Kingston KC600 1TB SATAIII SSD Upgrade Kit Review

Specifications and Closer Look

 

KC600 SSD Specifications

Form Factor 2.5″
Interface SATA Rev. 3.0 (6Gb/s) – with backwards capability to SATA Rev 2.0 (3Gb/s)
Capacities 256GB, 512GB, 1024GB, 2048GB
Controller SM2259
NAND 3D TLC
Encrypted XTS-AES 256-bit encryption
Sequential Read/Write 256GB — up to 550/500MB/s
512GB–2048GB — up to 550/520MB/s
Maximum 4K Read/Write up to 90,000/80,000 IOPS
Power Consumption 0.06W Idle / 0.2W Avg / 1.3W (MAX) Read / 3.2W (MAX) Write
Dimensions 100.1mm x 69.85mm x 7mm
Weight 40g
Operating temperature 0°C~70°C
Storage temperature -40°C~85°C
Vibration operating 2.17G Peak (7-800Hz)
Vibration non-operating 20G Peak (10-2000Hz)
Life expectancy 1 millions hours MTBF
Warranty/support Limited 5-year warranty with free technical support
Total Bytes Written (TBW) 256GB — 150TB
512GB — 300TB
1024GB — 600TB
2048GB — 1200TB

The KC600 is an inexpensive SSD but offers some features which are available in more expensive products like hardware encryption or higher endurance. Probably because of that, Kingston gives a 5-year warranty on this drive what we can almost only see in expensive SSD series.

We can’t forget about a pretty high performance considering it’s a SATA drive. Up to 90k IOPS and 550MB/s bandwidth are numbers that should satisfy most users.

Above is a screenshot from CrystalDiskInfo, which shows that our drive is in perfect condition, and we can start tests. However, before we present the performance, let’s take a look at the drive itself and the retail package.

 

Product Photos

The KC600 comes in quite a small box. Since it’s an upgrade kit, then inside, we will find some more than in a standard package. Besides the drive, there is a desktop and laptop installation kit with SATA power and data cables. There is also a USB enclosure, which can be really handy if we wish to migrate all the data.

The drive is mostly designed for all who wish to replace their old HDD with a new but not necessarily expensive SSD.

The KC600 is 7mm thick, so it fits into all new and old laptops. There is also an additional bracket if in a laptop computer is more space for 9.5mm thick drives.

There is nothing unusual about the drive itself that would be worth to mention. It looks typical and offers full compatibility with most computers, which is the most important.

An interesting addition is a USB enclosure, which can help us if we wish to carry our drive or use it as a backup. Some users can also clone the operating system to this drive before replacing it on a laptop. The enclosure itself works at USB 3.0 speed what is quite fast.

On the next page, we will show you how the KC600 performs.

 

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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.