Kingston Launches KC2000 NVMe PCIe SSD Lineup

Kingston is kicking things off with another go at the NVMe market and this time they're doing it with the new KC2000 NVMe PCIe SSD.  The Kingston KC2000 lineup is using a Gen 3.0 x4 Silicon Motion controller taking the lead on Toshiba's 96-layer 3D TLC NAND.  They're claiming read speeds up to 3200MB/s and write speeds up to 2200MB/s. The KC2000 is targeting more of the professional and high powered computing markets first while still being a solid option for regular users and gamers.  Security has been all over the news lately and is a primary focus on the KC2000 with their 256-bit AES Hardware-based encryption and compatibility with TCG Opal 2.0 security solutions along with built-in support for Microsoft eDrive support

Kingston’s KC2000 NVMe PCIe SSD delivers powerful performance using the latest Gen 3.0 x 4 controller and 96-layer 3D TLC NAND. With read/write speeds up to 3,200/2,200MB/s1, KC2000 delivers outstanding endurance and improves the workflow in desktop, workstations, and high-performance computing (HPC) systems. The compact M.2 design gives greater flexibility, increasing storage but also saving space. Available in capacities from 250GB–2TB2 to meet your system’s needs.

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KC2000 is a self-encrypting drive that supports end-to-end data protection using 256-bit AES Hardware-based encryption and allows the usage of independent software vendors with TCG Opal 2.0 security management solutions such as Symantec, McAfee, WinMagic® and others. KC2000 also has built-in Microsoft eDrive support, a security storage specification for use with BitLocker.


Features and Benefits

- Incredible NVMe PCIe performance — Using the latest Gen
3.0 x 4 controller reach speeds up to 3,200/2,200MB/s1
- Full-security suite — Protect and secure your data with Kingston’s
self-encrypting drive
- Optimal systems — Ideal for desktop, workstations, and high-
performance computing (HPC) systems.
- Multiple capacities — Upgrade your PC with capacities up
to 2TB2


-Form Factor M.2 2280
- Interface NVMeTM PCIe Gen 3.0 x 4 Lanes
- Capacities2 250GB, 500GB, 1TB, 2TB
- Controller SMI 2262EN
-NAND 96-layer 3D TLC
- Encrypted AES 256-bit Encryption

- Sequential Read/Write

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  • 250GB – up to 3,000/1,100MB/s 500GB – up to3,000/2,000MB/s
  • 1TB – up to 3,200/2,200MB/s 2TB – up to 3,200/2,200MB/s

- Random 4K Read/Write1

  • 250GB – up to 350,000/200,000 IOPS
  • 500GB – up to 350,000/250,000 IOPS
  • 1TB – up to 350,000/275,000 IOPS
  • 2TB – up to 250,000/250,000 IOPS

- Total Bytes Written (TBW)3

  • 250GB – 150TBW 500GB – 300TBW
  • 1TB – 600TBW 2TB – 1.2PBW

- Power Consumption

  • .003W Idle / .2W Avg / 2.1W (MAX) Read / 7W (MAX) Write

- Storage Temperature -40°C~85°C
- Operating Temperature 0°C~70°C
-Dimensions 80mm x 22mm x 3.5mm
- Weight

  • 250GB – 8g 500GB – 10g
  • 1TB – 10g 2TB – 11g

- Vibration Operating 2.17G Peak (7-800Hz)
- Vibration Non-operating 20G Peak (20-1000Hz)
- MTBF 2,000,000
- Warranty/Support4
Limited 5-year warranty with free technical support

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