Kingston A1000 480GB PCIe NVMe M.2 SSD Review

Final Thoughts and Conclusions

Kingston has been at this for a while, and it shows.  While they did do a great job, the drive is not perfect, and here’s why I feel that way, the goods and the bads.


  • No additional drivers or software needed to operate
  • Very fast
  • Meets and in many tests exceed reported speed specifications
  • Price is on par with the competition
  • Includes Acronis True Image, even though it’s not the full version, it has nice features
  • Nice warranty, 5 years
  • Keeps relatively cool


  • While it has not gotten too hot, it might keep much cooler with a heatsink, but it would raise the price.
  • Depending on your motherboard, you will need to disable 2 x Physical SATA ports to enable this M.2 port.  This is not a con I can blame on the drive though as it is due to the technology and would occur with any M.2 drive.

A bunch of pros and one con, but the con if implemented would raise the price and being that it keeps relatively cool without it, might not been needed.  I was trying hard to find a con on this one, but it does everything it is supposed to do and it does it well.

Sadly, when installing this, as shown in the video you will need to enable the function, which does (at least on this board) disable 2 physical SATA ports.  Those 2 ports could have been used to RAID 2 drives together in RAID0 achieving the same speeds or higher and this drive is supposed to have but then you have to string together SATA Data and Power cables.  You would also need to purchase 2 separate drives, which would come out more than this single drive.

One other thing I do have to mention, you may purchase this drive and actually get better performance from it, it all depends on your setup on how you configure/optimize it.  There have been no tweaks made on this drive for this review, these are all with default windows settings, on a fresh install of Windows 10 Professional with all of the Windows updates applied and drivers installed.

I tried hard to not give this drive a 5 Star Editors choice award… but there is nothing I can find.  With that,… I proudly give the Kingston A1000 480GB PCIe NVMe M.2 SSD  SA1000M8/480G a Dragonblogger 5 Star Editor’s choice award.

Great job Kingston.

What do you guys think, was there a Con I missed or a Pro?  I would love to hear back from you.

Click here to read my previous review of the WD Black 512GB PCIE SSD:


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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