KINGMAX PX3280 NVMe 256GB M.2 SSD Review

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It’s been a while since we last reviewed storage solutions in our office, and now we’re excited to test out KINGMAX’s latest offering in this regard. What we’re looking at here today is the company’s ZEUS PX3280, an NVMe M.2 SSD that carries the company’s ZEUS gaming banner, or so we believe is the case.

PACKAGING


For starters, the PX3280 pretty much arrives as basic as it can get. Nothing fancy here. It’s a simple, compact box that carries pretty much the KINGMAX and ZEUS brandings with the dragon going all around it, and some highlighted features and specifications printed front and back.


The PX3280 on the other hand is encased on a clear plastic tray to keep it safe and snuggly fit. There are no user manuals, paperwork, marketing stuff, extra screws, or anything of the sort here. Just straight up “here’s what you get,” which is actually a good thing as it keeps the cost down further. And hey, it’s not like there are other ways to use an M.2 SSD, right?

DESIGN


When it comes to the design, the PX3280 looks for a no-frills, straightforward aesthetics. And by that we mean there are no fancy heat sinks or anything of the sort. Everything is laid bare, and you can see the details from the front and back.

This in our opinion is a missed opportunity by KINGMAX, especially when they’re on a roll with their ZEUS line up. Entries in the company’s gaming line-up has seen great improvements in design, and this has been evident with the ZEUS DDR4 memory kit. Heat sink in that fashion could really have been a nice touch.

PERFORMANCE



TEST SYSTEM SETUP
MotherboardGIGABYTE AB350M-DH3
CPUAMD RYZEN 5 1600 3.2GHz
GPUZOTAC GTX 1060 6GB AMP
RAM16GB DDR4 2400MHz
StorageKINGMAX PX3280 + Seagate BarraCuda 4TB + 2TB Western Digital Green HDD + HyperX Fury SSD 120GB
PSUCorsair VS450
CaseSilverstone RL06
OSWindows 10 Pro N
DisplayBenQ GW2270H


 Crystal Disk Mark

We begin with one of the storage benchmark standards with Crystal Disk Mark to measure both of its read and write rates through a series of tests.



AS SSD Benchmark

AS SSD Benchmark is one of the standards when it comes to storage benchmarking, and it reads/writes a 1 GByte file as well as randomly chosen 4K blocks. It can also measure in IOPS in addition to MB/s.



Real World Performance

For the real world performance, we'll be using a set of 20GB file consisting of 119 video files, as well as an archived 16GB to test it out. The time is measured in seconds, and of course, lower is better.


CONCLUSION

Performance-wise, the KINGMAX PX3280 is no slouch. Its high capacity and high speed can easily make room for your operation system, and a couple of your games to match.

We’re not yet exactly sure how much it will be priced, although a quick Google-fu in the interwebs tell us it would cost about US$93, which is a lot cheaper than other M.2 NVMe SSDs that go past the $100 mark in the same capacity. It shines out more as a value-oriented offering rather than an all-out solution for your gaming machine. In this case, it’s about value, and we’re pleased to see the KINGMAX PX3280 greatly delivers.

Pros
Cons
  • Exceptional value
  • Performance is nice
  • Capacity is great

  • Doesn’t come with a heat sink 



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