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Kingston Digital Announces UV500 Series Solid-state Drives


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Kingston Digital, Inc., the Flash memory affiliate of Kingston Technology Company, Inc., a world leader in memory products and technology solutions, today announced it is shipping the UV500 family line of SSD products. Available in multiple form factors, UV500 will be Kingston's first 3D NAND-enabled SSD featuring full-disk encryption. UV500 is powered by the Marvell 88SS1074 controller, and combined with 3D NAND Flash, delivers incredible read/write speeds of up to 520 MB/s and 500 MB/s, making it 10x faster than a 7200 RPM hard drive.

UV500 dramatically improves a system's overall responsiveness with incredible boot, loading and transfer times; and, with no moving parts is far less likely to fail compared to mechanical hard drives. UV500 protects sensitive data with 256-bit AES hardware-based encryption and supports TCG Opal 2.0. It is available in three different form factors (2.5", M.2 2280, mSATA) to accommodate any client system. UV500 is perfect as a boot drive or for primary storage as it is available in 120 GB, 240 GB, 480 GB, 960 GB and 1920 GB capacities.

"We are proud to bring the UV500 family of SSDs featuring self-encryption to market," said Ariel Perez, SSD business manager, Kingston. "The combination of a powerful controller, 3D NAND and data encryption in multiple form factors makes UV500 perfect for both consumers and enterprise users looking for a performance boost on existing systems."

UV500 is backed by a limited five-year warranty and legendary Kingston support.

UV500 Features and Specifications:
  • Form factor: 2.5"/M.2 2280/mSATA
  • Interface: SATA Rev. 3.0 (6Gb/s) - with backwards compatibility to SATA Rev. 2.0 (3Gb/s)
  • Capacities:
    o 2.5": 120GB, 240GB, 480GB, 960GB, 1920GB
    o M.2 2280: 120GB, 240GB, 480GB, 960GB
    o mSATA: 120GB, 240GB, 480GB
  • Controller: Marvell 88SS1074
  • NAND: 3D TLC
  • Baseline Performance:
  • Data Transfer (ATTO)
    o 120GB - up to 520/320MB/s
    o 240GB - up to 520/500MB/s
    o 480GB - up to 520/500MB/s
    o 960GB - up to 520/500MB/s
  • Maximum Random 4k Read/Write (IOMETER)
    o 120GB - up to 79,000/18,000 IOPS
    o 240GB - up to 79,000/25,000 IOPS
    o 480GB - up to 79,000/35,000 IOPS
    o 960GB - up to 79,000/45,000 IOPS
  • Power Consumption:
    o 0.195W Idle / 0.5W Avg / 1.17W (MAX) Read / 2.32 W (MAX) Write
  • Storage temperature: -40°C~85°C
  • Operating temperature: 0°C~70°C
  • Dimensions:
    o 100.1mm x 69.85mm x 7mm (2.5")
    o 80mm x 22mm x 3.5mm (M.2)
    o 50.8mm x 29.85mm x 4.85mm (mSATA)
  • Weight:
    o 120GB - 480GB - 41g (2.5")
    o 960GB - 57g (2.5")
    o 120GB - 6.6g (M.2)
    o 240GB - 6.7g (M.2)
    o 480GB - 7.7g (M.2)
    o 120GB - 6.2g (mSATA)
    o 240GB - 480GB - 6.7g (mSATA)
  • Vibration operating: 2.17G Peak (7-800Hz)
  • Vibration non-operating: 20G Peak (10-2000Hz)
  • Life expectancy: 1 million hours MTBF
  • Warranty/support: Limited 5-year warranty with free technical support
  • Total Bytes Written (TBW):
    o 120GB - 60TB
    o 240GB - 100TB
    o 480GB - 200TB
    o 960GB - 480TB

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Unimpressive at best - specs are worse than Samsung SSDs from 4 years ago, and the Marvell 88SS1074 controller is from 2014. The only new spec is 3D NAND, which everyone else has had for a while now. Kingston is still marketing their SSDs as "10 times faster than hard drives" and "no moving parts" - an advertising strategy that was out-dated 5 years ago. The low price is the only thing going for these, but it's still too high.