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Kingston Fury Renegade 2TB NVMe SSD With Heatsink Review

In this Kingston Fury Renegade 2TB NVMe SSD Review, we will walk you through the drive's unboxing experience, design, and most importantly, its benchmarks.

How Fast Is It?

Review Summary

Kingston has a good reputation for building quality and support. Their Fury Renegade is an enthusiast-grade product line offering nothing but the best. The 2TB NVMe SSD with the heatsink is no exception to that. This SSD offers good sustained performance and is compatible with PS5 as well.

Hours Tested: 5

Tech4Gamers Recommended Award

Overall
8.9/10
8.9/10
  • Quality - 9/10
    9/10
  • Performance - 8.8/10
    8.8/10
  • Features - 9/10
    9/10
  • Value - 8.8/10
    8.8/10

Pros

  • Using E18 Controller
  • 7300MB/s Sequential Read
  • 7000MB/s Sequential Write
  • 1,000,000 IOPS in 4K Random
  • PS5 Compatible
  • Heatsink Design
  • 5-Year Warranty
  • Good Real World Performance

Cons

  • A bit more pricey
  • Runs warm

While Kingston has left an indelible mark in the consumer market, their influence extends to industrial, business, and DATA Center sectors. In this review, we’ll explore Kingston’s Fury Renegade 2TB NVMe SSD With Heatsink. Our previous exploration into Kingston’s Fury Renegade 2x16GB 6400MT/s CL32 DDR5 kit set the stage for a closer look at their NVMe SSDs, with a particular focus on the 2TB variant.


Key Takeaways

  • The Kingston Fury Renegade 2TB NVMe SSD with Heatsink offers impressive Gen 4 NVMe performance, with a sleek M.2 2280 form factor and high capacities of up to 4TB, making it suitable for gaming and hardware enthusiasts.
  • You should get the Kingston Fury Renegade 2TB NVMe SSD if you prioritize high-speed data transfers, seek a storage solution for gaming and hardware enthusiasts, and value a reliable SSD with a substantial 2.0 PBW rating.
  • You should not get the Kingston Fury Renegade 2TB NVMe SSD if you’re on a strict budget, don’t require high-speed performance, or need RGB lighting; the provided heatsink may have limitations under sustained stress tests.

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The following table shows the specifications of the Kingston Fury Renegade 2TB NVMe SSD:

Product Kingston Fury Renegade 2TB NVMe SSD with Heatsink
Form Factor M.2 2280
Interface PCIe 4.0 x4 NVMe
Capacities 2TB
Controller Phison E18
NAND 3D TLC
Sequential Read/Write 7,300/7,000MB/s
Random 4K Read/Write1 up to 1,000,000/1,000,000 IOPS
Total Bytes Written (TBW) 2.0PBW
Power Consumption 5mW Idle / 0.36W Avg / 2.8W (MAX) Read / 9.9W (MAX) Write
Storage Temperature -40°C~85°C
Operating Temperature 0°C~70°C
Dimensions 80mm x 23.67mm x 10.5mm
Weight 34.9g
Vibration Operating 2.17G Peak (7-800Hz)
Vibration Non-operating 20G Peak (20-1000Hz)
MTBF 1,800,000 hours
Warranty/Support Limited 5-year warranty with free technical support

Packaging And Unboxing

Kingston is using a paperboard-made packing box finished in black and white colors.

Closer Look

Kingston opted for advanced 3D TLC NAND flash in the Fury Renegade NVMe SSD series. Similar to Sabrent’s Rocket 4 Plus, although the chip-level design might differ. While 3D TLC NAND Flash brings cutting-edge performance, it’s worth noting that it tends to be pricier compared to QLC or MLC alternatives.

Notably, it’s compatible with PS5, targeting users seeking high-capacity, super-fast storage with added heatsink benefits.

The design incorporates a line-patterned, black-colored heatsink with “Kingston Fury Renegade” in white. The heatsink, made of a single aluminum piece, comprises a base plate, 2x thermal pads, and a top cover.  

Unlike Sabrent’s approach, Kingston uses a top cover as a heatsink. The SSD is dual-sided, revealing components on both sides and features a thin thermal pad below.

