Today we will look at the Kingston NV2 500GB Solid State Drive, a popular product in several stores and used in numerous PC builds locally. Its main purchase attraction lies in its competitive price and the association with the renowned Kingston brand. In this review, we will objectively examine all the selling points of the product, carry out tests and evaluate whether this model is really worth it in the year 2023. In addition, we will directly compare the Kingston NV2 with the HIKSEMI SSD, which costs only two more dollars.
It is important to note that the Kingston NV2 500GB used in this review was purchased with our own funds to provide an unbiased evaluation.
Table of Contents
Kingston NV2 500GB SSD - Specifications
At the end of 2022, Kingston launched his SSD For the general public, the NV2. Available in various capacities, we will focus today on the model of 500GB, which has gained popularity in store assemblies and local purchases. A year has passed since its launch, and it faces increasing competition from different products.
Regarding the technical specifications, the unit 500GB may present variations. What does this mean? Kingston uses different vendors for the controller (the brain) of the SSD. According to what we have observed on the internet, there are up to three different versions of the SSD, although theoretically they offer the same performance. These three variants are:
-Phison E21T (used in the first units and reviews).
-Silicon Motion SM2267XT (the controller present in our unit).
-Silicon Motion SM2267XT + Intel N38A
Drive lacks cache (DRAM), so you use HMB (Host Memory Buffer) and allocates a small portion of RAM to accelerate speeds under certain types of load. As for the NAND flash, It seems to be something standard. The part number with the Kingston logo is present on the chips and has the designation FB25608UCT1-AF. El FB25608UCT1-AF is a “rebranding” by the Toshiba memory brand, corresponding to 112-layer, 3D TLC BiCS5 technology.
The final price that we find in stores for the version of 500GB is US$37 American dollars in the local market. However, it is important to note that the model only has a 3-year warranty or 160TBW, a significantly low amount compared to the competition.
It is essential to remember that the NV2 use the interface PCIe Gene 4 x4, although the speeds offered are very close to the maximum limit provided PCIe Gene 3. The memory already has “overprovisioning” at the factory, reserving 12GB for this task and avoiding a significant loss of performance in case the SSD becomes full.
Photos - Kingston NV2 500GB
Benchmarks - Storage
Contrary to popular belief, most storage benchmarks are mostly synthetic and do not accurately reflect performance in real-world usage situations, due to variability in individual user usage patterns.
Does not exist a single test that can replicate actual usage in a comprehensive manner; however, these benchmarks are used to provide a reference to the potential performance of the product during testing.
Out of all the tests, PCMark 10 (Storage Benchmark) is considered the most representative, on which we will base our evaluation of the actual performance of a storage device for daily use, although it does not cover all possible scenarios.
For the average gaming-focused user, this test best simulates everyday use.
We have incorporated and updated several benchmarks in our SSD test suite, including the load time of the demo of FFXIV and the latest version of CDM 8, among others.
Below is the list of benchmarks that we will use:
-ATTO Disk Benchmark
-AS SSD Benchmark
-Anvil Storage Utilities
-Black Magic Disk Tester
-FFXIV Demo- Loading Time
-PCMark10 (Storage Benchmark)
-3DMark Storage Benchmark
Benchmark (for storage reviews)
CPU: Intel Core i9-13900K (Power Limiters Disabled) (https://amzn.to/3X53WQS)
Board: Z790 AORUS ELITE AX (BIOS F9) (https://amzn.to/3ClPWde)
RAM: G.Skill Flare X5 Series (AMD Expo) 32GB (2 x 16GB) DDR5 6000 CL36-36-96 (https://amzn.to/3Z8g45y)
T.video: NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 Founders Edition (Link: https://amzn.to/3Pe4Vx6)
Operating system: Windows 11 Home Edition 22H2 – VBS OFF
Liquid refrigeration: Lian Li Galahad 360 (https://amzn.to/3jMvNXO)
SSD: Addlink S70 1TB + TeamGroup MP34 4TB SSD (https://amzn.to/3PuIAvX)
SSD test: Kingston NV2 500GB (https://amzn.to/3sPk8fJ)
Driver: NVIDIA Driver
Power supply: Seasonic Prime Gold 1300W (https://amzn.to/3Qd102w)
CrystalDisk Mark 8
CrystalDiskMark has undergone a major update and we are currently on version 8 of this tool. As is customary with every new iteration of CrystalDiskMark, making comparisons with previous versions might be inappropriate in most cases. In CrystalDiskMark version 8, in addition to the standardized tests, new test profiles have been added specifically for NVMe solid-state drives. Precisely, we are using one of these profiles to carry out our benchmark tests on this occasion.
ACT Disk Benchmark
AS SSD benchmark
Anvil Storage Utilities
Black Magic Disk Tester
FFXIV Demo - Loading Time
PCMark10 (Storage Benchmark)
PCMark10 it is the closest test to what an average user can do in real life. PCMark 10 Full Storage has several traces of different types of usage, such as OS loads, Adobe loads, games, file copying, and more. We will be looking at each of these results in more detail.
It also offers a final score, bandwidth (MB/s) y latency (µs). This quiz takes about an hour and I will do three strokes per activity (23 categories, 69 quizzes total).
3DMark Storage Benchmark
The stress test we use to measure temperatures is a torture test using CrystalDisk Mark 8 for an extended period of time. We then take the highest temperature during the test and check the ambient temperature as well.
Kingston NV2 500GB (SM2267XT)
|(Maximum temperature) Degrees Celsius
|With motherboard M.2 heatsink
|54 (I assume it's the controller)
Final analysis – Kingston NV2 500GB - A complicated recommendation for 2023/2024
If I had done this review at the end of 2022, we would probably have come up with the following negative observations (cons):
– Three-year warranty that seems short to us.
– Low warranty in terms of TBW (160GB).
Among the positive things about the unit, the price stood out. A year after its launch, the negative observations have greater weight, since there is more competition in the market. One of its plus points, the price, is now indifferent, since there are products at the same cost or slightly more expensive, offering better performance and broader warranty coverage.
We've been testing a unit from HIKSEMI, and this one offers superior performance, a better warranty (in terms of years and TBW), and more modern components, for a small difference of two dollars more. We'd choose the HIKSEMI any day of the week over Kingston's NV2 model.
The only thing that works in favor of the NV2 is that it has the brand positioned, which gives enough confidence to several users who have not heard of new brands. Back in the day, I criticized the WD Green, a drive I absolutely did not recommend, and while the NV2 has no shortcomings in itself, there are simply better options on the market.
It's probably time for Kingston to revamp its SSD lineup and release an updated version of the NV2; a possible NV3. We'll see if there will be any announcements for CES 2024.
Final Score – Kingston NV2 500GB SSD
the ssd kingston nv2 de 500 GB, Recognized for its attractive price, it faces challenges in 2023 due to short collateral and lower resistance. Its performance is overshadowed by competitors, making a recommendation difficult. Kingston may need to update its SSD lineup, possibly with an NV3 version.
-“Traditional brand trust”.
-Does not present temperature problems.
-Low warranty and TBW for all its models.
-Competitive models offer better guarantee and performance.