Kingston A2000 NVMe PCIe SSD Review (1TB) – High Speed & Capacity at Under $99

ANVIL STORAGE UTILITIES PROFESSIONAL

Anvil’s Storage Utilities (ASU) are the most complete test bed available for the solid state drive today. The benchmark displays test results for, not only throughput but also, IOPS and Disk Access Times. Not only does it have a preset SSD benchmark, but also, it has included such things as endurance testing and threaded I/O read, write and mixed tests, all of which are very simple to understand and use in our benchmark testing.

AJA VIDEO SYSTEM DISK TEST

The AJA Video Systems Disk Test is relatively new to our testing and tests the transfer speed of video files with different resolutions and Codec.

TxBENCH

TxBench is one of our newly discovered benchmarks that we works much the same as Crystal Diskmark, but with several other features.  Advanced load benchmarking can be configured, as well as full drive information and data erasing via secure erase, enhanced secure erase, TRIM and overwriting.  Simply click on the title for a free copy.

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Les, this is a nice review, and the price is unbelievable! However, could you please continue to include the Real World File Transfer Comparison with your reviews? It may be nitpicking, but I like seeing that included. Thanks for introducing us to this excellent SSD!

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Thanks for the review! I may buy one or two of these.

From what I can tell the version of Acronis that Kingston gives you for a download is 3 years old, maybe more. I may be wrong, but their download page points to a version that was around in 2016. If that’s the case then you do not get a free copy of software that is worth $59. This drive may still be worth $99, but please try to find out if it does indeed ship with software that retails for $59.

LaszloK
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can you tell us what’s the max temp it reaches?
also, does it have any monitoring SW?

Bibbit
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Bibbit

I contacted Kingston and was told the A2000 does not come with Acronis.

Hi Bibbit,

Only drives purchased together with bundle kits receive Acronis download keys. This drive does not come with a bundle kit. You can use the free software download Macrium Reflect. I have provided the link below.

https://www.macrium.com/reflectfree

Thank you for selecting Kingston Technology.

William
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I bought this SSD and yes, I did get a key for Acronis which I could download from Kingston’s website. I don’t know if it’s a regional thing or not, but in Sweden it does come with Acronis.

Erik
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Erik

What retailer in Sweden?

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I’ve got Corsair MP510 240GB PCIe x4 NVMe as my primary system drive, time came to expand so I want to buy Kingston 1TB M.2 A2000 NVMe PCIe x4 but in my mobo specification second m.2 slot is x2. What would be smart? Leave it be – using MP510 as system and A2000 at half speed or maybe configure RAID (which one?) I’ll just say I’m a casual user but wolud like to do this as best as I can. (MOBO -Aorus b450 elite). Thanks guys

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An x2 interface will work just fine. You’ll not get the full speed of the SSD, in particular, the sequential speeds will be down, but it should work.