Earlier this year, Kingston introduced a PCI-Express 3.0 x8 SSD with very impressive specifications such as a maximum read speed of nearly 7GB per second (!) and a write speed of 6GB per second. That piece of machinery costs a whopping 1700 euro and it is, on paper, the fastest SSD we have ever tested. Let’s see how it does in reality.
It is a special occasion that we can publish this Kingston DCP1000 review today, as only one other website worldwide has been able to test it so far. TheSSDReview have also received one of this highly expensive SSDs to test. Kingston set strict conditions when supplying their enterprise products for testing and our data center SSD test setup fulfils those conditions so that we now have the privilege of thoroughly testing this product.
The DCP1000 is developed in cooperation with Liqid, who specialise in designing data center architecture. Kingston stood for hardware and Liqid primarily supplied the firmware. There is no need for specific drivers to use the SSD as the NVMe driver integrated in the current version of Windows and Linux is enough.
On top of that, it is also possible to boot from this drive, which is not necessarily logical to do in a business environment to maximise the potential of the DCP1000 in its main role. Kingston say that the SSD is optimised for, among others, virtualisation, AI, streaming and caching, which can be summed up as everything that needs extra fast storage.
You can get the DCP1000 in 800GB, 1600GB and 3200GB capacity. For this test and review, we have received the mid-sized model. Depending on the size, you pay around 1 euro per GB of storage. In that price you get the incredible performance and a 5-year warranty including phone support. On top of that, there TBW value is enough for the lifetime, a massive 1100 p/e-cycles which in the case of the 1.6TB drive is 1820 TBW.