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Kingston Fury Renegade 2 TB PCIe4 NVMe benchmarks reveal potential performance throttling issues

Kingston Fury Renegade 2 TB PCIe4 SSD for PS5 on sale for US$205
Kingston Fury Renegade 2 TB PCIe4 SSD for PS5 on sale for US$205
The 2 TB Kingston drive is now on sale for US$205 or US$245 with the optional heat sink. The drive is also compatible with the PS5, but the heat sink alone isn't enough if you want to run at maximum speeds for extended periods.

After just stress testing the 2 TB Lexar NM800 Pro, we're now ready to put the 2 TB Kingston Fury Renegade under the same microscope to see how it handles maximum transfer rates. The drive is currently shipping on Amazon with an optional heat sink all designed to fit inside of the PS5. The manufacturer has sent us a sample with the heat sink already installed for benchmarking purposes.

For our host PC, we used the same Intel NUC11 mini PC which supports PCIe4 x4 NVMe SSDs. The chassis includes its own SSD heat sink, but we are only using the heat sink included with the Kingston drive.

The Fury Renegade packaging is as barebones as it can be. Whereas other drives may include a screw or manual, the Kingston packaging includes neither. The manufacturer advertises maximum read and write speeds of 7300 MB/s and 7000 MB/s, respectively, whereas PCIe3 x4 NVMe SSDs typically hover around the 3000 MB/s range.

Heat sink can be easily removed with a Phlips screwdriver
Heat sink can be easily removed with a Phlips screwdriver
Drive with heat sink can fit inside of the PS5
Drive with heat sink can fit inside of the PS5

When running the DiskSpd read test in a loop, we're able to reach a maximum sequential read rate of 7000 MB/s as shown by the graph below. After about 6 minutes in, however, performance would fall off a cliff to just 3000 MB/s. In contrast, the Lexar NM800 Pro would run at a stable 7000 MB/s from start to finish.

The temperature of the Kingston drive would peak at around 74 C during the stress test which may have triggered the throttling in order to prevent temperatures from reaching any higher. Only when we allowed the drive to rest for about 30 seconds before resuming the stress test would read rates reach 7000 MB/s again before the throttling cycle repeats. Thus, the heat sink is merely delaying performance throttling rather than preventing it altogether.

For most users, the throttling of the Kingston drive won't matter as it's uncommon for workloads to demand 7000 MB/s read rates for more than several minutes. PS5 games, for example, load in just a few seconds with longer periods of lower utilization in between. Extreme PC users may want to install their own more powerful heat sinks to better exploit the fast sequential transfer rates of the Fury Renegade.

Kingston Fury Renegade drive when idling
Kingston Fury Renegade drive when idling
Kingston Fury Renegade drive when running the DiskSpd read test in a loop
Kingston Fury Renegade drive when running the DiskSpd read test in a loop
AS SSD
AS SSD
CDM 8
CDM 8
Drive surface temperature when idling
Drive surface temperature when idling
Drive surface temperature after running the DiskSpd loop test for over 30 minutes
Drive surface temperature after running the DiskSpd loop test for over 30 minutes
CDM 5/6 Read Seq Q32T1: 7054 MB/s
CDM 5/6 Write Seq Q32T1: 4598 MB/s
CDM 5/6 Read 4K Q32T1: 587.7 MB/s
CDM 5/6 Write 4K Q32T1: 649.1 MB/s
CDM 5 Read Seq: 3008 MB/s
CDM 5 Write Seq: 3284 MB/s
CDM 5/6 Read 4K: 77.63 MB/s
CDM 5/6 Write 4K: 199.2 MB/s
Drive Performance Rating - Percent
Asus TUF Gaming F15 FX507ZM
SK Hynix HFM001TD3JX013N
86.3 pt ∼86%
Kingston Fury Renegade 2 TB
 
81.5 pt ∼82%
Lenovo Legion 5 15ACH-82JU00C6GE-FL
Micron 2300 512GB MTFDHBA512TDV
62.9 pt ∼63%
Razer Blade 15 Base Edition 2021, i7-10750H RTX 3060
Samsung SSD PM981a MZVLB512HBJQ
61.7 pt ∼62%
Acer Aspire Nitro 5 AN515-55-57GF
WDC PC SN530 SDBPNPZ-512G
43.5 pt ∼44%
MSI Bravo 15 B5DD-010US
Kingston OM8PCP3512F-AB
36.4 pt ∼36%
DiskSpd
seq read
Kingston Fury Renegade 2 TB
 
