Kingston KC2000 NVMe SSD: High-Performance M.2 Storage
Kingston recently expanded its portfolio of solid state drives, with a new family of products targeting high-performance desktop and workstation applications. The Kingston KC2000 series of drives feature a PCI Express Gen 3.0 x 4 controller, 96-layer 3D TLC NAND flash memory, and boast of peak transfer speeds north of 3GB/s. The drives are offered in an array of capacities, ranging from 250GB all the way on up to 2TB, and they support a number of security-conscious features as well. All told, the Kingston KC2000 series drives try to cater to a myriad of use cases, from mainstream consumer desktops, to gamers and enthusiasts, and workstation users. Whether or not Kingston pulled it off remains to be seen though, so let’s quit delaying, jump in and take a closer look...
|Form Factor||M.2 2280|
|Interface||NVMe PCIe Gen 3.0 x 4 Lanes|
|Capacities||250GB, 500GB, 1TB, 2TB|
|NAND||Toshiba 96-layer 3D TLC|
|Sequential Read/Write||250GB – up to 3,000/1,100MB/s 500GB – up to3,000/2,000MB/s, 1TB / 2TB – up to 3,200/2,200MB/s|
|Random 4K Read/Write||250GB – up to 350,000/200,000 IOPS, 500GB – up to 350,000/250,000 IOPS, 1TB – up to 350,000/275,000 IOPS, 2TB – up to 250,000/250,000 IOPS|
|Total Bytes Written (TBW)||250GB – 150TBW 500GB – 300TBW, 1TB – 600TBW 2TB – 1.2PBW|
|Power Consumption||.003W Idle / .2W Avg / 2.1W (MAX) Read / 7W (MAX) Write|
|Dimensions||80mm x 22mm x 3.5mm|
|Weight||250GB – 8g 500GB – 10g, 1TB – 10g 2TB – 11g|
|Vibration Operating||2.17G Peak (7-800Hz)|
|Vibration Non-operating||20G Peak (20-1000Hz)|
|Warranty/Support||Limited 5-year warranty with free technical support|
Just like the vast majority of other NVMe M.2 drives currently on the market, the Kingston KC2000 uses the common M.2 2280 (80mm) "gumstick" form factor. Kingston utilizes an attractive, dark-colored PCB with the drives, and populates both sides of the board with an array of components, though the top is covered by a rather large decal adorned with all of the drive’s pertinent data and branding that hides just about everything.
The foundation of the Kingston KC2000 is an 8-channel Silicon Motion SM2262EN controller. That controller is paired to some of Toshiba’s 96-Layer 3D BiCS TLC NAND Flash memory, a few pieces of DDR3L DRAM cache, and customized Kingston firmware. The drive features a PCIe Gen x4 interface and support for the NVMe 1.3 specification. We should also mention that the Kingston KC2000 family supports a full suite of security-related features too, including TCG Opal 2.0, XTS-AES 256-bit, and Microsoft eDrive if that is important to you.
All of that jargon doesn’t mean much if performance isn’t good though, so let’s get to the benchmarks...