Kingston KC2000 High-Performance NVMe SSD Review (Page 4)

| Jul 19, 2019 at 9:10 am CDT
Rating: 93%Manufacturer: Kingston

Final Thoughts

Kingston brought a strong consumer NVMe SSD to market with the KC2000 series. The drive delivers ample performance, has a great look, and is a real competitor to the small number of names we often see the top, mainly those with EVO or Pro somewhere in the title.


The Kingston KC2000 is new to the market, and prices haven't stabilized yet. The 2TB model is missing in action, and only a third-party seller has the series on Amazon. Even with those hurdles, we think we have a good indication of where the KC2000 pricing will be for the first few months.

Today we looked at the 500GB model, and at the time of writing, Amazon had the drive at $115. The ADATA SX8200 Pro with 12GB more user capacity sells for $74.99 or roughly $40 less than the KC2000. This is a large hurdle for shoppers to overlook with SSD prices the lowest we've ever seen.

The KC2000 does support full disk hardware encryption with TCG Opal 2.0 and Microsoft's eDrive. This is a necessary feature for corporate users, and we often don't see it from non-fab companies.

The KC2000 delivers strong performance in the capacity we tested but all of the components taxes notebook battery life compared to similar products shipping today. This is also an area corporate users care about.

All things considered, the KC2000 is a good NVMe SSD, but I'm not sure we would pay a premium for it to use in a computer that doesn't require encryption features.

Last updated: Nov 15, 2019 at 01:16 pm CST





Overall Rating93%

The Bottom Line

Kingston brought out the Silicon Motion flagship controller and paired it with an unconventional memory combination for the KC2000. The drive delivers strong performance but lacks the full punch when paired with Micron TLC.

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