Kingston KC2000 1TB NVMe M.2 SSD Review (Page 1)

Kingston KC2000 1TB NVMe M.2 SSD Review

Hardware-level encryption, premium TLC flash, and a blazing-fast SMI controller make Kingston's KC2000 one of the most desirable NVMe SSDs available.

| Apr 24, 2020 at 10:39 am CDT
Rating: 91%Manufacturer: KingstonModel: SKC2000M8/1000G


Kingston's KC2000 is a premium performance-oriented SSD that has been around for a while. Kingston's KC2000 is based on Silicon Motion's powerful SM2262EN 8-channel controller and BiCS4 96-layer TLC flash. This is not an uncommon configuration by any means; however, in the case of Kingston, theirs is unique, because Kingston is one of the few retailers that manufacture the SSDs they sell.

One thing we've noticed as of late is that many SSDs are faster when they first hit the market than they are when you buy them after they've been on the market for some time. This performance drop is usually attributable to cost mitigation. We often see production cost-reducing strategies in play that include a reduction in the amount of on SSD DRAM and lower performance flash.

We are mentioning this because Kingston's KC2000 is one of the few that we see doing the opposite - getting faster the longer it is on the market. The KC2000 1TB we have on our test bench today is notably faster than factory specs at launch. We like this because it indicates to us that Kingston is not implementing performance reducing cost mitigation strategies that we see others doing.

Kingston is one of the biggest retailers of memory products in the world, and one of the most trusted. The KC2000 is a testament to the fact that Kingston is committed to delivering as good as or even better than advertised performance over the life of the product.

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The KC2000 is a visually appealing piece of hardware due to the drive's black PCB.

Although not advertised on the packaging, the KC2000 does come with a free copy of Acronis imaging (cloning) software. This makes it a snap to clone your OS onto your new KC2000 SSD. The KC2000 supports true hardware encryption, as evidenced by its PSID key.

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Last updated: Apr 24, 2020 at 10:53 pm CDT

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