480GB one can go for as low as 130 euros. The world needs to know...
Almost finished with the sx8200
 

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Don't think that Toshiba/WD's 3D TLC NAND is built on a 15nm node, quoting from an interview last year with WD : "He said 15nm 2D NAND was "extremely aggressive” lithography. "But when you go to 3D NAND, the pitches are pretty relaxed," he said. "It's not quite as aggressive as the 15nm.” "
They haven't said what specific lithography that their 3D NAND is built on though.
 
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Price seems reasonable plus they'd be excellent for raid-0. Good middle ground alternative to the Samsung EVO 970's. For about $100's you'd have about the same performance except double the capacity not to shabby perhaps if you wanted to idk throw on your entire steam library on it for example.
 
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