Kingston DC1500M SSD Review: High Endurance NVMe Storage

Kingston DC1500M: Additional Benchmarks And Our Conclusion

EFD Software's HD Tune is described on the company's website as such: "HD Tune is a hard disk utility with many functions. It can be used to measure the drive's performance, scan for errors, check the health status (S.M.A.R.T.), securely erase all data and much more." The latest version of the benchmark added temperature statistics and improved support for SSDs, among a few other updates and fixes.

HDTune Pro v5.75

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The previous-gen Kingston DC1000M didn't behave properly with HDTune's read workload, but the newer Kingston DC1500M was much more predictable. Bandwidth was somewhat better than the previous-gen drive and latency, while somewhat higher than the competition, was consistent in both tests.

CrystalDiskMark x64 v8

CrystalDiskMark is a synthetic benchmark that tests both sequential and random small and mid-sized file transfers using incompressible data. It provides a quick look at best and worst case scenarios with regard to SSD performance, best case being larger sequential transfers and worse case being small, random transfers.
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The Kingston DC1500M performed best in the higher queue depth CrystalDiskMark tests, where it scored the best random 4K QD32 result of the bunch. Sequential reads were also competitive, though writes trailed most of the other drives we tested.

Latency Under Load

For this next set of tests, we measured access latency at various queue depths with the same fully random IOmeter 4K access pattern (67% reads, 33% writes), while each of the drives was also under a sustained sequential write workload. A sustained sequential write across the entire volume was initiated, and when performance plateaued, access latency was measured with IOMeter.

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While under a sustained sequential write workload, the Kingston DC1500M took the largest hit to latency and ends up trailing the other drives we tested, including the previous-gen DC1000M.

Kingston DC1500M Summary And Conclusion:

Kingston rates the 1.92TB DC1500M drive we tested for up to 3.3GB/s reads with up to 2.7GB/s writes. In our testing, the drive actually exceeded those numbers in a few spots, namely in the ATTO and CrystalDiskMark sequential read tests. Random 4K transfers fall about in the middle of the pack versus the other drives we tested, save for the highest queue depths, where the DC1500M led the pack.
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Kingston DC1000M series drives are currently selling for about $0.22 - 0.25 per gigabyte (the 1.92TB drive we tested is priced at $483 as of the time of publication). That puts Kingston’s pricing right in-line with competitive models, but we expect street pricing to be somewhat more aggressive as time progresses and availability ramps up. Looking back through the numbers, the DC1500M seems best suited to read transfers at higher queue depths, where it remained competitive with the Gen 3 Intel and Samsung drives.

If you're in need of high-capacity, enterprise-class solid state storage, with full power loss protection, multiple namespace support, and a solid warranty, the Kingston DC1500M series is worth a look, especially if your workloads are aligned with its particular strengths.

  • Competitive Sequential Transfers (vs. Gen 3 Drives)
  • Multiple Namespace Support
  • 5-Year Warranty w/ Free Tech Support
  • Higher Access Latency Overall
  • Higher Access Latencies Under Load

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