Kingston KC2000 1TB M.2 2280 NVMe SSD Review: Page 5 of 6

Posted by Damon Bailey on Tuesday, August 13, 2019 - 8:00am

System Configuration & Testing

CPU: AMD Ryzen 9 3900X

Motherboard: ASUS ROG Crosshair VIII Hero

RAM: 32GB HyperX Predator RGB 3200Mhz

GPU: Nvidia RTX 2080 FE

Drive: Kingston KC2000 1TB

OS: Windows 10 Professional X64 (1903)


Kingston KC2000 1TB M.2 2280 NVMe SSD

Initialized as GPT and formatted as NTFS in windows, we get a useable space of 931GB.



An HDD/SSD utility software which supports a part of USB, Intel RAID, and NVMe.

Kingston KC2000 1TB M.2 2280 NVMe SSD

CrystalDiskInfo shows the drive connected at a full PCIe 3.0 x4 and using NVMe 1.3.


ATTO Disk Benchmark

“As the industry's leading provider of high-performance storage & network connectivity products, ATTO has created a widely-accepted Disk Benchmark freeware utility to help measure storage system performance. As one of the top tools utilized in the industry, Disk Benchmark identifies performance in hard drives, solid-state drives, RAID arrays as well as connections to storage. Top drive manufacturers, like Hitachi, build and test every drive using the ATTO Disk Benchmark"

Kingston KC2000 1TB M.2 2280 NVMe SSD

ATTO comes in around 2.8GB/s on reads, a touch lower than advertised but still solid. Writes are right on the mark at 2.2 GB/s.


CrystalDiskMark 6.0

“CrystalDiskMark is designed to quickly test the performance of your hard drives. Currently, the program allows measuring sequential and random read/write speeds."

Kingston KC2000 1TB M.2 2280 NVMe SSD

CrystalDiskMark shows a touch above the rated sequential speeds. It also shows really strong writes on 4K QD1 testing.


Anvil's Storage Utilities

Anvil's Storage Utilities is a powerful tool that was designed in order to provide you with a simple means of assessing the read and write performance of your Solid State Drive or Hard Disk Drive.

The benchmark tool helps you monitor and check the response time of your unit as well as view the system information collected using Windows Management Instrumentation (WMI).

Kingston KC2000 1TB M.2 2280 NVMe SSD

Anvil’s shows IOPS hitting 147K on reads with 2.85GB/s and writes hitting nearly 320k IOPS and 2.2GB/s. a total score of 14,566 is pretty impressive!



The AS SSD benchmark determines the performance of Solid State Drives (SSD). The tool contains six synthetic and three copy tests.

The synthetic tests determine the sequential and random read and write performance of the SSD. These tests are carried out without using the operating system cache. In Seq-test the program measures how long it takes to read a 1 GB file to write respectively. 4K test the read and write performance is determined at random 4K blocks. The 4K-64 corresponds to the test Third 4K procedure except that the read and write operations are distributed to 64 threads. This test should SSDs pose with Native Command Queuing (NCQ), differences between the IDE operation mode where NCQ is not supported, and the AHCI mode. The additional compression test can measure the power of the SSD in response to the compressibility of the data. This is especially for the controllers that use to increase the performance and life of the cell compression, important.

In the first three synthetic tests and the compression test, the size of the test file 1 GB. Finally, the access time of the SSD is calculated, wherein the access to read over the entire capacity of the SSD (Full Stroke) is determined. The write access test, however, is done with a 1 GB big test file.

Kingston KC2000 1TB M.2 2280 NVMe SSD

Reads come in a hair slow as is typical with AS SSD’s testing methods, but writes are pretty close to advertised speeds. For some reason, we can’t get a score on read access times, but the overall score is still great.

Kingston KC2000 1TB M.2 2280 NVMe SSD

File copy tests come in at really great speeds.

Kingston KC2000 1TB M.2 2280 NVMe SSD

During heavy writes, we see a couple of very short dips to around 1.2GB/s when we fill up the cache, but you won't see this in most real-world uses.


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