Published on May 24th, 2021 | by James Wright

Kingston NV1 PCIe NVMe M.2 SSD Review

Kingston NV1 PCIe NVMe M.2 SSD Review James Wright

Summary: The Kingston NV1 PCIe NVMe M.2 SSD is a great entry level drive for those on a budget!


Cost savings!

If you’re looking for a performance boost for your slimline notebook with a PCIe 3.0 compatible motherboard, then look no further as Kingston have launched their new NV1 PCIe NVMe M.2 SSD. At its core, it is 3 to 4 times faster than SATA SSD’s with read speeds up to 2000MB/s and write speeds of up to 1700MB/s courtesy of its Non-Volatile Memory Express technology.

So if space is a premium inside your notebook, this is the NVMe SSD for you and the Kingston NV1 is a single sided drive with a form factor of M.2 2280 that translate to a size of just 22 x 80mm with a weight of 7 grams. Indeed it’s quite a small storage device!

Further, the Kingston NV1 is available in three size that include 500GB, 1TB (reviewed) and 2TB with a very low power consumption level. It also comes with Kingston’s 3-year limited warranty and is available at all good computer stores from $119AUD (May 2021).


  • Form Factor M.2 2280
  • Interface NVMe™ PCIe Gen 3.0 x 4 Lanes
  • Capacities2 500GB, 1TB, 2TB
  • Sequential Read/Write1 2100/1700MB/s (all capacities)
  • Endurance3 500GB – 120TBW
  • 1000GB – 240TBW
  • 2000GB – 480TBW
  • Power Consumption 500GB: 5mW Idle / 205mW Avg / 1.1W (MAX) Read / 3.3W (MAX) Write
  • 1000GB: 5mW Idle / 220mW Avg / 1.1W (MAX) Read / 3.3W (MAX) Write
  • 2000GB: 5mW Idle / 340mW Avg / 1.1W (MAX) Read / 3.3W (MAX) Write
  • Storage Temperature -40°C~85°C
  • Operating Temperature 0°C~70°C
  • Dimensions 22mm x 80mm x 2.1mm
  • Weight 7g (All capacities)
  • Vibration Operating 2.17G (7-800 Hz)
  • Vibration Non-operating 20G (20-1000Hz)
  • Warranty/Support4 Limited 3-year warranty with free technical support

Once installed into our notebook, we were ready to test the Kingston NV1 PCIe NVMe M.2 SSD. With a freshly installed version of windows, we found the Kingston NV1 a very fast and responsive drive and the notebook almost booted instantaneously. If you’re looking to clone your drive, it also comes with Acronis True Image HD to hep you move your data across.

The first test up was Crystal Disk Bench Mark 7.0 which mirrored the advertised scores from Kingston with the MB/s results below;

Another similar test was AS SSD Benchmark and again, this program scored similar to Kingston’s marketing speeds in MB/s and Crystal Disk Bench Mark 7.0;

Final Thoughts?

If you’re on a budget and looking for an entry level NVMe SSD, then the Kingston NV1 PCIe NVMe M.2 SSD is great value for money and sure, it’s not the fastest drive on the block but it still delivers performance.

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