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


The performance has been tested on the AMD Ryzen platform, which contains the Ryzen 9 5900X CPU, Biostar B550M-Silver motherboard,  ADATA Spectrix D50 16GB DDR4-3600 memory kit, and ASUS Strix RTX3070 graphics card. Everything closed in the Sharkoon Elite Shark CA700 chassis with the Sharkoon SilentStorm Cool Zero 850W 80+ Gold PSU.

All tests were performed in Windows 11 Pro x64 environment.

As usual, in my storage reviews, I will start with the ATTO Disk Benchmark. It’s one of the most popular storage benchmarks, and results are easy to compare at home.

The ATTO benchmark is usually showing results lower than expected. At least, in this case, the 6.95GB/s is not far from the declared maximum bandwidth, so we are satisfied with the results. This is already over twice as much as the KC2500 result.

CrystalDiskMark is showing us what I mentioned earlier. Even though the KC3000 is specified for slightly lower maximum bandwidth than the FURY Renegade SSD, it also passes 7300MB/s! We could reach 377MB/s higher maximum bandwidth than the specified maximum of the KC3000 SSD!

CrystalDiskMark also shows us exceptional results in random operations. Not many competitive SSD can come even close to these results. I assume that if we used the Intel platform, then these results would be even better. We will check that soon during the upcoming Z690 motherboard reviews.

Let’s look at UL PCMark series benchmarks as in these tests; we can see how the SSD performs in a mixed load environment, which simulates real-world workload.

In PCMark 10, the results are excellent. For the first time, we can see over 750MB/s in the data drive benchmark. All scores are very high and beat everything previously reviewed.


Anvil’s Storage Utilities is an older benchmark but still popular, so why not use it.

Even though results are, as usual, lower than we wish, then they are still pretty high. The maximum IOPS in this benchmark is twice as high as that of the KC2500 SSD. It’s a nice improvement over a year.

The last tests will be random read and write in AIDA64 Disk Benchmark.

I’ve added AIDA64 tests recently as we can see the performance based on random operations, divided for reading and writing.  These tests also take 15-20 minutes, so they are not only a quick pass but use more data.

As expected, in both AIDA64 tests, the KC3000 achieved the best so far results with an average of 2770MB/s read and 3014MB/s write. This is up to ten times more than a typical SATA SSD. I wonder where will take us PCIe 5.0 drives which will probably appear on the market in a year. So far, we for sure can’t complain as the current PCIe 4.0 SSDs are a huge improvement over the last generation, and the KC3000 is about the fastest single SSD you can get.


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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.