Kingston KC2500 NVMe SSD Review (1TB) – Pure Flash Performance


We have put the Kingston KC2500 Plus NVMe SSD beside the best in the business for our true to life data testing.  In this test, we simply place 15GB files representing music, video, pictures and operating systems onto the target drive.  We then copy each file from one place on the target disk to another, recording the time taken for the transfer.

Looking closely at this chart, we see the three newest PCIe 4×4 SSDs taking the first three spots which is a given, considering they spit out performance up to 5GB/s.  What we see next is exactly what we saw in PCMark 8.  The top two are the 970 Pro and the KC2500, the KC2500 being just behind the 970.


Having tested literally hundreds of SSDs, It’s always nice to be surprised now and then.  I hadn’t a clue that the Kingston KC2500 would stand as one of the top PCIe 3 M.2 SSDs in the industry and, for those looking for a premium SSD for specific applications, the Kingston KC2500 comes in at half the price of the industry leading Samsung 970 Pro NVMe SSD.

The Kingston KC2500 NVMe PCIe 3 SSD is capable of read data transfer speeds up to 3500MB/s and write speeds of 2900MB/s.  350k IOPS read and write is normal and our testing in PCMark 8, along with our own data transfer testing confirm that the Kingston KC2500 is definitely one of the fastest on the market.  It has a 5-year limited warranty and Amazon pricing for the 1TB version we are testing today is half that of the industry leading Samsung 970 Pro M.2 SSD, while performance almost matches that of the Samsung.  If you were asking if we would recommend this as a top tier SSD, considering price, performance, warranty and build?  Absolutely!

The only thing we might be a bit disappointed in is the fact that we haven’t got a 2TB version in our hands just yet!

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The Kingston KC2500 NVMe SSD is an industry leader with combined performance, warranty and value that cannot be touched.

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  1. Why you compare it to the PRO model of Samsung??? It’s like the EVO or EVO plus model. And their proces are quite SIMILIAR.

    Besides Kingston has been caught cheating (sending models with better performance to reviewers, but selling slower bits to comsumers…)

    • The review… speaks for itself with respect to comparison in both PCMark 8 and true data testing. Do you have a link where something was published to back up your claim of ‘cheating’ It’s false. Will leave your post for amusement though.

  2. Thanks for this great test! I will buy one KC2500 now 🙂

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