Kingston A1000 480GB M.2 NVMe PCIe SSD Review

Recently we could see a premiere of the A1000 SSD from Kingston. It’s an entry-level SSD which is designed for all who wish to have high performance storage but don’t want to pay as much as for the highest SSD series. It’s also in M.2 form factor which is more popular in last months because of high speed but also because nearly all new motherboards support PCIe M.2 SSD and it really saves space in PC. Since it’s based on a PCIe 3.0 x2 then even those who are using AMD APU or other, lower series processors on cheaper motherboards with limited PCIe lanes can use fast SSD.

In this review we will show you what Kingston A1000 480GB SSD has to offer. As usual, we will start from specifications and key features.




A1000 SSD

Kingston’s A1000 solid-state drive is an entry-level PCIe NVMe™ solution. A1000’s single-sided M.2 22x80mm design’s ideal for notebooks and systems with limited space. Using a PCIe NVMe™ Gen 3.0 x2 interface, 4-channel Phison E8 controller, and 3D NAND Flash, it offers read/write speeds up to 1,500MB/s and 1,000MB/s1 in capacities from 240GB–960GB2. It’s twice as fast as a SATA-based SSD and 20X faster than a traditional hard drive, offering exceptional responsiveness and ultra-low latency. 

  • 20X faster than a 7200RPM hard drive
  • M.2 2280 Form Factor
  • Single-sided design
  • Multiple capacities up to 960GB


You can buy the Kingston A1000 480GB M.2 NVMe PCIe SSD for around USD $180 from Amazon –


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Bartosz Waluk aka Woomack is from Poland. He's been interested in computer hardware and extreme overclocking for over 15 years. Bartosz has also over 12 years experience in IT what includes sales, technical support and computer building ... but not only. He joined the Funky Kit team in January 2013.