Kingston KC2500 Review
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Kingston KC2500 Review

The Kingston KC2500 is a high-end M.2 2280 NVMe PCIe SSD for high performance systems.

The Kingston KC2500 is a high-end M.2 2280 NVMe PCIe SSD for high performance systems. With dimensions of 80mm x 22mm x 3.5mm and a weight of only 10 grams, it can easily fit in all form factor PC’s including laptops as it supports the M.2 2280 slot. It also comes with built-in hardware encryption and a five-year warranty.

The KC2500 is the fastest SSD from Kingston. It uses a Gen 3.0 x 4 controller and 96-layer TLC NAND 3D and offers top of the line sequential read speeds that can reach upto 3,500 MBps and sequential write speeds of 2,900 Mbps on this model with a durability of up to 600TB.

Kingston KC2500 Review

The Kingston KC2500 is available in in different storage capacities of 250GB, 500GB, 1TB, and 2TB. The drive also supports end-to-end protection and uses 256-bit XTS-AES hardware encryption. There is a built-in eDrive support, a secure storage specification for use with BitLocker.

Finally the KC2500 is also compatible with the TCG Opal 2.0 standard, Microsoft eDrive, as well as security management solutions from Symantec, McAfee and WinMagic. It also includes features like the TRIM function for optimization of writing and erasing of memory cells, S.M.A.R.T telemetry and secure data erasure options.

A big thank you to Kingston for sending us this review unit.

Specifications

Form FactorM.2 2280
ControllerSMI 2262EN
InterfaceNVMe PCIe Gen 3.0 x 4 Lanes
NAND96-layer 3D TLC
EncryptionXTS-AES 256 bit
Capacities250GB, 500GB, 1TB, 2TB
Sequential Read/Write250GB – up to 3,500/1,200MB/s
500GB – up to 3,500/2,500MB/s
1TB – up to 3,500/2,900MB/s
2TB – up to 3,500/2,900MB/s
Total Bytes Written (TBW)250GB – 150TBW
500GB – 300TBW
1TB – 600TBW
2TB – 1.2PBW
Operating Temperature0°C~70°C
Dimensions80mm x 22mm x 3.5mm
Endurance250GB: 150 TBW
500GB: 300 TBW
1TB: 600 TBW
2TB: 1200 TBW
MTBF2,000,000 hours
Warranty Period5 Years

Packaging & Design

The KC2500 comes in the usual Kingston cardboard packaging with a plastic blister, to keep the drive safe during shipping. The drive comes in the M.2 2280 form factor, 80mm x 22mm x 3.5mm in size and weighs 10 grams. The package also includes a serial to Acronis True Image HD software for backups, archiving and recovery.

As this is a M.2 2280 form factor drive, it’s fairly easy to install on desktops and laptops.

Kingston KC2500 Review
Kingston KC2500 Review

The Kingston KC2500 comes in the M.2 format and connects over a PCI-Express 3.0 x4 interface. This format is approximately 3 times faster performance than SATA SSDs which are already very fast. Combined with the NVMe interface (Non-Volatile Memory Express), the KC2500 is capable of both increasing read and transfer rates, as well as faster access times.

On our review model, 1TB version, there are memory chips installed on both sides of the PCB. Each side of the KC2500 SSD is equipped with several NANDs.

Performance

Test Bench

  • Thermaltake H200 Case
  • ASUS B550-F Wifi Motherboard
  • ASUS Ryzen 5 3600
  • BeQuiet Dark Rock Pro 3
  • MSI 5700 XT Gaming X
  • Cougar GX-F AURUM 650W PSU
  • Corsair Vengance 16GB DDR4 RAM
  • Kingston KC2500 SSD

After formatting the drive, we are left with 931 GB of free space. During tests, the Kingston KC2500 performed very well in everyday applications. Transferring and reading files, booting the system and loading games is quick with this SSD.

When copying files during everyday use, the speeds are in the range of 1400-1800 MB/s, depending on the size of files.

The average bandwidth during PCMark 8 tests were 742 MB/s, one of the best we’ve benchmarked.

In our Final Fantasy XIV StormBlood test, a benchmark that simulates game load time, the Kingston KC2500 came out with an impressive load time of 9.88 seconds.

In our CrystalDiskMark benchmark, the KC2500 nearly matches the speed advertised by Kingston of up to 3500 MB/s sequential read and 2900 MB/s for sequential write and performs well.

CrystalDiskmark Read3,486 MB/s
CrystalDiskmark Write2,891 MB/s
ATTODisk Read3,125 MB/s
ATTODisk Write2,725MB/s
PCMark 8 Bandwidth Score742 MB/s

The Kingston KC2500 maintained stable temperatures between 40-45 degrees during work tasks. And while gaming it went upto a maximum of 58 degrees, which is excellent for its class.

Software

The Kingston SSD Manager can be downloaded from Kingston’s website, which can help with monitoring temperature, drive health, status, and disk usage and also update firmware as and when they are released.

Verdict

The Kingston KC2500 delivers on the promise and is one of the fastest SSD’s with a 3,500 MB/s read speed and 2900 MB /s write speed, hitting the limits of PCIe 3.0.

Kingston KC2500 Review

The KC2500 comes in capacities from 250GB to 2TB making it accessible to users with different systems, from workstations to desktops to laptops and even high-end gaming PCs.

In terms of pricing, it is relatively affordable than competing high-end M.2 NVMe SSDs by offering the same fast performance along with some of the best encryption tools.

9

Kingston KC2500

The Kingston KC2500 delivers on the promise and is one of the fastest SSD’s with a 3,500 MB/s read speed and 2900 MB /s write speed, hitting the limits of PCIe 3.0. In terms of pricing, it is relatively affordable than competing high-end M.2 NVMe SSDs by offering the same fast performance along with some of the best encryption tools.

THE GOOD
  • Excellent performance
  • Good temperatures without a heatsink
  • Encryption support
THE BAD
  • Not visually appealing as other high-end SSDs
  • Expensive
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