Kingston SSDNow V300 128GB Solid State Drive Review

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Posted by on Friday, February 22, 2013 - 8:14pm

The newest of the series will be the V300 which is now offered in 60GB, 120GB and the largest 240GB sizes. The heart of the drive is a LSI SandForce controller and new 19mm NAND modules all optimized for Kingston. But is it enough to top one of our favorites? We will soon see.   

Kingston SSDNow V300 128GB  Solid State Drive Review
 

Introduction

We have seem over the past year or so that the SSDNow series is aimed that the budget consumer. The one that wants the core essentials of a solid state drive without having to pay out the nose for it, this series from Kingston has been just that. Good to better performance at a price point that many believe wont broke the bank.

The V200+ was the latest of the series that we have had on the bench. Performance best not the best but it offers better than mechanical drive numbers (way better), great security as well as Kingston's repetition of quality. This drives has been a mainstay in our test benches for some time and still going strong.

The newest of the series will be the V300 which is now offered in 60GB, 120GB and the largest 240GB sizes. The heart of the drive is a LSI SandForce controller and new 19mm NAND modules all optimized for Kingston. But is it enough to top one of our favorites? We will soon see.   

Kingston’s take on the V300

Kingston’s SSDNow V300 solid-state drive is a cost-effective way to revive your computer. It’s 10x faster than a hard drive plus more reliable, more durable and shock-proof. It features an LSI® SandForce® controller customized for Kingston and best-in-class components, and is available in kits with all the accessories needed for an effortless transition to the latest technology. For added peace of mind, it’s backed by a three-year warranty, free technical support and legendary Kingston® reliability.


Specifications

Form factor: 2.5"
Interface: SATA Rev. 3.0 (6Gb/s) – with backwards compatibility to SATA Rev. 2.0
Capacities1: 60GB, 120GB, 240GB
Sequential Reads2:
SATA Rev. 3.0 up to: 450MB/s
Sequential Writes2:
SATA Rev. 3.0 up to: 450MB/s
Maximum Random 4k Read/Write2:
60GB — up to 85,000/ up to 60,000 IOPS
120GB — up to 85,000 / up to 55,000 IOPS
240GB — up to 85,000 / up to 43,000 IOPS

Features

  • Fast — 10x faster than a 7200RPM hard drive
  • High Quality — features an LSI® SandForce® controller customized for Kingston
  • Reliable — with no moving parts, solid-state drives are less likely to fail than standard hard drives
  • Economical design optimized to make migrating to an SSD more affordable
  • Convenient — all-in-one kits with all the components for easy installation
  • Multiple capacities — to fit your workload
  • Guaranteed — three-year warranty, free technical support and legendary Kingston reliability

Closer look

Looking at the V300 is like looking at the previous model, so not much of a difference visually.

The casing has a medium gun metal color to it. And just like the OCZ Vector we just reviewed, this one also is just 7mm thick compared to the usual 9mm.

All the information you need to know about the drive is imprinted on the top of the drive. Information such as the model name, size and power draw can all be found here.

The drive is based on the latest SATA III controller which is also backwards compatible to the older SATA standards.

Opening the drive does take using a special security bit in order to excess the internal components. Remember doing this does void your warranty of three year from Kingston.

The heart of the drive is a rebadged SandForce SF-2281 controller. The controller does support TRIM as well as other measures to protect your data and prolong the life of the drive. The controller is one of the better know ones on the market and is the basis of most drives on the market at this time.

As far as the NAND, there are sixteen 8GB Toshiba MLC Toggle modules. Part number FT64G08UCT1. The modules are built using a 19nm process.


Test Hardware:

1. ASUS X79 Deluxe Motherboard
2. Intel Core i7 3930K Processor
3.Kingston HyperX 1866 DDR3 16GB
4.Kingston V+ 200 120GB Solid State Drive
5.ASUS BC12B1LT BD-Rom Drive
6. Thermaltake Frio Extreme CPU Cooler
7. MicrocoolBanchetto 101 Open Air Test Bench
8.Silverstone Strider Gold Evolution 850W Power Supply
9. ASUS Nvidia GTX 560Ti 448 Graphic Card

Results

HD Tune Pro 3.50
HD Tune Pro is an extended version of HD Tune which includes many new features such as: write benchmark, secure erasing, AAM setting, folder usage view, disk monitor, command line parameters and file benchmark.

ATTO Disk Benchmark
The ATTO Disk Benchmark performance measurement tool is compatible with Microsoft Windows. Measure your storage systems performance with various transfer sizes and test lengths for reads and writes. Several options are available to customize your performance measurement including queue depth, overlapped I/O and even a comparison mode with the option to run continuously. Use ATTO Disk Benchmark to test any manufacturers RAID controllers, storage controllers, host adapters, hard drives and SSD drives and notice that ATTO products will consistently provide the highest level of performance to your storage.

CrystalDiskMark 3.0
CrystalDiskMark is designed to quickly test the performance of your hard drives. Currently, the program allows to measure sequential and random read/write speeds.

Anvil's Storage Utilities
The Standard Storage Benchmark performs a series of tests, you can run the full test or just the read or the write test or you can run a single test like i.e. 4K QD16.

 


AS SSD
The synthetic tests to determine the sequential and random read and write performance of the SSD. These tests are carried out without using the operating system caches. In Seq-test measures the program how long it takes to read a full 1 GB of file to write respectively. In the 4K test the read and write performance for random 4K blocks is determined. The 4K-64-THRD-test corresponds to the 4K procedure except that here distributes the read and write operations on 64 threads. This test should be SSDs with Native Command Queuing (NCQ) differences between the IDE operation mode where NCQ is not supported, and represent the AHCI mode. The additional compression test can measure the performance of the SSD as a function of compressibility of the data. This is especially the controllers that are used to increase the performance and life of the cell compression is important.

SiSoftware Sandra
We are pleased to announce the launch of SiSoftware Sandra 2011, the latest version of our award-winning utility, which includes remote analysis, benchmarking and diagnostic features for PCs, servers, mobile devices and networks. A year ago, SiSoftware released Sandra 2010 with full support for Windows 7; in the 18 months since the launch of Windows 7, more than ever before we have seen the line blur between PC and entertainment hubs. Two months ago we released a Blu-Ray benchmark, now we have added a brand-new Media Transcoding benchmark using the new Media Foundation of Windows 7. We have also added yet another benchmark (GP Cryptography) which allows direct comparison of CPU performance (using crypto instruction sets) and GPGPU/GPCPU/GPAPU performance.

Simpli Software HD Tach
Sequential write test is available on removable media and non-partitioned fixed disks. Additionally, when an RW user chooses to save a set of benchmark results a .csv (comma separated values) file is saved for use in spreadsheet programs or internal databases. Finally, HD Tach RW is capable of performing the sequential read and write tests on the entire disk instead of the small number of zones in the quick and long test.


Conclusion

The Kingston SSDNow V300 is a very solid drive. If it wasn’t labeled as a budget drive many would not have known. The Read performance is well enough to be a great source for a machine that is heavy in media file for streaming to various other devices. In our testing we saw the drive outperform the older V200+ and held its own against of the market other popular drives.

Getting a hold of one of these drives will not cost you a week's salary. At about $100 or so can own a solid state drive that would blow away a traditional mechanical, great quality and good software package.

The drive is mated with a version of Acronis True Image software. The application makes transferring file or the entire contents of older drive worry-free.

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