3320 (3130.66min - 3319.65max) MB/s ∼100%
Asus TUF Gaming F15 FX507ZM
SK Hynix HFM001TD3JX013N
2383 (2361.29min - 2382.94max) MB/s ∼72% -28%
Lenovo Legion 5 15ACH-82JU00C6GE-FL
Micron 2300 512GB MTFDHBA512TDV
2207 (2052.27min - 2206.83max) MB/s ∼66% -34%
Acer Aspire Nitro 5 AN515-55-57GF
WDC PC SN530 SDBPNPZ-512G
1427 (1406.26min - 1427.4max) MB/s ∼43% -57%
MSI Bravo 15 B5DD-010US
Kingston OM8PCP3512F-AB
1291 (1255.35min - 1291.43max) MB/s ∼39% -61%
Razer Blade 15 Base Edition 2021, i7-10750H RTX 3060
Samsung SSD PM981a MZVLB512HBJQ
1174 (1165.36min - 1173.99max) MB/s ∼35% -65%
seq write
Kingston Fury Renegade 2 TB
 
2956 (2820.9min - 2956.31max) MB/s ∼100%
Asus TUF Gaming F15 FX507ZM
SK Hynix HFM001TD3JX013N
2894 (2651.7min - 2893.78max) MB/s ∼98% -2%
Lenovo Legion 5 15ACH-82JU00C6GE-FL
Micron 2300 512GB MTFDHBA512TDV
2597 (2465.83min - 2597.11max) MB/s ∼88% -12%
Acer Aspire Nitro 5 AN515-55-57GF
WDC PC SN530 SDBPNPZ-512G
1783 (1761.86min - 1783max) MB/s ∼60% -40%
Razer Blade 15 Base Edition 2021, i7-10750H RTX 3060
Samsung SSD PM981a MZVLB512HBJQ
1424 (1322.88min - 1423.97max) MB/s ∼48% -52%
MSI Bravo 15 B5DD-010US
Kingston OM8PCP3512F-AB
980 (973.35min - 979.79max) MB/s ∼33% -67%
seq q8 t1 read
Kingston Fury Renegade 2 TB
 
7001 (6600.15min - 7000.97max) MB/s ∼100%
Asus TUF Gaming F15 FX507ZM
SK Hynix HFM001TD3JX013N
3554 (3284.35min - 3554.02max) MB/s ∼51% -49%
Lenovo Legion 5 15ACH-82JU00C6GE-FL
Micron 2300 512GB MTFDHBA512TDV
3260 (2957.4min - 3260.02max) MB/s ∼47% -53%
Razer Blade 15 Base Edition 2021, i7-10750H RTX 3060
Samsung SSD PM981a MZVLB512HBJQ
2896 (2755.6min - 2896.46max) MB/s ∼41% -59%
MSI Bravo 15 B5DD-010US
Kingston OM8PCP3512F-AB
1983 (1223.9min - 1983.26max) MB/s ∼28% -72%
Acer Aspire Nitro 5 AN515-55-57GF
WDC PC SN530 SDBPNPZ-512G
1795 (1629.58min - 1794.93max) MB/s ∼26% -74%
seq q8 t1 write
Kingston Fury Renegade 2 TB
 
5590 (5575.28min - 5589.75max) MB/s ∼100%
Lenovo Legion 5 15ACH-82JU00C6GE-FL
Micron 2300 512GB MTFDHBA512TDV
2992 (2831.78min - 2991.8max) MB/s ∼54% -46%
Asus TUF Gaming F15 FX507ZM
SK Hynix HFM001TD3JX013N
2869 (2667.88min - 2869.19max) MB/s ∼51% -49%
Razer Blade 15 Base Edition 2021, i7-10750H RTX 3060
Samsung SSD PM981a MZVLB512HBJQ
2727 (2698.62min - 2726.93max) MB/s ∼49% -51%
Acer Aspire Nitro 5 AN515-55-57GF
WDC PC SN530 SDBPNPZ-512G
1805 (1774min - 1805.39max) MB/s ∼32% -68%
MSI Bravo 15 B5DD-010US
Kingston OM8PCP3512F-AB
978 (974.19min - 977.55max) MB/s ∼17% -83%
4k q1 t1 read
Kingston Fury Renegade 2 TB
 