Kingston Fury Renegade 2TB NVMe SSD — Installing the SSD
Installing The SSD (Image By Tech4Gamers)

Take note of the base plate. When installing this SSD on modern motherboards with toolless mounting/removal, this SSD would not fit in as can be seen in the above picture. I am guessing this would not happen with screw-based mounting.

Pro Tip: When installing on modern motherboards with toolless mounting, be cautious of potential fit issues. The heatsink design may require screw-based mounting for a secure and hassle-free installation.

The top cover is screwed to the housing. One of the screws has a sticker on top of it. Tearing or removing this sticker will void the warranty. There is enough clearance towards the cutout side of the PCB. This side faces the standoff on the M.2 slot.

There is enough clearance towards the M.2 connector for easy socketing. There is a large size sticker on the back side of this unit. The part number and serial number of this unit are printed on that sticker.

The controller is based on TSMC 12nm process technology using a 32bit ARM Cortex R5 micro-controller with up to 8 channel support in Triple-CPU architecture. The controller has support for Dynamic SLC Cache and supports 1600MT per channel in DDR4 DRAM. It has 2GB dedicated RAM.

We found that Kingston may be using a 1GB per 1TB capacity formula for RAM. In terms of NAND flash, this SSD has Micron 176L TLC NAND flash. Overall, this is a winning combination in Gen 4 NVMe SSDs for high-speed data transfers out of the box.

Software

Our sample was not initialized which is usually the case with a new SSD. So, you would need to access the Disk Management Console in the Windows environment.

Testing

Below mentioned configuration is used to test this drive:

Kingston Fury Renegade 2TB NVMe SSD — Testing Rig
Testing Rig (Image By Tech4Gamers)

We have used the following software:

  • AS SSD 1.8.5636.37293
  • ATTO Disk Benchmark 4.0
  • CrystalDiskMark 8.0.4
  • Anvil Pro Storage Utilities 1.1.0
  • 3DMARK Storage Benchmark
  • PCMARK10 Storage Benchmarks
  • AJA Disk Bench
  • Black Magic Disk Bench
  • TxBench
  • DiskBench

Microsoft Windows 11 22H2 is used for the testing.

Kingston Fury Renegade 2TB NVMe SSD — BIOS Screenshot
BIOS Screenshot (Image By Tech4Gamers)

The drive was picked in BIOS.

CrystalDiskMark

Let’s see the Crystal Disk Mark results:

CDM Sequential Results

Let’s see the results:

AS SSD Benchmark

Next, we ran the AS SSD software to test the performance of the drive.

ATTO Disk Benchmark

Next, we ran the ATTO Disk Benchmark to test the drive’s performance.

Kingston Fury Renegade 2TB NVMe SSD — ATTO Disk Benchmark
ATTO Disk Benchmark (Image By Tech4Gamers)

We have a maximum read (sequential) speed of 6.58 GB/s which is quite impressive. The writes remain above 6.34GB/s.

Anvil Storage Utilities Benchmark

Next, we ran the Anvil Storage Utilities benchmark to test the performance of the drive.

AJA System Test Score

This benchmark shows the SSD operating at the 5600 MB/s mark or so.

Kingston Fury Renegade 2TB NVMe SSD — AJA System Test Score
AJA System Test Score (Image By Tech4Gamers)

Blackmagicdesign Disk Speed Test

Black Magic Disk Bench shows a similar result.

Kingston Fury Renegade 2TB NVMe SSD — Blackmagicdesign Disk Speed Test
Blackmagicdesign Disk Speed Test (Image By Tech4Gamers)

TxBENCH Results

Nice performance from TxBench.

Kingston Fury Renegade 2TB NVMe SSD — TxBENCH Results
TxBENCH Results (Image By Tech4Gamers)

3DMark Storage Test

The 3DMark Storage test, a new benchmark, assesses gaming performance by measuring load times, gameplay recording, and other factors in three games. It yields an overall score, as well as specific results for bandwidth and access time.

