Hardware-based self-encrypting SSD drive – Kingston KC600 SSD Review

Kingston KC600 SSD Review – If you are one of those who have not moved to using NVMe SSDs like the Kingston KC2000 yet, Kingston still has a surprise for you.

Its latest KC600 2.5″ SSD on the Sata Rev 3.0 interface (SATA III/6Gbps) is a great performer and utilises the latest 3D TLC NAND technology.

Kingston KC600 SSD Packaging

Kingston KC600 is available on different capacities like 256GB, 512GB, and 1024GB (1TB – like the sample I have here today which can support up to 550MB/s read and 520MB/s write speed). With 1TB of storage, the drive makes it as a good drive to store your games, but can also be used as your primary Windows drive.

The drive itself feels quite light and hollow (in a good way) but doesn’t include an Acronis imaging software like Kingston KC2000.

I’m using the Kingston KC600 as the primary drive for Windows 10 Pro on my wife’s computer and the installation was completed quickly. Windows also boots fast so she can start using the desktop almost instantly now. Definitely a huge upgrade from her previous HDD.

A unique feature on the Kingston KC600 SSD is that it’s also a hardware-based self encrypting drive (AES 256-bit hardware encryption, TCG Opal and eDrive). With this Kingston’s self-encrypting drive, your data will be well protected.

Here is a CrystalDiskMark comparison between the Kingston KC600 (up to 550MB/s & 520MB/s read and write speed) and a similar competitor’s SSD specs, Crucial MX500 (up to 560 MB/s read & 510 MB/s read and write speed) side by side:

Kingston KC600 SSD Review Conclusion

If your motherboard does not have the NVMe M.2 slots, then you are stuck with SATA III 6Gbps interface and 2.5″ SSDs. Unfortunately all SSDs running on this interface already hits its peak in terms of read and write speed.

Kingston KC600 SSD does have a very solid 550MB/s sequential read speed which makes it a really good drive for loading and processing data (such as your primary Windows drive, or games where you frequently need to load new maps and other big graphical files).

If you are still using an old HDD, the 1TB capacity option of the Kingston KC600 should entice you to migrate everything over. You can store a lot of data with that big capacity.

Kingston KC600 SSD comes with a limited 5-year warranty for peace of mind and retail for around AU$199 here in Australia.

Disclosure: Kingston KC600 SSD review sample was supplied for reviewing but all opinions are mine and not paid

Kingston KC600 SSD


Offers a solid 550MB/s sequential read speed on the SATA 6 Gbps interface with 5 year limited warranty

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