Kingston KC2500 (500GB) NVMe SSD Review


Kingston has a long history in the memory and flash storage markets. As far as SSDs go, we have seen a lot of low entry level models lately and these have become very popular for good pricing. If you want to step up, there is the recently launched Kingston KC2500 NVMe SSD, which is targeted at the high-performance amateur market. It offers safety as well as speed, but bypasses the fancy designs and eye-catching heat spreaders that its competitors now offer. With exciting street prices, it is on top of the more affordable Kingston A2000 series. Could it be an SSD suitable for the new architecture or a valuable upgrade for your PC? Read on to find out.

Kingston KC2500 NVMe SSD Features and Specifications

NVMe SSDs in the M.2 form factor are very common these days, and most PC motherboards shipped over the past few years have at least one M.2 slot. The main advantages are of course speed, because you are hooked directly into the system PCIe bus and do not require special data and power cables.

Kingston M.2 SSDs are usually hidden but not thought of as big in design – we see a bunch of simple stickers and regulatory logos with manufacturer-specific information, other companies WD And Samsung Now fill in their design aesthetic here. There is also no heat spreader, which is not a big issue as most motherboards have their own.

Kingston kc2500 side2 ndtv Kingston

There is no fancy heat spreader or design flair to target gamers

The KC2500 has molten parts on both sides of the module, which means it is slightly thicker than normal. This should not be a problem for most desktops, but it’s worth noting if you want to upgrade your laptop. Most slim models are designed for single-sided M.2 modules only.

You have a choice between 250GB, 500GB, 1TB and 2TB models. The sequential read speed is the same, rated at 3,500MBps across four, but the sequential write speed ranges from 1,200MBps to 2,900MBps. I am reviewing the 500GB unit today, which is rated for 2,500MBps sequential rights.

Endurance is proportional to capacity, ranging from 150TBW (written in terabytes) at the bottom to 1.2PBW at the top. MTBF (average time between failures) is stated to be 2,000,000 hours. Warranty is five years.

Kingston reveals the details in more detail than usual to most other companies. It used a silicon motion SMI2262EN controller and a 96-layer TLC flash memory, which is very common these days. The KC2500 is a PCIe Gen3 SSD, so again, there is nothing trendy here. You get standard 256-bit AES encryption, as well as compliance with the Trusted Computing Group’s OPAL 2.0 standard for auto-encryption drives. This is of interest if you are deploying multiple PCs in a corporate environment and wanting mutual potential between security software vendors.

The Kingston KC2500 package is a very inexpensive cardboard placard, you can expect with some inexpensive accessories; There is also no box or plastic bubble pack. That is, the drive may not be well protected during shipping unless the seller wraps it well. There is a small coupon with the code for a copy of Acronis True Image HD, which allows you to clone your previous drive on this SSD. Strangely, there is no mention anywhere on the package or on the web page of this product of the existence of Kingston’s SSD manager software. If you search for it and download it yourself, you can check the health and condition of your drive, update its firmware and wipe its contents safely.

Kingston kc2500 package ndtv Kingston

The retail package is thinner and does not inspire much confidence

Kingston KC2500 NVMe SSD performance

Installation is like fitting an M.2 module into its slot and tightening a screw. If your motherboard has one, you may need to unplug other components or deal with an integrated heat spreader. It is also a good idea to have some airflow in your M.2 slots for cooling.

I tested the Kingston KC2500 AMD Raison 7 2700X CPU, Gigabyte Aras X470 Gaming 7 WiFi Motherboard, 2x8GB G.skill DDR4 RAM, a 1TB Samsung SSD860 Evo Boot drive, a Sapphire Nitro + Radeon RX 590 Graphics card and Corsair RM650 power supply. Windows 10 has been updated and all the latest system drivers have been installed. The configured capacity of my 500GB review unit is reported to be 465.76GB.

Starting with CrystalDiskmark 6, the read and write speeds are measured at 3517.2MBps and 2568.7MBps, respectively, both of which are smaller margins than Kingston’s. Random reading and writing at 8 depth was also a pleasant surprise, coming in at 1252.3MBps and 1382MBps, respectively. These are very good results by mainstream NVMe SSD standards. Later, Anvil Storage posted a benchmark total of 13,964.60, a score of 6,268.51 for reads and 7,696.09 for writing.

The Kingston KC2500 comes slightly behind the 512GB Adata XPG SX8200 Pro Overall, and it should be noted that Adata made this drive with a simple heat spreader, which may have some effect. Both models use the same 3D TLC flash, have exactly the same controller and comparable endurance ratings, which makes an interesting comparison together. Currently, the price of the SX8200 Pro is very low.

Ndtv Kingston behind Kingston kc2500

The Kingston KC2500 has components on both sides of the physical module

Judgment

Kingston delivered the SSD very fast, with reasonable specifications, in no fast package. If you are building a new PC, you should definitely get a good SSD, and even if you already have a SATA SSD you can get a huge boost in performance by moving with NVMe instead. Whether it’s loading heavy games or completing daily work, this is the way to go.

The 500GB KC2500 is definitely competitive in terms of performance, but much more expensive. The 500GB model is priced at around Rs. 8,900 online. You can also choose the equivalent Adata XPG SX8200 Pro or Excellent WD Black SN750 Or Samsung SSD 970 Evo Plus Rs. 7,500, and it’s a good price to try to beat Kingston. If you are looking for high performance models, the price gap between the KC2500 and its competitors makes it much larger.

Since there are often significant discounts on SSDs, it is always a good idea to keep an eye on sales, and moreover, prices will continue to fall anyway. The Kingston KC2500 is a good SSD at an unfortunate price, so if you find it selling for less than the competition, you should definitely choose one.

Kingston KC2500
Prices (MOP):

250 GB: Rs. 4,950
500 GB: Rs. 8,900
1TB: Rs. 17,200
2TB: Rs. 34,000

Pros

  • Overall good performance
  • Corporate security features
  • Useful bundle software
  • Five year warranty

Cons

  • High price
  • Thin retail package

Ratings (out of 5)

  • Performance: 4.5
  • Value for money: 3.5
  • Total: 4


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