Published on November 1st, 2022 | by James Wright
Kingston NV2 2TB M.2 2280 NVMe PCIe 4.0 SSD Review
Summary: The Kingston NV2 2TB M.2 2280 NVMe PCIe 4.0 SSD is a sturdy piece of tech that provides excellent value for money!
Kingston have launched their new NV2 “entry level” range of NVMe PCIe 4.0 SSD’s that outpace traditional solid state drives thanks to the PCI Express 4.0 architecture with read speeds of up to 3500MB/s and write times of 2800MB/s that doesn’t hurt the wallet. This compact single-sided M.2 2280 (22 x 80mm with a weight of 7 grams) boasts a small form factor and is available in four sizes, 250GB, 500GB, 1TB and 2TB (reviewed).
Further, the 2TB comes with low power consumption [0.9W Idle / 1.0W Avg / 2.2W (MAX) Read / 5.4W (MAX) Write], has a mean time between failures (MTBF) of 1,500,000 hours and includes Kingston’s 3-year warranty that includes technical support. Needless to say, well-designed and additional peace of mind.
Well presented and packed from Kingston and unlike traditional SSD’s, this drive simply connects into a spare PCIe 4.0 slot and once inserted into your motherboard, the motherboard will automatically detect the drive, followed by your operating system such as Windows 10 or 11. You can also get cards that hold NVMe drives, however a direct motherboard connection is far superior.
For this review, our test system included the following components;
- CPU: Intel’s Core i9-10980XE Extreme Edition
- Motherboard: ASRock Z690 PHANTOM GAMING-ITX/TB4
- Cooler: T-Force GD240E ARGB Siren AIO Liquid CPU Cooler
- Power Supply: Super Flower Leadex Platinum SE 1000W
- Hard Drive: WD_Black SN750 SE NVMe SSD
- Memory: Kingston FURY Renegade DDR5 RGB Memory
- Operating System: Windows 10 Professional
We tested the NVMe with CrystalDiskMark, a benchmarking app that did mirror the speeds from Kingston.
SEQ1M Q8T1 – 2721.33
SEQ1M Q1T1 – 2543.54
RND4K Q32T1 – 709.64
RND4K Q1T1 – 297.01
We also tested the drive with the Final Fantasy XIV Shadowbringers benchmarking tool which can test all components of a gaming system and surprisingly, the Kingston NV2 2TB scored a very respectable 12 seconds for its load times. While this NVMe is not the fastest storage option available, it is far superior to SSD and more importantly offers a very affordable and attractive price point.
The Kingston NV2 2TB M.2 2280 NVMe PCIe 4.0 SSD provides great value for money and if you’re looking for an affordable upgrade, this storage component is an impressive piece of tech from Kingston!