Kingston Releases New Entry-Level A2000 NVMe SSD

Kingston A2000 NVMe SSD
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Kingston first showed the A2000 NVMe SSD in CES 2019, which will be the successor of the A1000 (its review here). It will be the new affordable option in the SSD lineup with better performance than the original A1000. Now, Kingston will begin shipping the SSD to the consumers.

The A2000 uses a PCIe 3.0×4 interface, doubling the available bandwidth from the A1000. It can achieve sequential read/write speeds at up to 2200 MB/s and 1900 MB/s. IOPS can reach up to 220,000 and 240,000 for read/write respectively. In CES 2019, Kingston stated that they plan to use two different memory controllers from Silicon Motion and Phison for the A2000. Currently, we do not have much information about the controllers used in the final retail version.

There will be three storage capacities to choose from, including 250 GB, 500 GB and 1 TB, with only M.2 2280 form factor. The drives have endurance ratings of 150 TBW, 300 TBW and 720 TBW for each capacity. A 5-year warranty is provided. Like other newer SSDs from Kingston, the A2000 comes with a suite of security features, such as hardware-based AES 256-bit encryption.

The A2000 SSD is priced at $39.99 USD (MSRP) for 250 GB, $59.99 USD (MSRP) for 500 GB and $99.99 USD (MSRP) for 1 TB.

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