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Kingston KC2000 High-Performance NVMe SSD Review (Page 3)

By Chris Ramseyer from Jul 19, 2019 @ 9:10 CDT
TweakTown Rating: 93%Manufacturer: Kingston

Game Load Time

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The lower random read performance at low queue depths only has a small impact on the KC2000 in our game load time test. The difference between the ADATA SX8200 Pro and KC2000 is less than a second. This is good news for gamers looking for another high-quality NVMe SSD to get an advantage on the competition in online gaming.

PCMark 8 Total Storage Bandwidth

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PCMark 8 uses a wider range of applications to measure disk performance. The nine applications run through ten tests measuring performance along the way. We summarize the numbers into an easy to read throughput score to present the data.

The KC2000 only trails the ADATA SX8200 Pro (and the HPX EX950 not on the charts today) in these general use applications.

PCMark 8 Extended Storage Test

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The PCMark 8 Extended Test takes the previous nine applications to build each measure point but preconditions the drives first to start the tests in a degraded state. For most users, the area we care about are the five recovery phases. If you use these drives in a workstation with heavy write workloads, then you should pay closer attention to the steady-state phases of the test.

In our extended sequential write test, the Kingston KC2000 showed more resiliency with its SLC cache. That carried over to this test where we see the KC2000 outperforming the SX8200 Pro in both the steady-state portion and the recovery phase.

SYSmark 2014 SE System Responsiveness Test

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In the SYSmark Responsiveness Test, we see the KC2000 does not deliver the explosive user experience as the SX8200 Pro in office applications.

MobileMark 2012 v. 1.5 Notebook Battery Life

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The large lot of components on the 500GB KC2000 require power to operate and that taxes our Lenovo Y700-17 system. The drive delivered 306 minutes or just over five hours in our gaming-focused notebook. The result was just 18 minutes shy of the SX8200 Pro with the same controller.

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