Kingston KC2500 1 TB M.2 NVMe SSD Review 10

Kingston KC2500 1 TB M.2 NVMe SSD Review

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With revenue in the multi-billion dollars, Kingston is the largest DRAM and flash memory products vendor in the world. While their strongest suit is in memory modules and USB/flash card storage, they are also a major player in the SSD market.

Today, we bring you our Kingston KC2500 review. Earlier this year, we posted a review of the Kingston KC2000, an SSD that's very similar to the KC2500. The KC2500 is actually using the exact same hardware components, the only difference is the firmware, which has been optimized for better performance. To be more specific, sequential transfer rates have been optimized.

Internally, the Kingston KC2500 uses a Silicon Motion SM2262ENG controller paired with Toshiba 96-layer TLC flash. Two 512 MB DDR3-1866 DRAM chips provide 1 GB of storage for the mapping tables of the SSD. To connect to the host system, the Kingston KC2500 uses the PCI-Express 3.0 x4 interface.

Kingston's KC2500 SSD is available in capacities of 250 GB ($77), 500 GB ($105), 1 TB ($184), and 2 TB ($382). Endurance for these models is set to 150 TBW, 300 TBW, 600 TBW, and 1200 TBW respectively. Kingston provides a five-year warranty for the KC2500.

Specifications: Kingston KC2500 1 TB
Capacity:1000 GB (931 GB usable)
24 GB additional overprovisioning
Controller:Silicon Motion SM2262ENG
Flash:Toshiba 15 nm, 96-layer 3D TLC
Rebranded as Kingston
DRAM:2x 512 MB Kingston DDR3-1866
Endurance:600 TBW
Form Factor:M.2 2280
Interface:PCIe Gen 3 x4, NVMe 1.3
Device ID:KINGSTON SKC2500M81000G
Warranty:5 years
Price at Time
of Review:
$185 / 19 cents per GB
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