Kingston KC2500 1TB review | PC Gamer

The KC2500 1TB isn’t Kingston’s first foray into NVMe SSD territory, but it’s fair to say from the outset that it’s probably its best so far. On paper there doesn’t seem to be a lot of difference between this and its previous offering, the KC2000—both the KC2000 and the KC2500 use the same Silicon Motion 2262EN controller and the same 96-layer 3D TLC NAND. The time difference between the release of the two drives has allowed Kingston to tweak things though, and tweak it has. The newer drive boasts a 300MB/s improvement on the read speeds alongside a 700MB/s boost to the writes. 

Kingston KC2500 specs

Capacity: 1TB
Controller: Silicon Motion 2262EN
NAND: 96-layer 3D TLC NAND
Interface: M.2 PCIe 3.0 x4
Rated seq. read: 3,500MB/s
Rated seq. write: 2,900MB/s
Warranty: 5 years

The KC2000 wasn’t a bad drive (and the KC2500 doesn’t actually replace it, it exists alongside it), it was just a little off the pace of the best drives at launch. This is more of a problem because the SSD landscape is constantly changing, and the KC2000 was in danger of being left behind. The speed increase to the KC2500 means that Kingston has a relevant drive in the performance space again, and while it isn’t a PCIe 4.0 offering, the rated throughputs are in the same league as the likes of the Samsung 970 Evo Plus and WD Black SN750, which are drives we recommend in our best SSD for gaming guide.

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