The new Kingston KC2500 is an M.2 NVMe PCIe Gen 3 x 4 lane SSD. Sequential read/write tests show up to 3500/2900MBps – blazingly fast.
The trick, however, is to use it in computers and laptops with a PCI3 3.1 4 lane M.2 slot – many are only 2 lanes delivering half the speed.
It is also significant as the Kingston KC2500 uses the latest 96-layer 3D QLC VNAND (manufacturer Toshiba) enabling up to 2TB on a single M.2. We won’t see higher capacities until 128-layer VNAND is common. Samsung has a 160-layer in the works.
The self-encrypting SSD supports full-security AES-XTS 256-bit hardware-based encryption. It allows the usage of independent software vendors with TCG Opal 2.0 security management solutions such as Symantec, McAfee, WinMagic and others. The KC2500 has built-in Microsoft eDrive support, a security storage specification for use with BitLocker.
Kingston has a five-year warranty. It sells via major IT component outlets like Mwave, Scorptec etc.
Review: Kingston KLC2500
There are no figures on sustained data transfer rates. Nor is the website forthcoming on cache types or sizes which can make a huge difference to performance. It has a Silicon Motion SMI SM2262EN controller and an unspecified amount of DDR3L cache. We also assume it can dynamically allocate QLC as second-level SLC cache.
We understand that its performance is similar to the WD Black SN750 and Samsung 970 Pro EVO (note the prices in these reviews are out of date), although write performance is a little lower. Test on an Intel NUC 10 – the perfect mini powerhouse PC.
It comes with cloning and management software. Perfect for power users.
Kingston KC2500 price
Prices are approximate from mWave.com.au and have dropped considerably since the mid-2020 release.
250GB $100 (40 cents per GB)
500GB $170 (34 cents per GB)
1TB $300 (302 cents per GB)
2TB $600 (30 cents per GB)
Kingston KC2500 M.2 NVMe PCIe Gen 3 x 4 lane SSD – blazingly fast (review)
Value for money
Ease of use
Very fast - if not the fastest
Acronis True Image HD Cloning software included
None really - wish there were more detailed specs on the website