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Kingston Fury Renegade 2TB M.2 SSD Review

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Last Updated on February 16, 2022 by ViCadia

In a Nutshell

The new Kingston Fury Renegade 2TB is an amazing PCIe Gen4 solid-state drive that delivers exceptional performance at a painfully high price.


  • Top-notch performance
  • Integrated slim heatsink
  • Very high durability
  • 5-year warranty
  • High price compared to other NVMe Gen4 SSDs

Featured image: Kingston

The new Kingston SSD has been launched as part of the company’s Fury gaming brand. It is available in four different models featuring different storage capacities: 500 GB, 1 TB, 2 TB and 4 TB. The first two low-capacity models have only one side filled with memory chips, while the two larger models have them on both sides of the SSD. Also, the two larger models offer the same peak performance, and at the same time are faster than the smaller models.

Gigabyte AORUS NVMe Gen4 1TB SSD Specifications

InterfaceM.2 2280 NVMe x4 Gen4
Total Capacity2000 GB
Memory TypeTLC NAND flash
Sequential Read SpeedUp to 7,300 MB/s
Sequential Write SpeedUp to 7,000 MB/s
Random Read/Write Performance1,000,000/1,000,000 IOPS
MTBF1,800,000 hours
WarrantyLimited 5-year warranty

The reason why larger models are faster than smaller lies in the level of utilization of the internal interface of the new Phison controller E18. Because the two smaller SSDs do not have the appropriate number of memory chips, the controller cannot “swing” and reach maximum speed. The 1-terabyte version is somewhat lagging behind when it comes to sequential write speeds (6 vs. 7 GB/s) and performance in random reading of small files (900,000 vs. 1,000,000 IOPS). 

Image credit: Kingston

The 500-gigabyte model is significantly slower with a sequential write speed of 3.9 GB/s, and a random read performance of 450,000 IOPS. On the other hand, even the smallest model offers a peak sequential read speed of as much as 7.3 GB/s. Kingston does not specify the exact model of the used TLC NAND flash memory, but it can be assumed that this is a new generation of memory, which could probably be Micron’s 176-layer TLC NAND flash.

The SSD we reviewed was equipped with a thin cooler made of a combination of aluminum and graphene, which makes it suitable for installation in desktop PCs, as well as in laptops and consoles. With the SSD you also get free license for Acronis’ data migration software. The SSD is also fully compatible with the PlayStation 5.

According to the specifications, the 2-terabyte model can consume up to 9.9 W of power in the worst case scenario. However, the average power consumption is far lower, and is around 0.36 W, while the minimum is only 5 mW. In practice, this SSD’s temperatures usually do not exceed 75°C under maximum load, which is high but acceptable figure. If installed in a desktop PC it will be better cooled anyway, as all the better boards have their own SSD heatsinks.

As part of the maximum temperature measurement, we also checked the behavior of the SSD under a constant write load. The Renegade maintains a peak performance of 7 GB/s for about 35 seconds, during which the controller writes about 245 GB of data into the pseudo-SLC bufferPerformance then drops to 1.5 GB/s for a further 6 minutes. In the last stage of degradation, which lasts until the end of the 10-minute write test, the write speed drops to only 250 to 300 MB/s, which we honestly did not expect. The good thing is that these are really extreme conditions that are difficult to replicate in the everyday use, and most users shouldn’t ever experience such performance.

CrystalDiskMark 8 Benchmark Results

Fury Renegade 2 TBKingston KC2500 1TBSamsung 980 PRO 1TB
Sequential read 1 MB / Q8T1 6,83 GB/s3,51 GB/s6,65 GB/s
Sequential write 1 MB / Q8T1 6,94 GB/s3,01 GB/s4,93 GB/s
Random read 4 kB / Q32T163,70 GB/s1,42 GB/s2,30 GB/s
Random write 4 kB / Q32T162,64 GB/s1,43 GB/s2,63 GB/s
Random reading 4 kB / Q1T1120 MB/s65 MB/s90 MB/s
Random write 4 kB / Q1T1286 MB/s245 MB/s225 MB/s

We compared the Renegade on the X570 chipset board to Kingston’s KC2500 1TB model and Samsung’s 980 Pro 1TB. The KC2500 is one of the best NVMe Gen3 SSDs, and the 980 Pro is one of the best SSDs with an NVMe Gen4 controller, but of an older generation. Both SSDs have an optimally loaded controller and 1TB of storage capacity. That is, 2-terabyte models have exactly the same performance as 1-terabyte ones. We also tried a new test. 3DMark got a tool to test the performance of SSDs in the context of gaming and streaming, but not with Samsung’s device because we no longer have it in the lab.

3DMark Storage Test Results

Fury Renegade 2TB Kingston KC2500 1TB
Score3,4753,011
Bandwidth599 MB/s520 MB/s
Avg. response time52 µs60 µs

The Fury Renegade dominates all tests even compared to Samsung’s ultra-fast SSD. The difference is best seen in CrystalDiskMark, which measures peak performance, but is much smaller in 3DMark, which basically reproduces recorded disk access patterns by various real-world applications. Unlike the KC2500, which despite its excellent performance is very affordable, the Renegade is a very expensive SSD. In fact, it’s more expensive than the Samsung 980 Pro, which is known for having bad price-to-performance ratio. As it targets the top of the market and delivers top performance, Kingston can afford that higher price, but if you want the best value for money, the old KC2500 is a much better choice.

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8.3
The new Kingston Fury Renegade 2TB is an amazing PCIe Gen4 solid-state drive that delivers exceptional performance at a painfully high price.
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Performance

6.5

Price

Pros

  • +Top-notch performance
  • +Integrated slim heatsink
  • +Very high durability
  • +5-year warranty

Cons

  • -High price compared to other NVMe Gen4 SSDs
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Before he joined ViCadia, Nicholas worked as a journalist for several tech magazines. Over the years he gained a lot of knowledge about computers. His main area of interest are processors, motherboards, and operating systems.
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