Review of Kingston SSDNow V300 2.5 Inch SSD Drive

A Review of Kingston SSDNow V300

It has been a while since the first batch of “affordable” Solid-State Drives, or most commonly known as SSDs, emerged in the casual computing and gaming markets. Kingston’s SSDNow V300 was one of those drives. And for the past few years, this same model has drawn a lot of flak and praises from its buyers. 

Kingston SSDNow V300 Review — Performance and Specs

Kingston SSDNow V300 comes in different storage capacities (60GB, 120GB, and 240GB). When it comes to sequential read and write, Kingston SSDNow V300 is 450 MB/s. Do note that if you connect this device, or any other fast SSDs, in a motherboard that only has SATA 2.0 ports, the drive’s performance will be bottlenecked at 300 MB/s. It is recommended that you connect this device to a motherboard that supports SATA 3.0 to achieve its maximum performance.

When it comes to 4KB random read tests, Kingston SSDNow V300 performs fairly with 85K IOPS (regardless of storage capacity). On the other hand, SSDNow V300’s performance varies when it comes to 4KB random write tests, depending on the drive’s storage capacity. The lower the storage space, the faster. The results are 60 IOPS, 55K IOPS, and 43K IOPS for 60 GB, 120 GB, and 240 GB respectively. This is acceptable and as expected.

Drive is available in five capacities – 60GB, 120GB, 240GB, 480GB and 960GB


Kingston SSDNow V300 Review — Controversy

This product has been the target of numerous detracting comments from buyers and reviewers. The controversy is about the older or the first few batches of the Kingston SSDNow V300 drives that underperformed and failed to deliver what was advertised. SSDNow V300 drives that were made and released before the drives that came with firmware version 5.0.5 (505) were the ones that were considered problematic.
The issue was about the NAND chips or flash memories (NAND is a type of flash memory tech) used on the old drives with older firmware versions being subpar. And unfortunately, Kingston did not release specifications regarding these chips when the drives were first released in the market. So, in case you will get one, be sure to check the firmware version of the drive and make sure that it has the latest firmware version.

Kingston SSDNow V300 Review — As an Entry Level SSD

A few years ago, the SSDNow V300 might be one of the hottest SSDs in the market. After all, SSDs are not that common back then and at the time of its release, it was considered as a mid-range solid-state drive.
Nowadays, with more powerful drives available in the market, SSDNow V300 is considered as more suited to people who just want to give their old computers an upgrade. This drive often comes in low and mid-ranged PC packages.
If you just want to leave the old hard disks behind and want to improve the boot and loading time of your computer, then this product will suit you well. However, if you are a gamer or a professional that demands faster file load time of files or batch of files with tremendous sizes, then you might want to settle for another SSD.
Nevertheless, this SSD alone can reduce the boot time of a regular Windows 7 or Windows 10operating system to mere seconds.

Kingston SSDNow V300 Review — Pricing

With the controversy and lowering manufacturing costs of SSDs, Kingston’s SSDNow V300 is one of the “relatively” cheapest solid-state drive on the market. Of course, other manufacturers or brands like Samsung, Plextor, and Crucial are good alternatives if you want to get an inexpensive entry-level SSD for your computer. To be more precise, the price difference between Kingston and other brands range around $10 to $20.

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General
Brand: Kingston
Size: 2.5 inch
External Interface: SATA
Supporting Max. Hard Drive Capacity: 240GB
Read Speed: 6Gb/s
Color: Black
Dimensions and Weight
Product weight: 0.054 kg
Package weight: 0.128 kg
Product Size(L x W x H): 10.10 x 7.00 x 0.80 cm / 3.98 x 2.76 x 0.31 inches
Package Size(L x W x H): 18.40 x 13.20 x 1.80 cm / 7.24 x 5.20 x 0.71 inches


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