Kingston KC2500 Review

Kingston’s latest KC2500 is the newest model M.2 Nvme SSD from Kingston. The model might sound new initially, but looks-wise the new Kingston KC2500 leverages the same components as it’s previous models. 

The Kingston KC2500 M.2 NVMe is available in sizes ranging from 250 GB to 2 TB with a 96 layer 3D TLC NAND. This makes it perfect for high-performance endurance systems like workstations, high-performance systems, and other desktops. 

The Kingston KC2000 is equipped with Silicon Motion’s SMI 2262EN high-performance gen 3 controller which is pretty well known to hit some insane copy and write speeds. Kingston claims speeds up to 3,500 MB/s read and 2900 MB/s write which in turn converts to 375,000 IOPS read and 300,000 IOPS write which is a small bump from its predecessor. 

This drive is also packed with some basic security and backup features where the drive itself is a self-encrypting drive that supports an end to end data protection via the XTS-AES 256 bit hardware-based encryption and also supports independent security software vendors that support the TCG Opal 2.0 Security solution management solution like McAfee, Symantec, WinMagic and more. 

Well, enough talking let’s dive into the review. For our review, we have the Kingston KC2500 480GB model.

Kingston KC2500 Specifications

Form Factor M.2 2280
Interface NVMe PCIe Gen 3.0 x 4 Lanes
Capacities 250GB, 500GB, 1TB, 2TB
Controller SMI 2262EN
NAND 96-layer 3D TLC
Encrypted XTS-AES 256 bit
Sequential Read/Write 250GB – up to 3,500/1,200MB/s 500GB – up to 3,500/2,500MB/s 1TB – up to 3,500/2,900MB/s 2TB – up to 3,500/2,900MB/s
Random 4K Read/Write 250GB – up to 375,000/300,000 IOPS 500GB – up to 375,000/300,000 IOPS 1TB – up to 375,000/300,000 IOPS 2TB – up to 375,000/300,000 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
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

Here’s a small comparison of the Kingston KC2500 NVMe SSD compared to Kingston V300 SSD in Crystaldisk info : 

Kingston SSD
Kingston KC2500 Nvme SSD
Kingston KC2500 Nvme SSD

What I feel about the Kingston KC2500 : 

Installation is pretty straight forward. In my case, a raiser screw was required to install the Kingston KC2500 on my motherboard (MSI B450 Tomahawk max) which was included with the motherboard. So, if you have one consider yourself lucky and get started with the installation. 

Once install, you have to create a new drive with the NVMe drive which you just installed. You can use this guide on Origins PC that will save you some time to add your new drive to your computer. 

There’s nothing much you can talk about the drive except the insane loading speeds you can get on your game loading speeds and some copy speeds that you can not have imagined. For example, I moved my massive 250 GB of Call of Duty Warzone from my SSD to an NVMe drive which barely took 10 minutes with over 350 MB/s copy rate. That was really satisfying. 

Apart from that, I tried to game and record the gameplay to the same drive. Meaning, the game was loaded from the Kingston KC2500 and was recorded back to the same drive as .mkv format without any hiccup. 

The exact model I use – Kingston KC2500 NVMe PCIe SSD -SKC2500M8/500G M.2 2280 Internal – PCI Express NVMe (PCI Express NVMe 3.0 x4) costs Rs. 9.649 on as on 14/09/2020. The price-to-performance ratio is definitely good and would definitely recommended to someone who is looking to get some good speeds and insane loading speeds for your daily work, productivity and gaming. 

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