78.6 (78.35min - 78.63max) MB/s ∼100%
Asus TUF Gaming F15 FX507ZM
SK Hynix HFM001TD3JX013N
69.4 (68.09min - 69.4max) MB/s ∼88% -12%
Razer Blade 15 Base Edition 2021, i7-10750H RTX 3060
Samsung SSD PM981a MZVLB512HBJQ
45.5 (45.42min - 45.51max) MB/s ∼58% -42%
MSI Bravo 15 B5DD-010US
Kingston OM8PCP3512F-AB
43.5 (43.27min - 43.5max) MB/s ∼55% -45%
Lenovo Legion 5 15ACH-82JU00C6GE-FL
Micron 2300 512GB MTFDHBA512TDV
42.3 (41.29min - 42.34max) MB/s ∼54% -46%
Acer Aspire Nitro 5 AN515-55-57GF
WDC PC SN530 SDBPNPZ-512G
27.3 (23.21min - 27.33max) MB/s ∼35% -65%
4k q1 t1 write
Kingston Fury Renegade 2 TB
 
212 (208.15min - 211.71max) MB/s ∼100%
Asus TUF Gaming F15 FX507ZM
SK Hynix HFM001TD3JX013N
211 (210.13min - 210.73max) MB/s ∼100% 0%
MSI Bravo 15 B5DD-010US
Kingston OM8PCP3512F-AB
154.2 (152.73min - 154.18max) MB/s ∼73% -27%
Lenovo Legion 5 15ACH-82JU00C6GE-FL
Micron 2300 512GB MTFDHBA512TDV
119 (118.14min - 119.03max) MB/s ∼56% -44%
Razer Blade 15 Base Edition 2021, i7-10750H RTX 3060
Samsung SSD PM981a MZVLB512HBJQ
113 (111.76min - 112.63max) MB/s ∼53% -47%
Acer Aspire Nitro 5 AN515-55-57GF
WDC PC SN530 SDBPNPZ-512G
112 (97.98min - 111.94max) MB/s ∼53% -47%
4k q32 t16 read
Asus TUF Gaming F15 FX507ZM
SK Hynix HFM001TD3JX013N
2217 (2210.73min - 2217.07max) MB/s ∼100% +82%
Kingston Fury Renegade 2 TB
 
1220 (1205.6min - 1219.97max) MB/s ∼55%
Acer Aspire Nitro 5 AN515-55-57GF
WDC PC SN530 SDBPNPZ-512G
1161 (1149.45min - 1161.29max) MB/s ∼52% -5%
Razer Blade 15 Base Edition 2021, i7-10750H RTX 3060
Samsung SSD PM981a MZVLB512HBJQ
1151 (1148.11min - 1150.55max) MB/s ∼52% -6%
Lenovo Legion 5 15ACH-82JU00C6GE-FL
Micron 2300 512GB MTFDHBA512TDV
645 (600.09min - 644.91max) MB/s ∼29% -47%
MSI Bravo 15 B5DD-010US
Kingston OM8PCP3512F-AB
313 (302.06min - 312.63max) MB/s ∼14% -74%
4k q32 t16 write
Asus TUF Gaming F15 FX507ZM
SK Hynix HFM001TD3JX013N
2314 (2299.73min - 2313.93max) MB/s ∼100% +283%
Razer Blade 15 Base Edition 2021, i7-10750H RTX 3060
Samsung SSD PM981a MZVLB512HBJQ
2146 (2000.31min - 2145.93max) MB/s ∼93% +255%
Lenovo Legion 5 15ACH-82JU00C6GE-FL
Micron 2300 512GB MTFDHBA512TDV
1898 (1607.66min - 1897.67max) MB/s ∼82% +214%
Acer Aspire Nitro 5 AN515-55-57GF
WDC PC SN530 SDBPNPZ-512G
1289 (598.8min - 1289.1max) MB/s ∼56% +113%
MSI Bravo 15 B5DD-010US
Kingston OM8PCP3512F-AB
978 (971.42min - 978.34max) MB/s ∼42% +62%
Kingston Fury Renegade 2 TB
 
604 (560.6min - 603.64max) MB/s ∼26%
AS SSD
Score Total
Asus TUF Gaming F15 FX507ZM
SK Hynix HFM001TD3JX013N
6117 Points ∼100% +20%
Kingston Fury Renegade 2 TB
 
