Kingston KC3000 2TB NVMe M.2 PCIe 4.0 SSD Review


The specifications table shows how significant improvements have been made since the KC2500 release. The KC3000 seems to be about three times as fast as the KC2500 SSD, but of course, we will check that in our tests.

Form Factor M.2 2280
Interface PCIe 4.0 NVMe
Capacities 512GB, 1024GB, 2048GB, 4096GB
Controller Phison E18
Sequential Read/Write 512GB – 7,000/3,900MB/s
1024GB – 7,000/6,000MB/s
2048GB – 7,000/7,000MB/s
4096GB – 7,000/7,000MB/s
Random 4K Read/Write 512GB – up to 450,000/900,000 IOPS
1024GB – up to 900,000/1,000,000 IOPS
2048GB – up to 1,000,000/1,000,000 IOPS
4096GB – up to 1,000,000/1,000,000 IOPS
Total Bytes Written (TBW) 512GB – 400TBW
1024GB – 800TBW
2048GB – 1.6PBW
4096GB – 3.2PBW
Power Consumption 512GB – 5mW Idle / 0.34W Avg / 2.7W (MAX) Read / 4.1W (MAX) Write
1024GB – 5mW Idle / 0.33W Avg / 2.8W (MAX) Read / 6.3W (MAX) Write
2048GB – 5mW Idle / 0.36W Avg / 2.8W (MAX) Read / 9.9W (MAX) Write
4096GB – 5mW Idle / 0.36W Avg / 2.7W (MAX) Read / 10.2W (MAX) Write
Storage Temperature -40°C~85°C
Operating Temperature 0°C~70°C
Dimensions 80mm x 22mm x 2.21mm (512GB-1024GB)
80mm x 22mm x 3.5mm (2048GB-4096GB)
Weight 512GB-1024GB – 7g
2048GB-4096GB – 9.7g
Vibration Operating 2.17G Peak (7-800Hz)
Vibration Non-operating 20G Peak (20-1000Hz)
MTBF 1,800,000 hours
Warranty/support Limited 5-year warranty with free technical support

The SSD supports all the latest technologies to improve stability, data protection, and performance.

Like the previous Kingston NVMe SSD series, also the KC3000 is covered by a 5-year warranty. The 2TB SSD has a very high TBW rating of 1.6PBW, so it will easily last five years in a home or office PC.

Above is a screenshot from CrystalDiskInfo, which shows us that the SSD is in perfect condition. The drive arrived with a 0TB written.

The temperature of the drive is typically between 30-60°C depending on the load. The maximum specified temperature is 70°C, but as long as our computer has some airflow, then it shouldn’t be so high. We haven’t noticed thermal throttling during the tests, so even if it occurs, then it’s meaningless.



Product Photos and a Closer Look

The package is about the same as that of the KC2000 or KC2500. It’s cardboard with blister-type protection for the SSD. It’s enough to deliver all the necessary info about the drive and protect the drive itself for the time of transport. The new is for sure package’s design. A cherry-red mixed with white looks great and for sure will catch an eye in a retail store.

Kingston offers Acronis cloning software with all SSD. It’s a handy tool that may save us the long hours required for software reinstallation. The installation guide is under the link – click.

The new Kingston SSDs were released in two versions. The KC3000 SSD is designed for more professional users, while the FURY Renegade SSD is designed more with gamers and enthusiasts on the mind. Both SSDs are not much different and deliver top performance. Both use black PCB, which perfectly fits every PC. There is also a thin graphene heatsink that helps to keep optimal temperatures of the SSD.

Above, you can see the test platform. Typically, gaming motherboards have their own M.2 heatsinks, while used for this review Biostar B550M-Silver doesn’t have it.

On the next page, we will take a closer look at test results.


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Bartosz Waluk aka Woomack is from Poland. He's been interested in computer hardware and extreme overclocking for over 15 years. Bartosz has also over 12 years experience in IT what includes sales, technical support and computer building ... but not only. He joined the Funky Kit team in January 2013.