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Kingston A2000 NVMe M2 SSD - consumer opinion

Just bought the 500 GB Kingston A2000 NVMe M2 SSD to speed up a desktop PC - our consumer feedback

Kingston A2000 NVMe M2 SSD

Today we are talking about PC storage and to be precise, we will discuss solid state drives on a conventional desktop computer On one of our desktop builds we were using a 240 GB ADATA SU630 Ultimate and it was doing a very good job but we felt the PC wasn't snappy enough with a mighty 8-core processor and fast 32 GB of Corsair DDR4 RAM.

That is when we decided to research if there might be some bottle-neck effect on this particular build and where we could optimize it in general. To our surprise we found out that NVMe SSDs are much faster and efficient compared to regular (SATA) SSD and can really boost your computer performance figures.

Kingston SSD

That is when we bought the 500 GB Kingston A2000 NVMe M2 SSD. Before we proceed and share our first impressions with it, lets check its product specifications:

 Kingston A2000 NVMe M2 SSD specifications 

Form factorM.2 2280
InterfaceNVMe™ PCIe Gen 3.0 x 4 Lanes
Capacities2250GB, 500GB, 1TB
EncryptedXTS-AES 256-bit Encryption
Sequential Read/Write1250GB – up to 2,000/1,100MB/s
500GB – up to 2,200/2,000MB/s
1TB – up to 2,200/2,000MB/s
Random 4K Read/Write1250GB – up to 150,000/180,000 IOPS
500GB – up to 180,000/200,000 IOPS
1TB – up to 250,000/220,000 IOPS
Total Bytes Written (TBW)3250GB – 150TBW
500GB – 350TBW
1TB – 600TBW
Power Consumption.0032W Idle / .08W Avg / 1.7W (MAX) Read / 4.5W (MAX) Write
Storage temperature-40°C ~ 85°C
Operating temperature0°C ~ 70°C
Dimensions80mm x 22mm x 3.5mm
Weight250GB – 6.6g
500GB – 6.8g
1TB – 6.6g
Vibration operating2.17G Peak (7-800Hz)
Vibration non-operating2.17G Peak (7-800Hz)
Warranty/support4Limited 5-year warranty with free technical support

A2000 is the entry-level and one of the budget oriented NVMe drives by Kingston. It has been a real best-seller since 2019.

Kingston A2000 SSD set up
Setting up the Kingston A2000

Kingston A2000 install

After using this NVMe for about a week we can confirm that there was some increase in the overall PC performance. We will not share any technical specifications and test results but rather how we found working with the same computer after just changing from SATA SSD to NVMe drive.

Just one other tweak that we did while the PC was disassembled - we added one additional fan at the front part of the PC case.

Kingston A2000 M2 slot

We will definitely keep monitoring how are things after longer use and once we fill this Kingston NVMe with data and share more impressions.

And if you need additional (external) storage we would recommend you to check the compact Seagate One Touch 500 GB SSD which is a very good option for under $100.

Kingston A2000 NVMe M2 SSD - video review

Meanwhile, would you please share with us what is the current PC configuration you are using - are you using regular HDD, SSD or NVMe on M2 slot?