Kingston KC2500 NVMe SSD Review

May 2, 2021

Built for high performance.

The Lowdown

Made for users both casual and professional, the Kingston KC2500 brings a fast and secure SSD solution that should satisfy your storage needs.

The Review

SSDs are now a common part of any computer hardware. Speed and size are usually the top things needed by users nowadays, and companies like Kingston are constantly offering ways to satisfy user’s storage needs. Enter the Kingston KC2500, a refresh of the KC2000 released in 2019 that utilizes similar hardware to its processor with some notable upgrades. The KC2500 features a higher speed that doesn’t compromise long-term use, perfect for the increasing speed and storage needs of any prosumer.

Available in capacities starting from 250GB up to 2TB (1TB tested here), the KC2500 brings a PCIe 3.0 x4 link, with supported read and write speeds of up to 3,500 MB/s and 2,900 MB/s respectively. The KC2500 is also a self-encrypting drive that supports XTS-AES 256-bit hardware encryption for data protection. It’s also TCG Opal 2.0 compliant and it also meets the IEEE-1667 standards – meaning that it provides ample security for your data.

I installed the KC2500 on my current rig that runs on the AMD Ryzen 5 5600X CPU, Asus TUF X570 board and 16GB of RAM. I got decent results on ATTO Disk Benchmark, which offered 3.16 GB/s read speeds and 2.85 GB/s write speeds that are close to what Kingston has claimed. I also got similar results on CrystalDiskMark with 3.22 GB/s read speeds and 2.33 GB/s write speeds.

Overall, the Kingston KC2500 performed well with our tests and while it may be priced a little higher compared to its competitors, it is still one of the best-performing NVMe SSD drives we’ve reviewed.

We Love: 

+ Great performance

+ XTS-AES 256-bit encryption

We Hate: 

– Higher priced compared to its competitors

Final Rating: 4/5

by Victor
Tech Enthusiast and Movie Buff.