5097 Points ∼83%
Razer Blade 15 Base Edition 2021, i7-10750H RTX 3060
Samsung SSD PM981a MZVLB512HBJQ
5015 Points ∼82% -2%
Lenovo Legion 5 15ACH-82JU00C6GE-FL
Micron 2300 512GB MTFDHBA512TDV
4170 Points ∼68% -18%
Acer Aspire Nitro 5 AN515-55-57GF
WDC PC SN530 SDBPNPZ-512G
2294 Points ∼38% -55%
MSI Bravo 15 B5DD-010US
Kingston OM8PCP3512F-AB
1923 Points ∼31% -62%
Score Read
Asus TUF Gaming F15 FX507ZM
SK Hynix HFM001TD3JX013N
2291 Points ∼100% +29%
Razer Blade 15 Base Edition 2021, i7-10750H RTX 3060
Samsung SSD PM981a MZVLB512HBJQ
1890 Points ∼82% +6%
Kingston Fury Renegade 2 TB
 
1778 Points ∼78%
Lenovo Legion 5 15ACH-82JU00C6GE-FL
Micron 2300 512GB MTFDHBA512TDV
1197 Points ∼52% -33%
Acer Aspire Nitro 5 AN515-55-57GF
WDC PC SN530 SDBPNPZ-512G
581 Points ∼25% -67%
MSI Bravo 15 B5DD-010US
Kingston OM8PCP3512F-AB
528 Points ∼23% -70%
Score Write
Asus TUF Gaming F15 FX507ZM
SK Hynix HFM001TD3JX013N
2660 Points ∼100% +5%
Kingston Fury Renegade 2 TB
 
2524 Points ∼95%
Lenovo Legion 5 15ACH-82JU00C6GE-FL
Micron 2300 512GB MTFDHBA512TDV
2370 Points ∼89% -6%
Razer Blade 15 Base Edition 2021, i7-10750H RTX 3060
Samsung SSD PM981a MZVLB512HBJQ
2170 Points ∼82% -14%
Acer Aspire Nitro 5 AN515-55-57GF
WDC PC SN530 SDBPNPZ-512G
1396 Points ∼52% -45%
MSI Bravo 15 B5DD-010US
Kingston OM8PCP3512F-AB
1151 Points ∼43% -54%
Seq Read
Kingston Fury Renegade 2 TB
 
4611.19 MB/s ∼100%
Asus TUF Gaming F15 FX507ZM
SK Hynix HFM001TD3JX013N
3013 MB/s ∼65% -35%
Lenovo Legion 5 15ACH-82JU00C6GE-FL
Micron 2300 512GB MTFDHBA512TDV
2960 MB/s ∼64% -36%
Razer Blade 15 Base Edition 2021, i7-10750H RTX 3060
Samsung SSD PM981a MZVLB512HBJQ
2401 MB/s ∼52% -48%
MSI Bravo 15 B5DD-010US
Kingston OM8PCP3512F-AB
1759.09 MB/s ∼38% -62%
Acer Aspire Nitro 5 AN515-55-57GF
WDC PC SN530 SDBPNPZ-512G
1479 MB/s ∼32% -68%
Seq Write
Asus TUF Gaming F15 FX507ZM
SK Hynix HFM001TD3JX013N
2768 MB/s ∼100% +34%
Lenovo Legion 5 15ACH-82JU00C6GE-FL
Micron 2300 512GB MTFDHBA512TDV
2586 MB/s ∼93% +25%
Razer Blade 15 Base Edition 2021, i7-10750H RTX 3060
Samsung SSD PM981a MZVLB512HBJQ
2087 MB/s ∼75% +1%
Kingston Fury Renegade 2 TB
 
2061.19 MB/s ∼74%
Acer Aspire Nitro 5 AN515-55-57GF
WDC PC SN530 SDBPNPZ-512G
1715 MB/s ∼62% -17%
MSI Bravo 15 B5DD-010US
Kingston OM8PCP3512F-AB
933.61 MB/s ∼34% -55%
4K Read
Asus TUF Gaming F15 FX507ZM
SK Hynix HFM001TD3JX013N
66.9 MB/s ∼100% 0%
Kingston Fury Renegade 2 TB
 
66.76 MB/s ∼100%
Razer Blade 15 Base Edition 2021, i7-10750H RTX 3060
Samsung SSD PM981a MZVLB512HBJQ
49.58 MB/s ∼74% -26%
Lenovo Legion 5 15ACH-82JU00C6GE-FL
Micron 2300 512GB MTFDHBA512TDV
46.84 MB/s ∼70% -30%
MSI Bravo 15 B5DD-010US
Kingston OM8PCP3512F-AB
40.72 MB/s ∼61% -39%
Acer Aspire Nitro 5 AN515-55-57GF
WDC PC SN530 SDBPNPZ-512G
27.8 MB/s ∼42% -58%
4K Write
Asus TUF Gaming F15 FX507ZM
SK Hynix HFM001TD3JX013N
184.8 MB/s ∼100% +1%
Kingston Fury Renegade 2 TB
 
