Kingston NV1 M2.2280 PCIe NVMe SSD

Kingston NV1 M2.2280 PCIe NVMe SSD – better than entry-level speed at a good price (review)


The Kingston NV1 M2.2280 PCIe NVMe SSD is an entry-level product at an excellent price – 50GB for $79 to 2TB for $269 or about 13 cents per GB. It is perfect for replacing or upgrading a PC or laptop where you don’t need bleeding-edge speed.

Having said that, it is no slouch either. Our 1TB review unit clocks 2073/1737MBps sequential read/write with equally impressive random read/write specs.

Kingston NV1 M2.2280 PCIe NVMe SSD

Price500GB/1TB/TB $79/139/269 (approx. 13 cents per GB)
Warranty3-years based on Terabytes written
500GB – 120TBW
1TB – 240TBW
2TB – 480TBW
DesignDRAMless meaning no bucket of high-speed DRAM cache to keep up sustained data transfer rates> Uses Phison PS5013-E13-31 controller
InterfacePCIe 3.0 x 4-lane
SoftwareAcronis True Image (take care – it is on a sticker inside the sealed package)
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Speed – more than you would expect

Despite being DRAMless, it is not bad on random read/write of files. But, having no cache, it starts well with large data copying and then quickly drops back to about 500MBps.

GadgetGuy’s take

Entry-level usually means SATA 6 performance (500Mbps) and low cost. Here the it is four times the speed. This has both the price advantage and PCIe NVMe – most SSDs at this price are SATA 6. It’s a tad cheaper than the Kingston A2000 series (has a DRAM cache) ad a lot cheaper than a DRAMless Samsung 980 (review here 9/10).

Kingston NV1 M2.2280 PCIe NVMe SSD
Kingston NV1 M2.2280 PCIe NVMe SSD has four times the speed of SDATA 6 SSD but costs about the same.
Value for money
Ease of use
Above SATA 6 SSD entry-level performance foir a similar low price
Acronis True Image software included
3-year warranty
DRAMless means no high-speed buffer, so you get slower data transfer rates
It can get toasty, so make sure the laptop can handle it
Lower-cost means shorter warranty and lower TBW ratings