Kingston’s KC2000 PCIe 3.0 NVMe Drive Arrives
The SM2262EN Meets Toshiba’s 96 Layer 3D TLC NAND
PCIe 4.0 has just arrived, however unlike the old SEx port you can actually buy products that use the new interface. The first few that arrived didn’t offer much of a performance increase over the previous generation, but we are starting to see newer controllers than might change that. (Controllers of the PCIe Gen 3 variety that suggest more than just improvements to straight line speed – Ed.)
Kitguru tested Kingston’s KC2000 and saw peak random reads of 308,960 IOPS (QD32), peak random write 321,974 IOPS (QD16) which fell a bit short of the rate 350,000 IOPS random reads on the packaging.
The drive is not all about speed, either, as the KC2000 is self-encrypting (using 256-bit AES Hardware-based encryption), which is attractive for security conscious users. The full review can be found here.
Sitting under both the company’s consumer and business banners – the KC2000 uses the latest Toshiba 96-layer NAND in combination with Silicon Motion’s newest SM2262EN controller.