Kingston SSDNow V300 2.5 Inch SSD Drive Review

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Most storage devices these days are very powerful and very expensive at the same time. This is great for people who enjoy new technology and want to build up their hardware, but for people with simple needs and fewer funds, there are not that many options.

Kingston’s SSDNew V300, however, is an example of just that – it doesn’t promise much, but it does exactly what it says on the can and costs a lot less than most other SSDs. While it may not be the newest SSD out there, we still wanted to take a look at what this Kingston drive has to offer.

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Kingston SSDNow V300 Performance

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.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 sequential read and write, Kingston SSDNow V300’s speeds when working with incompressible data varies between 180-450MB/s read and 133-208MB/s write, depending on the capacity. Kingston states that when working with compressible data, these speeds can theoretically reach 450MB/s on all models.

SSDNew V300 uses the SATA 3.0 6Gb/s interface, so note that if you connect this device, or any other fast SSDs, to 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.

 

Previous 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. While the issue has been largely resolved, many enthusiasts still point out how the drive could use its technology much better, with many of them still remembering the shady switch-a-roo by Kingston.

 

An Entry Level SSD

A few years ago, the SSDNow V300 might be one of the hottest SSDs in the market. After all, SSDs were 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 loading times for files or batches of files with tremendous sizes, then you might want to settle for another, more powerful SSD. The small capacity is the main downside of this drive since any SSD could deliver fast loading speeds and most modern SSDs can deliver a much higher capacity. Nevertheless, this SSD alone can reduce the boot time of a regular Windows 7 or Windows 10 operating system to mere seconds.

 

Alternatives

Even with the controversy and falling manufacturing costs of SSDs, Kingston’s SSDNow V300 is still one of the relatively cheapest solid-state drives on the market. However, with SSDs becoming more and more common, a comparison is needed with newer models:

 

As we can see from this comparison, the Samsung EVO 850 and Crucial MX100 both offer a bit more speed and whole lot more capacity than SSDNow V300. But what about the price? At the time of comparing (April 26, 2017), both EVO 850 and V300 cost around $0.35 per GB in the ~500GB bracket, with MX300 dropping to $0.30/GB. While this is excusable as this is a comparison between a 4-year old SSD and two hugely successful ones from just about a year ago, for the customer, only the end result is important.

Verdict

While this may have been the pioneering SSD model in the affordable bracket, the SSDNew V300 is slowly being overtaken by much more modern SSDs than can simply deliver more. However, even multiple years after its release back when SSDs only started to become popular, V300 is still one of the cheapest SSDs out there. This can still be a good first step in upgrading your PC, especially if it’s an older one.

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Capacity
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Performance
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Features
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Design
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Price
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Renars
He's fanatic tech lover with degree in electrical engineering. Hobbies? To buy, test, break and write about newest gadgets. Also, the CEO of HDDmag.com.

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