With its KC3000 series, Kingston offers high-end SSDs that are supposed to overshadow the tenors of the genre such as the Corsair MP600 Pro XT, Seagate FireCuda 530 and other WD Black SN850

. These models take the form of classic modules in M.2 2280 format operating on a PCIe 4 interface with support for the NVMe 1.4 standard.

The KC3000 are delivered without heat sinks, or at least without a radiator. Instead, the manufacturer opted for “a low-profile aluminum-graphene heatsink”. A pompous name for a simple sticker consisting of a thermal foil, affixed to the front side of the SSD; the other side, which also contains memory chips, is content with a sticker without thermal properties. So we shouldn’t expect miracles, but this device has the advantage of making the KC3000 compatible with Sony’s PlayStation 5 – provided that a real third-party radiator is grafted onto it; count on about ten euros in specialized stores.

On the component side, there’s a Phison PS5018-E18 controller, as well as a high-end 12nm chip with three Cortex-R5 cores to handle a maximum of eight channels. The controller is accompanied by 2 GB of cache memory. The memory used is screen-printed Kingston but actually originates in Micron’s factories. It is 3D TLC NAND memory with 176 layers of cells.

This chip configuration is strictly identical to the one used in the Corsair MP600 Pro XT or the Seagate FireCuda 530

. It is up to Kingston to offer a sufficiently polished firmware optimization to tease its competitors.

The Kingston KC3000 2Tb is guaranteed for five years or 1,600Tb of written data, whichever comes first. The writing endurance is considerable and corresponds to 877 GB of data daily for five years. So much for the fact that this endurance will never be put to the test of the user, except in the case of use in a server – an area for which this SSD is not necessarily intended.

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SSD Manager application can be downloaded from the Kingston website. This utility allows you to check the life of the product, the presence of problems via the report of SMART instructions, or to update the firmware of the SSD if a new one is available (automated search). Simple and efficient, we don’t ask for much more.