500GB Kingston A2000 SSD M.2 NVMe Review – A fantastic budget NVMe drive worth keeping your eye on for during Black Friday

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The Kingston A2000 isn’t particularly new, but SSD storage constantly getting cheaper it has reached the point where even the most affordable of builds can use an NVMe drive for the primary disk.

I bought the 500GB Kingston A2000 on Prime Day for a bargain £44.98 (currently £57.70) and at the time the price difference between this and a generic 2.5” SSD was just a few pounds.

With Black Friday approaching, there will inevitably be some amazing deals to be had on storage. Even though the drive has been out for ages, I thought it was still worth review to show off how good it is compared to a standard SSD.

Specification

  • Controller: Silicon Motion SM2263
  • NAND: Micron 96-layer 3D TLC
  • Encryption: XTS-AES 256-bit
  • Sequential Read Speed: 2,200MB/s
  • Sequential Write Speed: 2,000MB/s
  • Random IOPs (4KB Reads): 180K IOPs
  • Random IOPs (4KB Writes) : 200K IOPs
  • Endurance: 350 TBW
  • Power Consumption (Max Write): 4.5W
  • Power Consumption (Average): 0.08W
  • Power Consumption (Idle): 0.032W
  • Life Expectancy: 2m Hours
  • Warranty: 5 years

It is worth noting that the drive endurance is quite low compared to some pricier drives, but it is about average at this price point, and the 5 year warranty should more than cover you.

Performance

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