DC500 Solid-State Drive
Performance, Reliability and Consistency

DC500 2.5" Enterprise SSD 6Gbps SATA SSD for Read-Centric and Mixed-Use Drives

Data Centre 500 Series

Kingston’s Data Centre 500 (DC500R / DC500M) series of solid-state drives are high-performance 6Gbps SATA SSDs that use the latest 3D TLC NAND, designed for read-centric and mixed-use server workloads. They implement Kingston’s strict QoS requirements to ensure predictable random I/O performance as well as predictable low latencies over a wide range of read and write workloads. They can increase productivity for AI, machine learning, big data analytics, cloud computing, software-defined storage, operational databases (ODB), database applications and data warehousing. Capacities from 480GB, 960GB, 1.92TB, 3.84TB, 7.68TB1

Enterprise Data Centre SSD

Delivering on business demands for 24/7 uptime and reliability, Kingston Enterprise SSDs offer high-performing storage that combines predictable performance with rigorously tested reliability. Kingston’s DC500 Series SSDs offer features that enable data centres to select the most cost-effective SSD for their workload(s). Businesses require results in order to deliver on products, solutions and service level agreements (SLAs). Kingston’s DC500 Series SSDs are designed to deliver on these expectations.

DC500R: Read-centric SSD

DC500R is a highly optimised SSD designed for read-centric workloads, enabling data centres to select SSDs tailored for workloads without overspending on more expensive write-intensive SSDs. It delivers I/O speeds and response times (latency) that a data centre can deploy with confidence to ensure high levels of performance in the working application and downstream at the user interface. These are typically defined by applications that require real-time results. Serving large amounts of data and delivering responsive results from a variety of databases and web-based applications can leverage the receptive performance of the DC500R.

DC500M: Mixed-use SSD

DC500M is a powerful SSD designed for mixed-use workload applications where the demand has a more balanced mix of read and write operations. It delivers greater write endurance over a wide range of workloads while maintaining the strict performance consistency requirements designed into all of Kingston’s data centre SSDs. Data centres that host databases and various web-based applications can leverage the predictable I/O and latency performance while controlling infrastructure costs.

End-to-end Protection

The DC500 series SSDs incorporate end-to-end data path protection to help guarantee that all user data transferred into the SSD is protected against transient errors. The DC500R and DC500M both include on-board power-loss protection (PLP) via power capacitors and firmware. This ensures data-in-flight is written to the NAND Flash memory in the event of unexpected power loss. Additionally, PLP ensures that the drives' mapping table (FTL) is updated prior to power being removed from the drive. These power loss safeguards reduce the chance of data loss and ensure that the drive will successfully re-initialise on the next power-up of the system.

Quality of Service (QoS)

The DC500 series delivers on QoS2 3 4 with consistency, predictability of latency (response time) and IOPS (IOs per Second) performance while servicing balanced read and write workloads. Performance predictability is essential for web hosting applications that must deliver on SLAs promised to customers. The DC500 series efficiency produces the reliability needed for web server applications that require read-centric drives or mixed-use intensive workloads where uptime is mission critical.

Application use cases

Designed for service providers running a wide range of customer applications including:

  • Virtualisation
  • High-speed databases
  • High-bandwidth media streaming
  • SQL server reporting services (SSRS)
  • SAP
  • BI, ERP, CRM, GL, OLAP, OLTP, ERM and EDW workloads
  • Cloud service providers

Both DC500R and DC500M feature enterprise-class reliability with end-to-end data path protection, SMART health monitoring and strong ECC. They are backed by legendary pre and post-sales support along with a five-year limited warranty5.

  • Predictable random I/O performance and latencies over a wide range of workloads
  • Read-centric design for performance in high read-intensive workloads (DC500R)
  • Mixed-use design for balanced performance in high read/write-intensive workloads (DC500M)
  • Configurable over-provisioning
  • On-board power loss protection (PLP)
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Awards and Reviews

If you’re thinking about getting a new SATA SSD for your server or storage, then the DC500M should be on the top of your shopping list. You can’t go wrong with this product, especially when it offers excellent performance, high data protection and a long warranty.

Read Full Review Funky Kit DC500 Review

The Kingston DC500R is a reliable and cost-effective storage solution and it delivers consistent performance instead of short bursts which makes it perfect for data centres.