PCMARK10 Storage Benchmarks

We have added two storage benchmarks from PCMARK10 software:

  • Quick System Drive Benchmark
  • Data Drive Benchmark

The Quick System Drive benchmark is a brief test for smaller system drives, while the Data Drive benchmark is designed for file storage drives, including NAS drives, USB sticks, memory cards, and external storage devices.

Real World Testing

After synthetic benchmark tests, we’re moving to real-world evaluation. We’ve set up a 110GB folder and a separate 97GB compressed file, using DiskBench to measure actual data transfer speeds.

Here are the results:

Gaming Load Time

Gamers are very particular about these high-speed drives. This is why we have used Final Fantasy XIV: Shadowbringers Benchmark using the Highest Preset to record the game load time on RTX 3060.

We already have some ideas from the 3DMARK Storage Benchmark. This test will show further insight.

Kingston Fury Renegade 2TB NVMe SSD — Game Load Time Benchmarks
Game Load Time Benchmarks (Image By Tech4Gamers)

Both drives are very fast with almost similar load times.

Thermal Performance

We used a custom run of CrystalDiskMark to run for 18 minutes on sequential read and write speeds to stress the SSD for this test. We are showing absolute temperature along with ambient temperature values at the time of testing.

Kingston Fury Renegade 2TB NVMe SSD — Thermal Performance
Thermal Performance (Image By Tech4Gamers)

72°C is quite high under full load, surpassing Kingston Drive’s upper-temperature limit. The test involved a stock heatsink in a passive environment without a PC fan.

Adding active cooling is expected to reduce temperatures, revealing the heatsink’s limited cooling capability, in my view.

WARNING: Under sustained stress tests, recognize potential limitations in the provided heatsink’s cooling capability. Actively monitor temperatures and consider additional cooling solutions if necessary.

Should You Buy It?

After a comprehensive evaluation of the Kingston Fury Renegade 2TB NVMe SSD with Heatsink, here’s my recommendation:

Buy It If:

You Prioritize High-Speed Data Transfers: The Kingston Fury Renegade 2TB NVMe SSD offers impressive Gen 4 NVMe performance, making it a suitable choice for users who prioritize high-speed data transfers.

Storage for Gaming and Hardware Enthusiasts: With its sleek M.2 2280 form factor and capacities of up to 4TB, this SSD is ideal for gaming and hardware enthusiasts who require substantial storage space and performance.

You Value a Reliable SSD: The substantial 2.0 PBW (Petabytes Written) rating indicates durability and reliability, making it a good choice for users who want a dependable SSD for their storage needs.

Don’t Buy It If:

You’re on a Strict Budget: If budget constraints are a significant consideration for you, the Kingston Fury Renegade 2TB NVMe SSD may not be the most economical choice.

You Don’t Require High-Speed Performance: If your storage needs don’t demand top-tier performance or if you’re content with lower-speed alternatives, you might find more budget-friendly options that better suit your requirements.

Conclusion

After putting Kingston’s Fury Renegade NVMe SSD to the test, I’ve got the scoop for you. If you’re a PS5 user, this 2TB powerhouse might catch your eye with its compact size and cool heatsink – just be mindful, that removing it voids the warranty.

Packing Micron’s 3D TLC NAND Flash and Phison’s E18, it promises impressive speeds on paper: 7300MB/s sequential read, 7000MB/s sequential write, and 1,000,000 IOPS for 4K Random Read and Write. Running on NVMe 1.4 over PCIe Gen 4, it’s a performance beast, but slotting it into a Gen 3 M.2 port will tone it down a bit.

With a robust 2.0 PB TBW, 1,800,000 hours MTBF, and a solid 5-year warranty, it’s got the longevity game on lock. Yet, at USD 194.99, it’s playing in the higher-priced arena. In real-world action, it doesn’t quite hit the rated speeds but still performs admirably.

During a stress test, it hit 72°C, making us question the heatsink’s true prowess. Kingston sweetens the deal with SSD Manager and Acronis True Image HD. All in all, the Fury Renegade brings the performance but comes at a cost. Consider your options wisely!

Awards Received By Kingston Fury Renegade 2TB NVMe SSD

Here are the Tech4Gamers awards received by Kingston Fury Renegade 2TB NVMe SSD:


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