SPECworkstation 3.0.2 Storage Benchmark
We normally run this benchmark, on our larger drives. We could not on this drive due to the lack of free space. We probably could have run it on the 512GB model, but at this point we have a good sense of where this drive lands.
We monitored the idle and maximum temperature during testing with HWMonitor to get some idea of the thermal performance and requirements of the drive. Please keep in mind that our test bench is an open frame chassis in a 22C room, and is thus not representative of a cramped low-airflow case.
Somewhat surprisingly, the Kingspec NE-256 actually runs pretty warm all things considered. Peaking at 69C under load, I certainly would not consider this to be a cool running drive.
If you simply need a 42mm NVMe SSD, then the Kingspec NE-256 is a viable option. There are plenty of use cases, such as client PCs and boot devices where this is plenty. We have seen this class of devices start to push into the realm of where SATADOMs previously were strong. Effectively Kinspec is focusing on cost optimizations and a smaller form factor over performance.
That somewhat makes sense. Taking it a step further, on spec sheets for systems this qualifies as a “NVMe SSD which offers better performance than SATA.” That statement is correct but also would serve to entice customers that they are getting a high-performance NVMe SSD when they are clearly not.
If a few dollars and M.2 2242 is important, then perhaps this is the drive for you. Otherwise, there are higher performing options on the market. Still, this is a segment of the SSD market that rarely gets covered, so we thought it would be interesting to take a look at something like this.