by Lyle Smith

Kingston Digital KC600 SSD Now Shipping

Kingston Digital has announced that it is now shipping the KC600, the newest addition to the company’s budget SSD line. Inexpensive but reliable, these new drives come in a 2.5″ form factor and use the SATA Rev 3.0 interface with backwards compatibility.

Though they aren’t a premium SSD, they are an ideal drive for those looking to upgrade their system (from an HDD) to improve overall system responsiveness, boot times, and transfer speed, or perhaps as supplemental space for PC games. Security-wise, it supports AES-XTS 256-bit hardware-based encryption, TCG Opal 2.0 and eDrive. Available in capacities up to 2TB, the KC600 uses the latest 3D TLC NAND technology and is quoted to reach read and write speeds up to 550MB/s and 520MB/s, respectively.

Kingston 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: SMI SM2259
  • NAND:  3D TLC
  • Encrypted: AES-XTS 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 million hours MTBF
  • Warranty/support: Limited 5-year warranty with free technical support
  • Total Bytes Written (TBW):
    • 256GB — 150TB
    • 512GB — 300TB
    • 1024GB — 600TB
    • 2048GB — 1200TB


Backed by a 5-year warranty and free technical support, KC600 is currently available in 256GB and 512GB capacities, while 1024GB and 2048GB models are shipping soon.


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