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Kingston A2000 M.2 NVMe SSD Benchmarked

Allen Ngo 👁, 13.10.2019

High performance at a reasonable price. Kingston wants to drive the price down for NVMe SSDs without having to sacrifice performance along the way. The A2000 series looks to have achieved this especially when compared to budget NVMe SSDs like the Toshiba BG3 series.

NVMe SSDs have been slowly replacing SATA SSDs on most laptops. Unfortunately, entry-level NVMe SSDs like the SK Hynix PC401 or Toshiba BG3 tend to offer nowhere the performance of more well-known NVMe SSDs like the Samsung PM981 or WD SN720. Sequential write rates for these budget NVMe drives can sometimes be under 500 MB/s to be slower than a standard SATA III SSD.

Kingston hopes to break this trend with the A2000 series of M.2 2280 NVMe SSDs. These drives are self-encrypting with a base 5-year limited warranty and they are already available on Amazon in 250 GB, 500 GB, and 1 TB solutions ranging from $40 to $130 USD. We recommend checking out the official product page here to learn more about the specifications of the A2000 series.

Storage Capacity Max Sequential Read (MB/s) Max Sequential Write (MB/s) Read IOPS Write IOPS
250 GB 2000 1100 150K 180K
500 GB 2200 2000 180K 200K
1 TB 2200 2000 250K 220K

Test System

Intel NUC8i7BEH Mini PC
Intel NUC8i7BEH Mini PC

Our test system is the Intel NUC8i7BEH able to house a primary 2.5-inch SATA III drive and a secondary M.2 PCIe x4 SSD. While the Kingston A2000 SSD installs with no issues, the packaging comes with no screws to secure the drive in place. Keep in mind that most laptops do not include the appropriate screw, either. At least Kingston includes a free activation key for Acronis True Image HD in each box.

See our review on the Intel NUC8i7BEH to learn more about the mini PC.

AS SSD & CrystalDiskMark

Kingston advertises sequential read and write rates of 2200 MB/s and 2000 MB/s, respectively, and CrystalDiskMark results essentially confirm the claims. These speeds are comparable to the costlier Samsung PM981 found on many flagship Ultrabooks.

Sequential read of small Q32T1 block sizes is perhaps the weakest aspect of the Kingston at about 2300 MB/s compared to 3000 MB/s or more on the Asura Genesis, Samsung PM981, or Toshiba XG6.

AS SSD
AS SSD
AS SSD
AS SSD
CDM 5.5
CDM 5.5
CDM 6
CDM 6
Kingston A2000
 
Intel NUC8i7BEH Asura NVMe SSD
Asura Genesis Xtreme NVMe M.2 SSD 1 TB
Dell XPS 15 7590 9980HK GTX 1650
Toshiba XG6 KXG60ZNV1T02
Dell G7 7590
Toshiba BG3 KBG30ZMS256G
Asus ROG G703GXR
Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB512HAJQ
Asus ZenBook Pro Duo UX581GV
Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB1T0HALR
Dell Latitude 5300
SK Hynix PC401 512GB M.2 (HFS512GD9TNG)
CrystalDiskMark 5.2 / 6
14%
-14%
-65%
-16%
-19%
-30%
Write 4K
193.7
272.4
41%
104.3
-46%
76.97
-60%
99.28
-49%
104
-46%
119.2
-38%
Read 4K
70.97
57.13
-20%
45.23
-36%
31.39
-56%
40.25
-43%
41.12
-42%
41.43
-42%
Write Seq
2044
2019
-1%
1729
-15%
230.1
-89%
2001
-2%
1898
-7%
1240
-39%
Read Seq
1992
1701
-15%
1861
-7%
847.6
-57%
2107
6%
1618
-19%
1668
-16%
Write 4K Q32T1
623
844.1
35%
509.2
-18%
152.1
-76%
348.3
-44%
408.7
-34%
381.7
-39%
Read 4K Q32T1
703.6
884.2
26%
388.5
-45%
316.6
-55%
391.5
-44%
358.5
-49%
371.5
-47%
Write Seq Q32T1
2173
2110
-3%
2813
29%
226.8
-90%
2003
-8%
2397
10%
1369
-37%
Read Seq Q32T1
2279
3463
52%
2906
28%
1395
-39%
3482
53%
3158
39%
2652
16%
Write 4K Q8T8
1071.5
Read 4K Q8T8
1167
AS SSD
17%
-7%
-136%
-17%
-9%
-26%
Score Total
3413
4454
31%
3638
7%
913
-73%
3856
13%
3970
16%
2586
-24%
Score Write
1385
2193
58%
1693
22%
245
-82%
1933
40%
2034
47%
1230
-11%
Score Read
1321
1502
14%
1294
-2%
463
-65%
1238
-6%
1278
-3%
935
-29%
Access Time Write *
0.075
0.083
-11%
0.039
48%
0.248
-231%
0.038
49%
0.118
-57%
0.051
32%
Access Time Read *
0.024
0.031
-29%
0.05
-108%
0.183
-663%
0.082
-242%
0.041
-71%
0.057
-138%
4K-64 Write
1041.08
1828.9
76%
1456.13
40%
152.89
-85%
1647.26
58%
1809.77
74%
1038.62
0%
4K-64 Read
1097.69
1221.61
11%
1077.98
-2%
332.08
-70%
1091.52
-1%
1092.42
0%
679.84
-38%
4K Write
150.57
173.28
15%
98.3
-35%
71.38
-53%
97.09
-36%
93.04
-38%
117.44
-22%
4K Read
61.02
51.94
-15%
43.25
-29%
29.57
-52%
43.83
-28%
44.99
-26%
43.02
-29%
Seq Write
1935.74
1908.19
-1%
1386.27
-28%
203.78
-89%
1888.14
-2%
1316.23
-32%
744.36
-62%
Seq Read
1622.45
2288.13
41%
1723.09
6%
1013.13
-38%
1030.27
-36%
1408.99
-13%
2123.49
31%
Durchschnitt gesamt (Programm / Settings)
16% / 16%
-11% / -10%
-101% / -106%
-17% / -17%
-14% / -13%
-28% / -28%

