Kingston KC3000 PCIe 4.0 NVMe M.2 SSD Review

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The Kingston KC3000 is the latest addition to the Kingston Nvme SSD market and the successor to the Kingston KC2000. The Kingston KC3000 uses a Phison PS5018-E18 controller and Micron’s B47R 3D TLC NAND. This is a fair common combination of PCIe 4.0 x4 NVMe on the market. The series is available in 512GB, 1TB, 2TB, and 4TB capacity options, all with a 5-year limited warranty

Kingston KC 3000 has the best sequential access performance of 7,000MB/s read, 7,000MB/s write, and 4K random access throughput of 1,000,000 IOPS.

The Kingston KC3000 2TB is warranted for five years or 1600TB of data written, whichever comes first. The write endurance is considerable and corresponds to 877 GB of data daily for five years. Enough to say that this endurance will never be put to the test of the user, except in cases of use in a server – an area for which this SSD is not necessarily intended.

Form FactorM.2 2280
InterfacePCIe 4.0 NVMe
Capacities2512GB, 1024GB, 2048GB, 4096GB
ControllerPhison E18
NAND3D TLC
Sequential read/write512GB – 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/write1512GB – 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)3512GB – 400TBW
1024GB – 800TBW
2048GB – 1.6PBW
4096GB – 3.2PBW
Power consumption512GB – 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 temperature0°C~70°C
Dimensions80mm x 22mm x 2.21mm (512GB-1024GB)
80mm x 22mm x 3.5mm (2048GB-4096GB)
Weight512GB-1024GB – 7g
2048GB-4096GB – 9.7g
Vibration operating2.17G peak (7-800Hz)
Vibration non-operating20G Peak (20-1000Hz)
MTBF1,800,000 hours
Warranty/Support4Limited 5-year warranty with free technical support

Performance

Kingston promises a sequential throughput of 7,000MB/s in reading and writing. Our Benchmarks since we noted an average of 7,300MB/s in sequential reading and 7,000MB/s in writing.

The result has been consistent with other benchmarking software we used.

The Kingston KC3000 heats up fast and strong. The thermal sticker does not work miracles and it seems unreasonable to use this SSD without adding a real heatsink. Be aware that most desktop motherboards now offer one as standard. Otherwise, you will have to turn to a third-party heatsink. Without this, the read/write rates tend to drop sharply, and there is a significant throttling above 75°C.

Software

The SSD Manager application can be downloaded from the Kingston website. This utility makes it possible to ensure the lifespan of the product, the presence of problems via the postponement of SMART instructions, or even to update the firmware of the SSD if a new one is available. Simple and effective, we do not ask much more.

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