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Kingston launches KC600 series for users still stuck on 2.5-inch SATA SSDs

Kingston launches KC600 series for users still stuck on 2.5-inch SATA SSDs (Image source: Amazon.com)
Kingston launches KC600 series for users still stuck on 2.5-inch SATA SSDs (Image source: Amazon.com)
The 3D TLC 2.5-inch SSDs will range from 256 GB up to 2 TB with AES-XTS 256-bit hardware encryption, TCG Opal 2.0, eDrive, and optional desktop installation bracket kits. The 256/512 GB capacities are now shipping while the 1/2 TB SKUs will come at a later date.

Kingston has just announced the KC600 series of 2.5-inch SSDs to replace the last generation KC400 series. The new model will come with an updated SM2259 controller and XTS-AES 256-bit encryption compared to the Phison 3110 controller on the KC400.

The SATA III interface remains the same meaning that sequential read and write rates will continue to be 500 MB/s to 550 MB/s each maximum depending on storage capacity. While we're sure most OEMs would love to move on to NVMe PCIe SSDs and leave SATA III behind, Kingston says corporations and enterprises have been much slower to adopt the faster PCIe standard and so the demand for traditional SATA III drives is still strong. SK Hynix, for example, recently launched the affordable S31 Gold series of 2.5-inch SATA III SSDs.

The Kingston KC600 is now shipping in 256 GB and 512 GB capacities with 1 TB and 2 TB options arriving "soon". A 5-year limited warranty comes standard across the entire lineup. Their small 7 mm-thick form factor will allow them to fit inside laptops with 2.5-inch bays or be expanded onto desktops with the appropriate bracket.

KC600 Features and Specifications:

•  Form Factor: 2.5-inch
•  Interface: SATA Rev. 3.0 (6Gb/s) – with backwards capability to SATA Rev 2.0 (3Gb/s)
•  Capacities: 256GB, 512GB, 1024GB, 2048GB 

•  Controller: SMI SM2259 
•  NAND:  3D TLC 
•  Encrypted: AES-XTS 256-bit encryption 
•  Sequential Read/Write:  
o  256GB — up to 550/500MB/s 
o  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 million hours MTBF 
•  Warranty/support: Limited 5-year warranty with free technical support 
•  Total Bytes Written (TBW ): 
o  256GB — 150TB 
o  512GB — 300TB 
o  1024GB — 600TB 
o  2048GB — 1200TB 

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Fountain Valley, CA – October 21, 2019 –  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 KC600 SATA SSD. Designed for use in desktop and 

notebook workloads, KC600 is a full-capacity SSD that provides remarkable performance. It 

comes in a 2.5″ form factor using the SATA Rev 3.0 interface with backwards compatibility. 

KC600 is optimized for functional system responsiveness with incredible boot, loading 

and transfer times. It supports a full-security suite that includes AES-XTS 256-bit hardware-

based encryption, TCG Opal 2.0 and eDrive, allowing users to protect and secure their data. 

KC600 will be available in capacities up to 2TB 1  utilizing the latest 3D TLC NAND technology 

and has read/write speeds up to 550/520MB/s 2 , respectively. It is offered as both a stand-alone 

SSD or as a bundle kit which provides everything needed for an easy desktop or notebook 

upgrade installation. 

 “Kingston is excited to release our latest 2.5″ SATA SSD with 3D TLC NAND. With 

full capacities up to 2TB, self-encryption and its impressive speeds, KC600 has exactly what 

consumers and corporate customers are looking for when they’re ready to upgrade their existing systems,” said Justin Karasek, SSD business manager, Kingston. “Our optional bundle kit that 

includes an enclosure, cloning software and cables makes it easy for customers to install our new 

drive.” 

KC600 is currently available in 256GB and 512GB capacities, with 1024GB and 2048GB 

shipping soon. KC600 is backed by a limited five-year warranty, free technical support and 

legendary Kingston reliability. For more information visit www.kingston.com. 

KC600 Features and Specifications: 

•  Form Factor: 2.5″ 

•  Interface: SATA Rev. 3.0 (6Gb/s) – with backwards capability to SATA Rev 2.0 

(3Gb/s) 

•  Capacities 1 : 256GB, 512GB, 1024GB, 2048GB 

•  Controller: SMI SM2259 

•  NAND:  3D TLC 

•  Encrypted: AES-XTS 256-bit encryption 

•  Sequential Read/Write 2 :  

o  256GB — up to 550/500MB/s 

o  512GB–2048GB — up to 550/520MB/s 

•  Maximum 4K Read/Write 2 : 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 million hours MTBF 

•  Warranty/support 3 : Limited 5-year warranty with free technical support 

•  Total Bytes Written (TBW )4 : 

o  256GB — 150TB 

o  512GB — 300TB 

o  1024GB — 600TB 

o  2048GB — 1200TB 

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Allen Ngo, 2019-10-21 (Update: 2019-10-17)
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After graduating with a B.S. in environmental hydrodynamics from the University of California, I studied reactor physics to become licensed by the U.S. NRC to operate nuclear reactors. There's a striking level of appreciation you gain for everyday consumer electronics after working with modern nuclear reactivity systems astonishingly powered by computers from the 80s. When I'm not managing day-to-day activities and US review articles on Notebookcheck, you can catch me following the eSports scene and the latest gaming news.