* ... kleinere Werte sind besser

ATTO

The slower read rates of smaller blocks as mentioned above become more apparent when running ATTO which tests performance across a wider range of block sizes. Read rates top out at 2 GB/s from 64 KB and higher compared to over 3 GB/s on the Asura Genesis or the Samsung 970 EVO Plus.

ATTO (Kingston A2000)
ATTO (Kingston A2000)
ATTO (Asura Genesis Extreme NVMe)
ATTO (Asura Genesis Extreme NVMe)
Kingston A2000Samsung 970 Evo Plus SSD (500 GB)Samsung 960 Pro 1TBIntel NUC8i7BEH Asura NVMe SSDDell Latitude 7285
ATTO Disk Benchmark
44%
23%
18%
-58%
8192KB write
2000000
3322220
66%
2079890
4%
1960000
-2%
554109
-72%
4096KB write
2000000
3322220
66%
2090010
5%
1960000
-2%
564467
-72%
2048KB write
1860000
3297730
77%
2090010
12%
1970000
6%
557948
-70%
1024KB write
1760000
3205200
82%
2100230
19%
1960000
11%
586388
-67%
16KB write
1410000
1153140
-18%
1102410
-22%
1160000
-18%
524483
-63%
8192KB read
2030000
2975270
47%
2960680
46%
2970000
46%
1099620
-46%
4096KB read
2060000
2975270
44%
3019900
47%
2960000
44%
1187170
-42%
2048KB read
1990000
2960680
49%
3026480
52%
2920000
47%
1351830
-32%
1024KB read
1870000
2811540
50%
3263860
75%
2860000
53%
1231950
-34%
16KB read
1450000
1173620
-19%
1257110
-13%
1440000
-1%
306332
-79%

Data Compression

The Kingston drive is able to maintain more stable read and write rates throughout the test when compared to the Samsung 970 EVO Plus with the exception of a short-lived dip to about 1330 MB/s as shown by the results below. This peculiar dip would repeat on subsequent reruns.

Data Compression (Kingston A2000)
Data Compression (Kingston A2000)
Data Compression (Samsung 970 EVO Plus)
Data Compression (Samsung 970 EVO Plus)

Temperature

HWiNFO reveals an idling temperature of 35 C compared to just 21 C on the Asura Genesis M.2 SSD which ships with a heat sink jacket. CrystalDiskMark stress causes SSD temperature to peak at 48 C to be warmer than what we recorded on the Asura Genesis by a few degrees. Keep in mind that the Asura is the faster drive as well.

System idle
System idle
CDM 6 stress
CDM 6 stress

Verdict

In review: Kingston A2000 1 TB. Test model provided by Kingston
In review: Kingston A2000 1 TB. Test model provided by Kingston

The popular 1 TB Samsung PM981 retails for closer to $200 USD compared to just $130 for the 1 TB Kingston A2000. If you want higher performance-per-dollar, then the Kingston A2000 will be your best bet. This is a drive that performs nearly as well as an enthusiast offering but at a more affordable price point.

Sequential read rates top out at about 2 GB/s compared to 3 GB/s on pricier drives, but the difference is actually marginal during day-to-day workloads. Super enthusiasts who do a lot of editing or gaming where very large file sizes are often involved may want to spring for something higher than the Kingston in the long run. For everyone else, this drive will do the trick and have longer legs than those cheaper SK Hynix or Toshiba BG3 alternatives.

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Autor: Allen Ngo, 13.10.2019 (Update: 14.10.2019)
Allen Ngo
Allen Ngo - US Editor in Chief
After graduating with a B.S. in environmental hydrodynamics from the University of California, I studied reactor physics to become licensed by the U.S. NRC to operate nuclear reactors. There's a striking level of appreciation you gain for everyday consumer electronics after working with modern nuclear reactivity systems astonishingly powered by computers from the 80s. When I'm not managing day-to-day activities and US review articles on Notebookcheck, you can catch me following the eSports scene and the latest gaming news.