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Review: Kingston KC2500 NVMe PCIe SSD (1TB)

by Tarinder Sandhu on 28 July 2020, 14:01

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Test Setup

HEXUS 2020 Test Platform

Component Product Page
Processor AMD Ryzen 9 3950X
Motherboard Asus ROG Crosshair VIII Formula
CPU Cooler Corsair Hydro Series H150i Pro RGB
Graphics Card Sapphire Nitro+ RX 5700 XT 8G GDDR6 SE
Memory G.Skill Trident Z Neo DDR4-3200 (2x16GB)
Storage 2TB Corsair MP600
Power Supply be quiet! Straight Power 11 Platinum 1,000W
Network Card Asus XG-C100C 10GBase-T PCIe Adapter
Chassis Fractal Design Define 7 Clear Tempered Glass
Monitor Philips Momentum 436M6VBPAB
Keyboard Corsair K70 RGB MK.2 Low Profile Rapidfire
Mouse Corsair Ironclaw RGB
Operating System Microsoft Windows 10 Pro

Comparison Drive Configurations

Model Capacity Form Factor Controller Firmware Protocol / Interface Reviewed
HEXUS Review
Sabrent Rocket 4.0 NVMe 1TB M.2 2280 Phison E16 RKT401.2 NVMe / PCIe 4.0 x4 £170 Link
Corsair Force Series MP600 1TB M.2 2280 Phison E16 EGFM11.3 NVMe / PCIe 4.0 x4 £195 N/A
Kingston KC2500 1TB M.2 2280 SMI 2262EN S7780100 NVMe / PCIe 3.0 x4 £170 Link
WD Blue SN550 1TB M.2 2280 WD In-House 211070WD NVMe / PCIe 3.0 x4 £110 Link
Kioxia Exceria 1TB M.2 2280 Toshiba TC58NC1202GST 12.7 NVMe / PCIe 3.0 x4 £105 Link
Crucial MX300 1TB 2.5in Marvell 88SS1074 M0CR070 AHCI / SATA 3.0 N/A N/A


CrystalDiskMark 7 CrystalDiskMark provides various storage benchmarks, but we're interested in the sequential and and 4K numbers.
Custom Torture Test Copying a 93.8GB, 20,704-file folder back on to the drive.
Final Fantasy XIV Shadowbringers An alternative storage benchmark used to gauge game load time.
PCMark 10 Storage PCMark 10's full system drive test is a demanding workload with a heavy, continuous load.
SPECworkstation 3.0.4 Hammering the drive by running the intensive SPEC workstation storage trace program and recording raw results.