As usual, our tests result on several conclusions. The first one is that the Kinsgton KC1000 480 GiB achieved a higher performance with compressible data than with unconpressible data, which means its controller uses data compression to improve the performance.
Compared to the HyperX Predator, which is the older model from the same manufacturer, we can say there was a huge performance improvement, of more than 100% on most tests.
Comparing the KC1000 to its competitors from Samsung, the 960 EVO and the 960 PRO, it achieved lower maximum transfer rates, but it was similar on some tests, and faster in other ones.
However, the fact it uses MLC (and not TLC) memories gives it a better endurance. As you see in the table in Page 1, its TBW (Total Bytes Written, which is the amount of data you can write to the SSD before it could experience problems due to wearing) is 550 TiB, which is almost three times the TBW of the Samsung 960 EVO, for example.
Besides that, it doesn’t have the same problem seen on the 960 EVO, where there is a major performance drop when writing a big amount of data.
Because of that, even not being the fastest SSD available, it presents a good balance between performance and endurance, which makes it a great choice for users that need to write a big amount of data dialy.
One last detail: according to the CrystalDiskInfo program, the KC1000 reached more than 80 degrees Celsius when under operation. So, if your motherboard offers a heatsink for the M.2 slot, it is a good idea to use it, or at least to provide a good airflow on the SSD.