Review: Kingston A2000 M.2 SSD After A Year

I finally got myself a Solid State Drive. It’s very late in the SSD game, I know and even I’m surprised I haven’t upgraded till now since most of my everyday life revolves around my PC. I usually don’t try to change things unless they’re broken so up until 2020 I’ve been using an HDD (Hard Disk Drive). Early 2021 the conditions were right for an upgrade. 1) My OS drive, a Samsung 1TB HDD, started making clicking noises and an ever changing Current Pending Sector Count (whatever that is) and 2) I’ve found an SSD that I can afford.

I got the Kingston A2000 1TB NVMe SSD for $110. Relatively cheap when most other M.2 drives of the same spec go for around $160 or more, like the ADATA XPG or the Samsung EVO Plus.

Kingston A2000 Performance: SSD vs HDD

I know an SSD would definitely be faster but I just want to know by how much. Was I missing out a lot all those years? Not an in-depth test but below are the things that matter to me:

HDD: Samsung Spinpoint 1TB 7200rpm
SSD: Kingston A2000 1TB NVMe

Test HDD SSD
Windows 10 Cold Boot 2:28 0:15
Civilization 5 Cold Start 1:30 0:34

Night and day, right? I used to wait about 2-3 minutes for Windows to boot up.

Drive Degradation After a Year?

I got the drive in January 2021 and It’s now January 2022. There’s a difference in the results shown below but nothing that can be felt in actual use. So it’s still all good after a year.

My initial concern on using an SSD is its longevity. Crystal Disk Info indicates the health status of the drive as 99% Good and with a year of use showing 8051 GB Total Host Reads and 8638 GB Total Host Writes.

The Kingston A2000 NVMe SSD is stated to have a life expectancy of 600 TBW or Terabytes Written. In a year I’ve used 8.6 TB so that’s 590 TB more to go or about 60 years! Of course there’s no guarantee of that happening and the drive would wear out exponentially not in a linear fashion. But If I could get 6 more years of use from it then I would consider it worth every penny.