by Adam Armstrong

Kingston Launches New DC500 Series SSDs

Today Kingston Technology Company, Inc. announced the launch of its data center DC500R enterprise SSD (DC500R review). The SSD is optimized for read-intensive applications and the first to implement the company’s strict QoS requirements to ensure predictable random I/O performance as well as predictable low latencies over a wide range of read and write workloads. The company is also announcing that its mixed-use workload drive, the DC500M will begin shipping next week.

The enterprise SSD launched today, the DC500R, is an ideal choice for read-intensive applications such as boot up, web servers, virtual desktop infrastructure, operational databases, and real-time analytics. Kingston’s QoS is said to provide consistent performance and latency. The drive also comes with endurance of half a drive write per day and capacities up to 3.84TB in a 2.5” form factor. Next week the company is launching the DC500M that is ideal for mixed-use workloads such as the high-volume rack-mount server market for internal drive bay upgrades, hyperscale data center servers and Cloud service providers requiring low-cost, high-performance storage subsystems. The DC500M offers up to 1.3 DWPD and will come in a 3.84TB model in the second quarter of this year.

Kingston DC500 Key features:

  • Model: DC500R | DC500M
  • Form Factor: 2.5 Inch
  • Interface: SATA Rev. 3.0 (6Gb/s) 
  • Capacities: 480GB, 960GB, 1.92TB, 3.84TB (DC500M 3.84TB capacity available in later Q2)
  • NAND: 3D TLC
  • Self-Encrypting Drive (SED): AES 256-bit Encryption
  • Sequential Read/Write: 
    • DC500R:
      • 480GB – 555MBs/500MBs 
      • 960GB – 555MBs/525MBs
      • 1.92TB – 555MBs/525MBs 
      • 3.84TB – 555MBs/520MBs
    • DC500M:
      • 480GB – 555MBs/520MBs 
      • 960GB – 555MBs/520MBs
      • 1.92TB – 555MBs/520MBs 
      • 3.84TB – 555MBs/520MBs
  • Steady-State 4k Read/Write: 
    • DC500R:
      • 480GB – 98,000/12,000 IOPS 
      • 960GB – 98,000/20,000 IOPS
      • 1.92TB – 98,000/24,000 IOPS 
      • 3.84TB – 98,000/28,000 IOPS
    • DC500M:
      • 480GB – 98,000/58,000 IOPS 
      • 960GB – 98,000/70,000 IOPS
      • 1.92TB – 98,000/75,000 IOPS 
      • 3.84TB – 98,000/75,000 IOPS
  • Quality of Service (Latency): TYP Read/Write: <500 µs / <2 ms
  • Hot-Plug Capable
  • Static and Dynamic Wear Leveling
  • Enterprise SMART tools: Reliability tracking, usage statistics, life remaining,
  • wear leveling, temperature
  • Endurance:
    • DC500R:
      • 480GB — 438TBW (0.5 DWPD) 
      • 960GB — 876TBW (0.5 DWPD)
      • 1.92TB — 1752TBW (0.5 DWPD)
      • 3.84TB — 3504TBW (0.5 DWPD)
    • DC500M:
      • 480GB – 1139TBW (1.3 DWPD)
      • 960GB – 2278TBW (1.3 DWPD)
      • 1.92TB – 4555TBW (1.3 DWPD)
      • 3.84TB – 9110TBW (1.3 DWPD)
  • Power Consumption:
    • Idle: 1.56W 
    • Average: 1.6W 
    • Max Read: 1.8W 
    • Max Write: 7.5W
  • Storage temperature: -40°C ~ 85°C
  • Operating temperature: 0°C ~ 70°C
  • Dimensions: 69.9mm x 100mm x 7mm
  • Weight: 92.34g
  • Vibration operating: 2.17G Peak (7–800Hz)
  • Vibration non-operating: 20G Peak (10–2000Hz)
  • MTBF: 2 million hours
  • Warranty/support: Limited 5-year warranty with free technical support

Kingston DC500

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