Kingston, who recently released their new UV500 line of SSD products, has announced it is now shipping a 2 TB capacity drive a 2.5-inch form factor. Kingston states the UV500 is their first 3D NAND-based SSD that features 256-bit hardware-based AES full-disk encryption as well as support for TCG Opal 2.0. The drives are specified to reach read/write speeds of up to 520MB/s and 500MB/s which match up on paper with many other SATA based SSDs.

The UV500 series drives use Marvell’s 88SS1074 SATA SSD controller mated with 3D TLC NAND.  The controller supports third generation error-correcting, low-density parity check (LDPC technology), as well as reliability and endurance enhancements.  As far as endurance goes, the UV500 series drives Total Bytes Written (TBW) written varies by capacity with the 120 GB drive rated for 60 TBW to the 960 GB at 480TBW. The 2 TB monster sits at 800 TB mark. They rate the Life expectancy to 1 million hours MTBF and are backed by a limited five-year warranty, about par for the course.

The controller/NAND combo pushes the drive to speeds up to 520 MB/s reads and 500 MB/s writes from the 240GB models on up (120 GB is 520/320). IOPS were not listed on the 2TB drive however the 960GB model can reach up to 79000 reads and 45000 writes in IOMeter which is about average for the mainstream SSD category.

Pricing at the Kingston website for the 2 TB model is $695.50 and only available in 2.5-inch form-factor.  

Kingston UV500 Series
  120GB 240GB 480GB  960GB 1920GB
Form Factor 2.5", M.2, mSATA 2.5" Only
Interface SATA 6 Gbps
Controller Marvell 88SS1074
Sequential Read 520 MB/s 520 MB/s
Sequential Write 320 MB/s 500 MB/s
Random Read (4 KB) IOPS 79,000
Random Write (4 KB) IOPS 18,000 25,000 35,000 45,000 50,000
Power Read 1.17 W (max.)
Write 2.32 W (max.)
Encryption AES 256-bit 
Endurance 60 TB 100 TB 200 TB 480 TB 800 TB
Warranty 5 years (Limited)
Price (2.5") $47 $90 $153 $288 $696


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  • npz - Friday, June 1, 2018 - link

    Only helps the small capacities, which I've seen, and like the article says smartphone markets, the most. The higher desity chips like 1-2TB and above don't seem to be helped Reply
  • ATC9001 - Friday, June 1, 2018 - link

    It'll happen eventually, the biggest problem is were in the middle of a massive revolution where everything is using up all the NAND phones/tablets, smart TV's, internet of things, SSD's becoming main stream for joe six pack....all need NAND! Reply
  • Wolfclaw - Saturday, June 2, 2018 - link

    Maybe once the price fixing investigations are completed, deliberate production reductions stopped and normal supply resumes, butd don't hold your breath. Reply
  • e1jones - Saturday, June 2, 2018 - link

    I'm not sure if the Micron 1100 2TB is the same or similar, but a couple months ago I got one for $320, after CA tax, and it's been even less in the last couple weeks.

    Prices may not have dropped a lot, but lately they are coming down....

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