Kingston KC2000 NVMe PCIe SSD: Entry-level value, top-shelf efficiency

I wasn’t anticipating a lot from Kingston’s KC2000 M.2 NVMe SSD, given the final Kingston NVMe drive I examined, the inexpensive however mundane A1000.  Colour me improper—this newest effort delivers real-world efficiency that matches something obtainable, and units it at your toes for about 20 cents per gigabyte. Candy. Tremendous candy.

Design and specs

The KC2000 is a PCIe x4 M.2 NMVe drive within the 2280 format (22 mm huge, 80 mm lengthy) that ships in 4 capacities: $62.40/250GB, $114.40/500GB, $201.50/1TB (the capability we examined), and $410.80/2TB. Notice that there’s no premium for the 2 bigger capability drives. That’s uncommon, and it speaks to the equity of Kingston’s pricing. I additionally respect that there isn’t any 99-cent trickery to make it look and sound cheaper.


It’s not fairly the most effective in synthetic testing, however the KC2000 is pretty much as good because it will get for the common person in the true world.

The KC2000 employs 96-layer TLC (Triple-Layer Cell/3-bit) NAND and a SMI 2262EN controller from Silicon Movement to work what’s, because it seems, some fairly spectacular magic. See under.

The drives are rated for 150 Terabytes written (TBW) for each 250GB of capability, and carry a five-year guarantee. These are merely respectable endurance rankings, however I used to be anticipating solely a three-year guarantee at these value factors. Mentioned guarantee is, nevertheless, on the mercy of a percentage-used determine you possibly can see with Kingston’s SSD Supervisor utility. At 100 %, you’re out of guarantee. All corporations do that; Kingston is solely extra up-front about it.

The excellent news is, it’s extremely unlikely that you just’ll ever method that 100 % except you stick the drive in a high-use server—one thing it’s not designed for.


Whereas the CDM and AS SSD numbers aren’t as gaudy as these I’ve seen from a few of the top-rated SSDs, the real-world efficiency of the KC2000 is pretty much as good because it will get. In actual fact, the KC2000 proved the quickest drive ever in our 48GB learn/write assessments. Although it was by a comparatively small margin (7 seconds whole), it was quicker than the Intel 905P, Samsung 970 Professional, and Adata SX8200 Professional, not simply different price range drives.

Not fairly satisfied, I patiently sat by means of a 450GB write to see solely a slight drop-off in efficiency to 1.3GBps. Many NVMe SSDs begin slower than that and drop even decrease, together with the Adata SX8200 Professional. Solely the mighty Samsung 970 Professional is comparable. To place it bluntly: Kingston aced it with this drive. You may see the numbers under.

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CDM reveals what speeds are with 1GB writes. The KC2000 isn’t in the identical league because the 970 Professional ro WD Black SN750, however it’s quicker than most, and ace with even bigger transfers. Longer bars are higher.

Throughout 4K writes, the KC2000 is nice with the single-disk entry thread that the majority conditions demand, although it’s not the drive you’d need in a multi-tasking file server.

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Though the KC2000 lagged with lots of threads, this is in no way a real world scenario for the average user. The single thread results are the ones you should pay attention to unless you’re building a server. There, the KC2000 is very good. Longer bars are better.

As you can see below, the KC2000 is ace during all sorts of long reads and writes. Faster than the fastest competition.

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Kingston (or Silicon Motion) have done a great job sustaining performance on long writes. Even during a 450GB transfer, there was no major issue. Shorter bars are better.

The Kingston does slow down during long transfers—but only to a still-impressive 1.3GBps.

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This is the KC2000 slowing down to 1.3GBps, which is where many drives start before dropping well below 1GBps. Even the mighty Samsung 970 is no faster over the long hauls.

Note that these tests were done with the 1TB drive that Kingston provided. According to the data sheets, you’ll get only about half the sustained write performance from the 250GB version, with slightly slower 4K writes. The 1TB version is also slightly faster with short writes than the other capacities.


The worst NVMe SSD is hard to tell from the best, until you start copying large amounts of data. And that’s where the cream, such as the KC2000, rises to the top. It’s nice to see Kingston, a straight-shooter among storage companies, in the driver’s seat with storage again. Highly recommended.

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