Kingston KC3000 SSD Review: A PCIe Gen 4 Speed Demon

Kingston KC3000 Review: Additional Benchmark And Our Conclusion

EFD Software's HD Tune is described on the company's website as such: "HD Tune is a hard disk utility with many functions. It can be used to measure the drive's performance, scan for errors, check the health status (S.M.A.R.T.), securely erase all data and much more." The latest version of the benchmark added temperature statistics and improved support for SSDs, among a few other updates and fixes.

HDTune v5.75 Benchmarks

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The Kingston KC3000 performed exceptionally well with HD Tune's workloads. The KC3000 offered the best sequential performance, highest burst speeds, and lowest write latency of the bunch.

CrystalDiskMark x64 Benchmarks

CrystalDiskMark is a synthetic benchmark that tests both sequential and random small and mid-sized file transfers using incompressible data. It provides a quick look at best and worst case scenarios with regard to SSD performance, best case being larger sequential transfers and worse case being small, random transfers.
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The Kingston KC3000 also performed well across all of the CrystalDiskMark tests. The drive offered excellent sequential reads and writes and some of the best random 4K performance of the bunch, regardless of queue depth.

Final Fantasy XIV: Endwalker Game Level Load Times

We also tested game level load times using the Final Fantasy XIV: Endwalker benchmark. This tool loads an array of different game levels during its graphics benchmark and outputs the average result when complete.

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The Kingston KC3000 trailed all of the other drives we tested here, save for the Phison E18 B47R reference drive. That said, we're only talking about a fraction of a second difference, averaged out over all of the game levels tested.

Futuremark's PCMark 10 Storage Test

We like PCMark 10's new quick storage benchmark module for its real-world application measurement approach to testing. PCMark offers a trace-based measurement of system response times and bandwidth under various scripted workloads of traditional client / desktop system use cases.

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In the trace-based PCMark tests, the Innogrit-based ADATA SSDs clearly led the pack and offered the highest scores and measured bandwidth, with the lowest latency. The KC3000 outran Samsung SSD 980 Pro, however.

Our Verdict: Kingston KC3000 PCIe 4 SSD

There has been a consistent influx of high-end SSDs lately, especially after Sony’s recent update to the PS5 which enabled the use of M.2 drives on the console. We’ve looked at some killer drives too, and compared the Kingston KC3000 to some of the best performers we’ve come across. In light of some of the best performing PCIe Gen 4 drives currently on the market, the Kingston KC3000 doesn’t lead the pack across the board, but the drive does offer excellent performance nonetheless. The KC300’s sequential performance is especially strong, as is its consistently low latency, and excellent random 4K reads and writes (at a variety of queue depths).

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In many of the synthetic tests, the Kingston KC3000 puts up class-leading performance. Where it trailed somewhat was in the trace-based tests and in the game level load times. That said, performance was still very good – it just didn’t catch the Innogrit-based drives in those particular tests. Overall though, the Kingston KC3000 is an excellent, high-end solid state drive that will address the needs of enthusiast, gamers and content creators alike. The drives can be found for about $0.20 - $0.24 per gigabyte at various on-line e-tailers (~$459 for the 2TB model), which means they command a bit of premium versus some other enthusiast-class PCIe Gen 4 SSDs. If you’re looking for a high performance SSD backed by one of the most well established players in the space though, the Kingston KC3000 is absolutely worth a look.

  • Great Sequential Performance
  • Excellent 4K Random Performance
  • Strong Read Latency
  • Trailed Slightly In Trace-Based Tests
  • Trailed In Game Level Loads

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