Kingston A1000 480GB PCIe NVMe M.2 SSD Review

How to install and configure the Kingston A1000 480GB PCIe NVME M.2


Installing this drive is incredibly easy, but if you have never done it before you might be a little nervous, and I totally get it.  In this next video I will show you how to install the Kingston A1000 480GB PCIe NVMe M.2 SA1000M8/480G onto your motherboard.

A lot easier than you thought right?

You can use this as your primary drive or as your secondary drive, totally up to you but I will help you with both.  In this next video, I will show you how to configure your BIOS to support this new drive and how to install Windows 10.  Please note, not all motherboards have the same type of BIOS layout, yours might look different and if it does, you can check out your motherboard manual and it should be able to help you configure it.

Install in under 10 minutes, not bad.

So if you are not installing this drive as a C drive, for your operating system, you can also set it as a secondary drive to install and run your games or store videos or anything really.  I will run you down how to do that in Windows 10.

First, right click on the Start button on the bottom left hand corner and click “Disk Management”.

I have a few drives, but towards the bottom you will see Disk 0, Disk 1, Disk 2 and Disk 3.  Notice that Disk 0, 1 and 3 all state that have information on them, and also state that they have some partition, to make it easy also they are lined in blue.

The legend on the bottom left hand corner also provides that information.

The 3rd drive, Disk 2 has a black line over it and reads “Unallocated” which means there are no partitions and no data written on it.  Let’s fix that.

Right click on the “Unallocated” space and you will see a drop down as shown above, click “New Simple Volume

Once you do, you will start the “New Simple Volume Wizard”, just click “Next” here.

On this second screen, if you want to make multiple partitions, you will want to change the size you are making this partition (size of the drive) but if want to use the entire drive as one partition, just click “Next

Here you can choose the drive letter you would like this partition to become, then click “Next

On this screen, you can choose the partitions, Allocation unit size, Volume label, if you would like to quick format it and/or enable file and folder compression.

For Windows, you are mostly going to want to be using NTFS as the file system.  Allocation unit size, it is probably safe to keep the default size unless you want to get down to specifics with the block sizes and tweaking performance to a grain of salt.  Volume Label is the name of the drive, in this example I will name it “GAMES”.

Perform a quick format will take seconds to format the drive to appear as a blank drive so you can fill it up, if you uncheck it, you will be waiting for hours for this drive to get formatted/cleared.

Enable file and folder compression” is a horrible trade off option.  In essence, you will save space (not sure exactly how much) by having your data compressed all of the time and when the data is needed, it will need to decompressed before it can become fully utilizable.  Because of the speed of todays CPU’s, the time is little to nothing, you may not notice it but still, I never touch this option.

When you are done reading all of this, you can click “Next

Once you click “Next” the process begins formatting/clearing your drive getting it ready for use.  This takes only a few seconds but while this is occurring, you can click “Finish”.

When you are done, your “Disk Management” screen will look something like this, with all blue stripes.

Now if you open up “Computer”, you will find your newly formatted drive.  I circled it above, remember I named it “GAMES”.  She’s all yours but now let’s move on to the performance.

I am going to put all the performance all together for all 3 drives, to save you some time reading it instead of the way I used to do it.  With that said, let’s move onto Benchmarking and comparing the Kingston A1000 480GB PCIe NVME M.2.

Continue to Page 4: Benchmarking and comparing the Kingston A1000 480GB PCIe NVMe M.2


Iggy Castillo
I have spent many years in the PC boutique name space as Product Development Engineer for Alienware and later Dell through Alienware's acquisition and finally Velocity Micro. During these years I spent my time developing new configurations, products and technologies with companies such as AMD, Asus, Intel, Microsoft, NVIDIA and more. The Arts, Gaming, New & Old technologies drive my interests and passion. Now as my day job, I am an IT Manager but doing reviews on my time and my dime.
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