Kingston ‘Ghost Town’ NVMe M.2 SSD Promises a Revolution in Speed-news

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Memory maker Kingston today pulled back the curtain on its newest PCIe 4.0 internal M.2 SSD, as well as a set of new releases in the world of external drives and server-side drives.

First up, the consumer-facing internal NVMe M.2, known only as “Ghost Tree” for now, promises astonishing new heights of speed for the PCIe 4.0 spec—a proposed maximum throughput of 7000MBps read and write. This would make it the fastest PCIe 4.0 drive we’ve seen to date, pushing all eight channels of available bandwidth to the peak of theoretical performance.

So far, the fastest Kingston SSD we’ve tested to date is the Kingston KC2000. It’s a fine drive for what it is, but as a PCIe 3.0×4 drive, it could only dream of hitting the maximum speeds Kingston is reporting with news of Ghost Town.

Next up is the incoming Kingston XS2000 external SSD. The XS2000 will utilize the new USB 3.2 Gen 2×2 connection standard, allowing for data transfers up to 2500MBps. It’s set to launch at various storage capacities ranging from 500GB to 2TB. 

Rounding out Kingston’s announcement is the debut of its latest server-side drive, the DC1500M. It serves as a successor to Kingston’s DC1000M U.2 NVMe SSD and will support multi-namespaces at launch.

Speaking of launches, there’s no word on pricing or availability just yet on these drives, but stay tuned to PCMag as more information is released in the coming months.

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