Read Full Review Gadgets Middle East SSD DC500R Review

Like Kingston’s DC500R, the DC500M offers the large capacities, hardware power protection and end to end data protection that data centre IT managers demand of this class of drive but adds much, much more impressive endurance ratings to the mix.

Read Full Review Kitguru SSD DC500M Review

Kingston’s latest DC500R SSD is a drive designed for read-centric workloads in data centres and features 64-layer 3D TLC NAND, an 8-channel controller and hardware based power protection.

Read Full Review Kitguru SSD DC500R Review

Kingston delivers a drive that’s more than the average with the DC500M. Reliability and consistency to the point.

Read Full Review eTecknix SSD DC500M Review

Kingston continues its impressive DC drive series with the DC500. The DC500R delivers consistent and reliable performance figures as well as enterprise-class reliability.

Read Full Review eTeknix DC500 SSD Review
(Mixed Use)
480GB – 7.68TB
480GB – 3.84TB
Read Speed
Read Speed
Up to 555 MB/s
Up to 555 MB/s
Write Speed
Write Speed
Up to 520 MB/s
Up to 520 MB/s
Form Factor
Form Factor
2.5” SATA III 6Gbps
2.5” SATA III 6Gbps
Read Random Read 4KB
Read Random Read 4KB
Write Random Read 4KB
Write Random Read 4KB
256-bit AES
256-bit AES
0.5 DWPD for 5 yrs
1.3 DWPD for 5 yrs
5 Years
5 Years
Read Speed
Write Speed
Form Factor
Read Random Read 4KB
Write Random Read 4KB


        Form factor 2.5 inch
        Interface SATA Rev. 3.0 (6Gb/s) – with backwards compatibility to SATA Rev. 2.0 (3Gb/s)
        Capacities1 480GB, 960GB, 1.92TB, 3.84TB, 7.68TB
        NAND 3D TLC
        Self-Encrypting Drive (SED) AES 256-bit Encryption
        Sequential read/write: (DC500R) 480GB – 555MBs/500MBs
        960GB – 555MBs/525MBs
        1.92TB – 555MBs/525MBs
        3.84TB – 555MBs/520MBs
        7.68TB – 545MBs/490MBs
        Steady-state 4k read/write: (DC500R) 480GB – 98,000/12,000 IOPS
        960GB – 98,000/20,000 IOPS
        1.92TB – 98,000/24,000 IOPS
        3.84TB – 98,000/28,000 IOPS
        7.68TB – 99,000/25,000 IOPS
        Sequential read/write: (DC500M) 480GB – 555MBs/520MBs
        960GB – 555MBs/520MBs
        1.92TB – 555MBs/520MBs
        3.84TB – 555MBs/520MBs
        Steady-state 4k random read/write: (DC500M) 480GB – 98,000/58,000 IOPS
        960GB – 98,000/70,000 IOPS
        1.92TB – 98,000/75,000 IOPS
        3.84TB – 98,000/75,000 IOPS
        Quality of service (latency)2,3,4 - TYP read/write: <500 µs / <2 ms
        Hot-plug capable  
        Static and dynamic wear levelling  
        Enterprise SMART tools Reliability tracking, usage statistics, life remaining, wear levelling, temperature
        Power loss protection Tantalum capacitors
        Endurance DC500R:
        480GB – 438TBW6 (0.5 DWPD)7
        960GB – 876TBW6 (0.5 DWPD)7
        1.92TB – 1752TBW6 (0.5 DWPD)7
        3.84TB – 3504TBW6 (0.5 DWPD)7
        7.68TB – 9345TBW6 (0.6 DWPD)7

        480GB – 1139TBW6 (1.3 DWPD)7
        960GB – 2278TBW6 (1.3 DWPD)7
        1.92TB – 4555TBW6 (1.3 DWPD)7
        3.84TB – 9110TBW6 (1.3 DWPD)7
        Power consumption Idle: 1.3W
        Average read: 1.45W
        Average write: 4.5W
        Max read: 1.65W
        Max write: 7.5W
        Storage temperature -40°C ~ 85°C
        Operating temperature 0°C ~ 70°C
        Dimensions 69.9mm x 100mm x 7mm
        Weight 92.34g
        Vibration operating 2.17G Peak (7–800Hz)
        Vibration non-operating 20G Peak (10–2000Hz)
        MTBF 2 million hours
        Warranty/support5 Limited 5-year warranty with free technical support

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