Today, the market for solid state drives is very large and it is quite difficult to choose something suitable. You can delve into tests and reviews of drives, or you can just buy a top-end SSD from any brand and not worry about “Did I make the right choice?” That is why I decided to buy a top-end SSD from Kingston (for today) and this is a 250GB KC2500.
I would like to note right away that I decided to buy the smallest volume in the series – two hundred and fifty gigabytes. This means that you cannot get the maximum speeds from this drive. But still, I really want to see what happens in the end. By the way, I also recommend that if you have an M.2 connector on your motherboard, be sure to buy an NVMe solid state drive. These drives are much faster than standard SATA SSDs, but also much hotter. The higher the speed, the higher the heating – physics cannot be fooled.
The packaging of Kingston drives is practically the same. It is always a cardboard blister with a transparent insert. Always on the packaging it is written in large how many times this SSD is faster than conventional hard drives, and here it is 45 times faster. The most important thing is that we can see our SSD through the transparent insert, and not buy a pig in a poke. By the way, the 5-year warranty is also marked on a large scale, which also refers it to the TOP solid-state drives.
On the reverse side of the cardboard packaging, everything is also standard – a bunch of small text about the warranty.
And, of course, the most important sticker on this drive is a sticker indicating the full drive model. The country of the manufacturer is also indicated – Made in Taiwan.
When you open the package, in addition to the M.2 solid-state drive, you will find a card with a unique code for Acronis True Image. Which will help you clone the system from your other drive. Nice bonus, albeit for the top SSD from Kingston.
The drive is made in a standard size for M.2 – 22 x 80 millimeters. A large decal covers the front side. Under the sticker are four TLC memory chips and an SM2262 controller.
On the reverse side of the elements, there is only one chip of DRAM-cache with a volume of 256 MB. But you can also see here that there is room for another DRAM cache chip and space for additional 4 memory chips (for example, for larger SSDs).
As for the speeds of this drive, no miracles happened. SSD did not show the declared speeds, especially since the speed drops rather quickly after writing a large amount of data to this drive. And that is why the 250GB version I would not attribute to the TOP drives, but you can really call it a good average.
As a result, the drive from Kingston turned out to be an update of the KC2000 series and changes were made only in the software part. But this, in addition to increasing the speed, also affected the temperature – now the drive heats up much less.
I still won’t recommend this SSD, because on the larger version, the drive shows much higher speeds.
The review is translated into english, the original review can be found on the source site.