This Friday (21), the Kingston Technology officially launched four new SSDs in Brazil aimed at players (mainly), enthusiasts and corporate users: this is the line KC2500 in versions with 250 GB, 500 GB, 1 TB and 2 TB of storage. All have M.2 format (2280) and PCI Express 3.0 interface with NVMe.
Kingston is keen to point out that KC2500 SSDs are based on the NAND TLC (Triple-Level Cell) specification, which indicates that its chips have cells that store three bits. At this point, it is worth to recap the differences between SLC, MLC, TLC and QLC:
- SLC (Single-Level Cell): 1 bit per cell
- MLC (Multi-Level Cell): 2 bits per cell
- TLC (Triple-Level Cell): 3 bits per cell
- QLC (Quad-Level Cell): 4 bits per cell
The industry also already talks about PLC (Penta-Level Cell), a specification that supports five bits per cell. Only this is a technology that is still in its embryonic stage, so to speak.
What matters here is that the TLC is one of the specifications that allow the KC2500 line to reach up to 2 TB of capacity. The use of chips with 96 layers of cells of this type contributes to this.
The speed of sequential data reading is up to 3,500 MB / s (megabytes per second). The sequential recording rate varies depending on the storage capacity:
- 250 GB KC2500: up to 1,200 MB / s
- 500 GB KC2500: up to 2,500 MB / s
- 1 TB KC2500: up to 2,900 MB / s
- 2 TB KC2500: up to 2,900 MB / s
Other features include 256-bit AES encryption (by hardware), random read up to 375,000 IOPS, random write up to 300,000 IOPS and MTBF (Mean Time Between Failures) of 2 million hours.
The numbers are also generous in prices. At KingstonStore, the values are as follows (you can find “less bad” prices at stores like Kabum):
- 250 GB KC2500: R $ 944.40
- 500 GB KC2500: R $ 1,646.60
- 1 TB KC2500: R $ 2,953.10
- 2 TB KC2500: R $ 5,729.50
All versions of Kingston KC2500 SSDs have a five-year warranty.