183.37 MB/s ∼99%
MSI Bravo 15 B5DD-010US
Kingston OM8PCP3512F-AB
129.37 MB/s ∼70% -29%
Acer Aspire Nitro 5 AN515-55-57GF
WDC PC SN530 SDBPNPZ-512G
106 MB/s ∼57% -42%
Razer Blade 15 Base Edition 2021, i7-10750H RTX 3060
Samsung SSD PM981a MZVLB512HBJQ
98.8 MB/s ∼53% -46%
Lenovo Legion 5 15ACH-82JU00C6GE-FL
Micron 2300 512GB MTFDHBA512TDV
96.1 MB/s ∼52% -48%
4K-64 Read
Asus TUF Gaming F15 FX507ZM
SK Hynix HFM001TD3JX013N
1923 MB/s ∼100% +54%
Razer Blade 15 Base Edition 2021, i7-10750H RTX 3060
Samsung SSD PM981a MZVLB512HBJQ
1601 MB/s ∼83% +28%
Kingston Fury Renegade 2 TB
 
1250.11 MB/s ∼65%
Lenovo Legion 5 15ACH-82JU00C6GE-FL
Micron 2300 512GB MTFDHBA512TDV
854 MB/s ∼44% -32%
Acer Aspire Nitro 5 AN515-55-57GF
WDC PC SN530 SDBPNPZ-512G
406 MB/s ∼21% -68%
MSI Bravo 15 B5DD-010US
Kingston OM8PCP3512F-AB
311.72 MB/s ∼16% -75%
4K-64 Write
Asus TUF Gaming F15 FX507ZM
SK Hynix HFM001TD3JX013N
2198 MB/s ∼100% +3%
Kingston Fury Renegade 2 TB
 
2134.63 MB/s ∼97%
Lenovo Legion 5 15ACH-82JU00C6GE-FL
Micron 2300 512GB MTFDHBA512TDV
2015 MB/s ∼92% -6%
Razer Blade 15 Base Edition 2021, i7-10750H RTX 3060
Samsung SSD PM981a MZVLB512HBJQ
1862 MB/s ∼85% -13%
Acer Aspire Nitro 5 AN515-55-57GF
WDC PC SN530 SDBPNPZ-512G
1119 MB/s ∼51% -48%
MSI Bravo 15 B5DD-010US
Kingston OM8PCP3512F-AB
928.21 MB/s ∼42% -57%
Access Time Read
MSI Bravo 15 B5DD-010US
Kingston OM8PCP3512F-AB
0.163 ms * ∼100% -308%
Acer Aspire Nitro 5 AN515-55-57GF
WDC PC SN530 SDBPNPZ-512G
0.128 ms * ∼79% -220%
Razer Blade 15 Base Edition 2021, i7-10750H RTX 3060
Samsung SSD PM981a MZVLB512HBJQ
0.06 ms * ∼37% -50%
Lenovo Legion 5 15ACH-82JU00C6GE-FL
Micron 2300 512GB MTFDHBA512TDV
0.048 ms * ∼29% -20%
Kingston Fury Renegade 2 TB
 
0.04 ms * ∼25%
Asus TUF Gaming F15 FX507ZM
SK Hynix HFM001TD3JX013N
0.03 ms * ∼18% +25%
Access Time Write
Kingston Fury Renegade 2 TB
 
0.122 ms * ∼100%
Razer Blade 15 Base Edition 2021, i7-10750H RTX 3060
Samsung SSD PM981a MZVLB512HBJQ
0.11 ms * ∼90% +10%
Lenovo Legion 5 15ACH-82JU00C6GE-FL
Micron 2300 512GB MTFDHBA512TDV
0.094 ms * ∼77% +23%
MSI Bravo 15 B5DD-010US
Kingston OM8PCP3512F-AB
0.084 ms * ∼69% +31%
Asus TUF Gaming F15 FX507ZM
SK Hynix HFM001TD3JX013N
0.081 ms * ∼66% +34%
Acer Aspire Nitro 5 AN515-55-57GF
WDC PC SN530 SDBPNPZ-512G
0.04 ms * ∼33% +67%

* ... smaller is better

Disk Throttling: DiskSpd Read Loop, Queue Depth 8

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Kingston Fury Renegade 2 TB  : Ø6125 (970.09-7016.67)
Lexar NM800 Pro 2 TB  : Ø7044 (6476.06-7085.23)

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