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Kingston A2000 1TB NVMe PCIe Gen3 M.2 SSD Review (Page 2)

By Jon Coulter from 1 week, 4 days ago
TweakTown Rating: 94%Manufacturer: KingstonModel: SA2000M8/1000G

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Kingston rates sequential performance for the 1TB A2000 at up to 2,200 MB/s read and 2,000 MB/s write. We had no problem meeting and exceeding factory specs on our AMD Zen 2 platform, even with the drive running as our OS disk 50% filled with data. Plenty fast for most users to be sure, however we are much more impressed with the drive's random read performance at QD1.

When an SSD delivers a random read performance of 73 MB/s at QD1 we expect a great user experience will ensue, and that is exactly what we are getting from Kingston's A2000 1TB.

Anvil's Storage Utilities

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The A2000's 4-channel controller is meant to be cost effective, and when compared with 8-channel controllers it doesn't deliver high sequential numbers or high IOPS at high queue depths. We are fine with that because user experience comes mainly from random read performance at QD1. The A2000 is serving up a whopping 17,000 IOPS where it matters most.

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We don't place much importance on max IOPS, we are just showing what the drive can deliver while running in our test-state. That said, we are easily exceeding factory specs.

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