Kingston always takes special attention to low-cost SSD products, with a great price to capacity ratio. Last year Kingston released the UV300 SSD series, which was their low-cost budget friendly Solid-State Drive (SSD) with company’s first TLC NAND drive, but its custom LSI controller didn’t have a great performance. With new advancements in controller technologies and improvements in TLC NAND Flash, Kingston redesign and bring the UV400 series drives with much faster speed and higher capacities ranging up to 960GB.
In this review PCSTATS will be testing the 240GB Kingston SSDnow V300 SSD - a 6Gb/s SATA III drive rated by the manufacturer for sequential read speeds up to 450MB/s and write speeds up to 450MB/s. Kingston's "SSDNow V300" is built around MLC NAND Flash and reportedly the LSI SandForce (SF-2281) controller.
Kingston’s SSDNow V300 is:
- Faster–improves speed of loading applications and system boot up
- Reliable–with no moving parts, solid-state drives are less likely to fail than traditional hard drives
- Economical–design is optimized to make migrating to an SSD more affordable
- Convenient–all-in-one kits are available with all the components needed for a fast and easy installation
- Multiple capacities–up to 240GB, to fit your workload
- Silent–runs silent and cool
- Dependable and durable
The V300 240GB comes clad in an all-metal exterior. The dark gray with pebble finish is certainly attractive, but not nearly as attention grabbing as Kingston’s HyperX and HyperX 3K line.
From an architectural standpoint the V300 240GB is identical to the 120GB model. Both use sixteen 19nm Toggle Mode NAND ICs and a single Kingston branded SF2281 controller. The larger model even uses the same heatpads as the smaller sibling. The only difference is instead of 8GB NAND chips the 240GB makes use of 16GB ICs.
Kingston's SSDNow V300 comes in a standard die cast aluminum chassis, painted gray with a large logo sticker on one side and nothing on the opposite. The SSD measures 2.5" wide and is just 7mm thick. It comes with a stick-on plastic frame that increases overall thickness to 9.5mm. Nothing else is included.
Kingston has a handful of SSD drive lines, aimed variously at enterprises, business users, and regular consumers. To keep things simple, we'll stick to discussing the consumer lines for this review.
The company has a trio of drive lines on offer here. At the high end, for enthusiasts and those willing to spend more for extra speed, Kingston carries over its HyperX brand (which it established in the high-end memory-module market) to the HyperX 3K SSDs, distinguishing the HyperX drives with a fancy brushed-metal exterior.
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