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The packaging for the Fury Renegade is simple and to the point and perfect for retail. It is a hanger card with the drive itself fully visible behind plastic. The packaging has a black background with white and red on the top half. I like that the line drawings are the same design as on the drive itself. Then in the center, they have the full name including the Kingston branding and that includes information on the drive being a PCIe 4.0 NVMe M.2 drive as well. Down at the bottom they have the Kingston FURY branding repeated again with their logo and then up on top in the red they have the drive size and the estimated read speed listed. The back of the packaging is completely covered in small fine print as well as a bunch of the normally required certification logos. The barcode is on the back as well as a small window that lets you see the drive size and serial number on the sticker on the back of the drive.

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So the Fury Renegade is an M.2 2280 drive which is the standard M.2 length that you typically see. Kingston has utilized both sides of the drive on the 2TB model that they sent here. The top side has a black sticker with the Kingston Fury branding in the center along with a line design that we saw on the packaging and also a design that they have used on the top edge of the heatspreaders on past memory kits as well. This top sticker does have a metal base to it just like Sabrent drives have been doing. It isn’t a full heatsink, but the metal does function as a very thin heatspreader. The top lets you know that this is a PCIe 4.0 NVMe drive on the left side and that this is the Renegade on the right. Then on the back, they have a standard sticker type in white. The back sticker has the drive's capacity on it as well as information like the drive's serial number. About half of the sticker is also covered in the normal regulatory certification logos as well. Overall I like the black top sticker on the black PCB, ironically our test bench runs with the drives upside down so this sticker isn’t visible, but the test bench also normally has a built-in heatsink so none of this would be visible either way which is what a lot of the gaming-focused motherboard have been doing these days.

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I pulled the metal-backed sticker up on the top and the regular sticker on the back so we could get a better look at the layout of the Fury Renegade as well as to see what components are used. I wouldn’t recommend taking these stickers off yourself because they never go back on the same, especially the metal one that bends. So the “top” of the drive has four NAND chips and then one memory chip in the center. The NAND are branded Kingston and have a model number of fb25608UCM1-9E listed on them. This is 176-Layer Micron 3D TLC B47R NAND even though they are branded Kingston. As the model number does hint at, each is a 256 GB chip which gives us 1TB per side of the drive. Then the memory in the center on the top side is also Kingston branded with the model number D5116AN9CXGRK. These are DDR4 running at 2666 and the drive has a total of 2GB of this cache with one on each side of the drive. The backside of the Renegade has the same four NAND chips and memory in the center in the same layout. But this side has a sixth chip which is the Phison controller sitting in the center next to the cache. Its model number is the PS5018-E18-41 which is the Phison E18 controller which is an 8 channel controller with PCIe 4.0 support and is the same controller I saw on the Rocket 4.0 Plus. Overall this is a solid combination with the E18, the Micron NAND, and having a 2GB cache. 

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