Kingston releases external SSDs with read and write speeds of up to 2000MB/s

Kingston releases fast external XS2000 SSDs with capacities of 500GB, 1000GB and 2000GB. The USB-C SSDs use the USB 3.2 Gen 2×2 interface and, according to the manufacturer, achieve read and write speeds of 2000MB/s.

Kingston does not specify different speeds per capacity. According to the product page and datasheet, all versions reach the speed of 2000MB/s, both for reading and writing. Kingston does not disclose which controller and which type of nand memory is in the external SSDs. However, Silicon Motion says its new SM2320 controller is in the XS2000.

The SSDs have a housing made of metal and plastic. The dimensions are 79.5×32.6×13.5mm and the weight is 58 grams. By using the USB 3.2 Gen 2×2 interface, a theoretical maximum speed of 20Gbit/s is achievable. In practice, that is probably about the claimed speed of about 2GB/s. Gigabyte also announced external USB 3.2 Gen 2×2 SSDs at the end of last year that reach 2GB/s, and Western Digital also lists speeds of up to 2000MB/s for its WD_Black P50 external SSD.

At the beginning of this year, Kingston announced the XS2000 SSDs at the CES fair. The manufacturer now announces that the fast external SSDs are actually for sale. The versions of 500GB, 1000GB and 2000GB are available at a web store for 128, 210 and 379 euros respectively.