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Kingston KC2000 M.2 PCIe NVMe 1TB SSD Review
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Kingston KC2000 M.2 PCIe NVMe 1TB SSD Review

by August 21, 2019
Overview
Highlights

The Kingston KC2000 M.2 PCIe 3.0 x4 NVMe SSD is Kingston's most recent all-purpose SSD, offering affordable performance for gamers while also serving up all the security features a professional might need.

Warranty

5-year

Price

250GB: RM209
500GB: RM399
1TB: RM762
2TB: RM1339

Positives

+ Very nippy performance
+ Included cloning software license is convenient
+ Good value for money

Negatives

- Controller can get toasty under heavy loads

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Appearance
8.0
Features
8.5
Materials
8.3
Performance
8.7
Value
8.4
Bottom Line

M.2 PCIe NVMe SSDs are becoming increasingly affordable, and the Kingston KC2000 is an excellent example.

8.4
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Introduction

Kingston has a really broad range of storage solutions, with a number of series like the A-series, UV-series and KC-series. We have seen a drive from the former two series, while this is the first time we are testing a Kingston KC drive, specifically the Kingston KC2000. This is actually the second member of the family, offering better performance for enthusiasts as well as all the security options professionals will need. Let’s take a look at it.

Packaging + Appearance

Packaging wise, there really isn’t much to see. It comes in Kingston’s standard card package, giving them the ability to save on shipping, I guess? The sad thing is that once you open the package you will never get it back.

The drive itself features a pretty utilitarian sticker, which most probably won’t fit in with your build’s theme. However given that most motherboards nowadays come with heatsinks over the M.2 slots, you should be fine. The Acronis True Image HD license is a pretty good inclusion too for people upgrading from their older drives.

Interestingly, the Kingston KC2000 PCIe 3.0 x4 NVMe 1TB SSD has NAND on both sides of the drive. It points to them using lower density 3D NAND here, although given the controller here, having more flash channels would help with performance. There are also two DDR3L DRAM chips here for caching.

Specifications

Kingston KC2000 PCIe 3.0 x4 NVMe 1000GB SSD

Capacity1000GB (931GB usable)
InterfacePCIe 3.0 x4 NVMe
NAND Type96-layer 3D TLC NAND
DRAM CacheDDR3L
ControllerSMI 2262EN
Rated speedSequential:
Read: 
Up to 3200 MB/s Write: Up to 2200 MB/s
Random:
Read: 350 000 IOPS Write: 275 000 IOPS
Endurance600TBW
Dimensions80 mm X 22 mm X 3.5 mm
Weight10 gram
Included accessoriesAcronis True Image HD activation key
Warranty5 years

Pokde Benchrig

CPUIntel Core i7-5820K @ 4.125 GHz
MotherboardASUS ROG Rampage V Extreme
GPUASUS ROG Strix RX 480 8GB
Memory4 x 4GB Kingston HyperX Predator 3000 MHz CL15
StorageSamsung 850 EVO 250GB
Plextor M9PeY 512GB
Power SupplyCooler Master V850

Performance

Synthetic

As far as performance goes, the Kingston KC2000 PCIe 3.0 x4 NVMe 1TB SSD is one strong performer. Just what you might expect from a PCIe 3.0 x4 drive.

it does deliver some awesome scores across the board, and it is currently one of our fastest SSDs in our labs. The temperatures are slightly worrying though, with the drive heating up to 64°C when we ran the CrystalDiskMark benchmark. We did the testing on an open bench without a heatsink on the thing, but since most decent motherboards nowadays come with M.2 heatsinks anyway, the toasty temperatures should not be too much of a concern.

Real world

The nippy performance also shows in our Final Fantasy XIV: Stormblood benchmark.

The Kingston KC2000 PCIe 3.0 x4 NVMe 1TB SSD delivers the fastest loading times we have seen yet, which bodes well for gamers. Considering that it is also pretty cost effective, it will also suit gamers who might use this to store their large game files.

At RM0.762/GB, the Kingston KC2000 PCIe 3.0 x4 NVMe 1TB SSD is really quite affordable too. It might not be the most affordable drive we have tested, but as you can see, it is definitely the fastest when it comes to game loading times.

Conclusion

Is the Kingston KC2000 PCIe 3.0 x4 NVMe 1TB SSD a good purchase? I would say RM762 is a good price point for a 1TB drive. It’s fast, it’s affordable, and there’s only the issue with higher than expected temperatures. Not really an issue though considering that you would most probably be using the drive under a heatsink anyways.

Our thanks to Kingston for sending us the Kingston KC2000 PCIe 3.0 x4 NVMe 1TB SSD for review.

About The Author
Vyncent Chan
Technology enthusiast, casual gamer, pharmacy graduate. Strongly opposes proprietary standards and always on the look out for incredible bang-for-buck.

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