Kingston Introduces its Newest KC2000 NVMe PCIe SSD

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For those in the market for a new NVMe SSD Kingston has released its newest drive the KC2000, which doesn’t roll off the tongue particularly well.

The new drive is an NVMe M.2 PCIe SSD aimed at both enterprise and enthusiast users. It uses TLC NAND and read and write speeds up to 3,200 and 2,200MB/s, respectively. It’s also a self encrypting drive for those looking to keep their data secure.

Here’s a rundown on the new hardware:

“KC2000 is designed for high-performance client usage especially intensive workloads on PCs and workstations that demand speed and reliability, the drive provides greater flexibility, is available in multiple capacities up to 2TB2 and its M.2 form factor saves space. KC2000 is the perfect SSD for users looking for the ultimate storage upgrade.”

Justin Karasek – SSD business manager, Kingston

Kingston KC2000 NVMe PCIe SSD Features and Specifications:

  • Incredible NVMe PCIe performance
  • Supports a full-security suite (TCG Opal 2.0, AES 256-bit, eDrive)
  • Ideal for desktop, workstations and high-performance computing (HPC) systems
  • Upgrade your PC with capacities up to 2TB2
  • Form Factor: M.2 2280
  • Interface: NVMe PCIe Gen 3.0 x 4 Lanes
  • Capacities2: 250GB, 500GB, 1TB, 2TB
  • Controller: SMI 2262EN
  • NAND: 96-layer 3D TLC
  • Encrypted: AES 256-bit Hardware-based Encryption
  • Sequential Read/Write: 250GB – up to 3,000/1,100MB/s; 500GB – up to 3,000/2,000MB/s; 1TB – up to 3,200/2,200MB/s; 2TB – up to 3,200/2,200MB/s
  • Random 4K Read/Write: 250GB – up to 350,000/200,000 IOPS; 500GB – up to 350,000/250,000 IOPS; 1TB – up to 350,000/275,000 IOPS; 2TB – up to 250,000/250,000 IOPS
  • Total Bytes Written (TBW): 250GB – 150TBW; 500GB – 300TBW; 1TB – 600TBW; 2TB – 1.2PBW
  • Power Consumption: .003W Idle / .2W Avg / 2.1W (MAX) Read / 7W (MAX) Write KC2000 NVMe PCIe SSD Part Number Capacity SKC2000M8/250G 250GB KC2000 NVMe PCIe SSD SKC2000M8/500G 500GB KC2000 NVMe PCIe SSD SKC2000M8/1000G 1000GB KC2000 NVMe PCIe SSD SKC2000M8/2000G 2000GB KC2000 NVMe PCIe SSD
  • Storage Temperature: -40°C~85°C
  • Operating Temperature: 0°C~70°C
  • Dimensions: 80mm x 22mm x 3.5mm
  • Weight: 250GB – 8g; 500GB – 10g; 1TB – 10g; 2TB – 11g
  • Vibration Operating: 2.17G Peak (7-800Hz)
  • Vibration Non-operating: 20G Peak (20-1000Hz)
  • MTBF: 2,000,000
  • Warranty/Support: Limited 5-year warranty with free technical support

KC2000 NVMe PCIe SSD is available in 250GB, 500GB, 1TB and 2TB capacities, and will have an MSRP of $62.40, $114.40, $201.50, and $410.80.

Niche Gamer’s Take: The drive is priced higher than most drives in its class but the added encryption is something missing from all those drives. If security is important to you, you might want to consider picking this up, otherwise you might consider skipping it.

EDIT: Added Prices

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Allen Watts


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