Solid state drives have changed considerably over the years though the biggest change is the price. Not so long ago solid state drives were expensive with an steep cost per gigabyte however, with the wide adoption of this technology and growing number of competing manufacturers, the price of these drives have been falling to a more acceptable level. They still have a higher cost per gigabyte than a hard drive, though when you take into account the impressive performance a SSD can have, it’s a must for an OS boot drive.
With so many manufacturers constantly releasing new SSD models it can sometimes be a little overwhelming to choose the most suitable drive. One manufacturer is Kingston, one of the world leaders in flash memory. It’s no surprise that Kingston have jumped onto the SSD train, after all they are growing considerably in popularity. Kingston has released many different models of solid state drives with a range of storage capacities catering to different buyers. One SSD range Kingston has developed is the SSDNow V300.
Models in the SSDNow V300 product range have a variety of capacities to suit different buyers with different budgets and requirements. The capacities are: 60GB, 120GB, 240GB and 480GB. We’re thankful Kingston has manufactured drives with a wide range of capacities as it allows people with all kinds of budgets to get their hands on them. We currently have one model from the SSDNow V300 range, the 120GB version.
The Kingston 120GB SSDNow V300 is a solid state drive targeting the value market, promising to offer a healthy combination of price, performance and reliability. This solid state drive is powered by a custom LSI controller boasting read and write speeds up to 450MB/s. These specifications are hard to ignore, especially as they are considerably faster than a standard 7200RPM hard drive.
We wanted to take a deeper look at this drive to see how well it performed. We’re excited to test this solid state drive, considering it’s one of the most affordable 120GB SSDs available.
This solid state drive comes in the 2.5″ form factor which makes it compatible with laptops and desktops. On the front of this drive there is a visually appealing design featuring the Kingston logo and information about the drive, such as the capacity and model number. Around the side there is four mounting holes to easily secure the drive into your case and four more on the bottom, making it widely compatible.
Around the back of the drive we see a SATA Rev 3 port and a power connection. While this drive supports SATA Rev 3 (6GB/s) it also is backwards compatible with SATA Rev 2 (3GB/s). For the best performance it’s recommended to connect this SSD to a SATA Rev 3 port on your motherboard.
The design of this drive is simple and appealing, though it’s not a major selling point considering a SSD will be shoved in your case, rarely to be seen again. We’re fans of a simple design on a solid state drive and feel that the designs on others are often over complicated.
Solid state drives are undoubtedly superior to traditional hard drives in performance. With much higher read and write speeds alongside lower seek times it makes a solid state drive ideal for a boot drive. If you’re used to mechanical hard drives you will know the painfully long booting process, especially as more software gets installed.
To get a better idea of performance we wanted to run a few benchmarks on this drive. We benchmarked this solid state drive using CrystalDiskMark 3.0.3 with compressible and incompressible data.
The Kingston 120GB SSDnow V300 drive offers respectable performance in CrystalDiskMark 3.0.3 when using compressible data. This SSD managed to reach a read speed of 420MB/s and a write speed of 431MB/s in the sequential benchmark. 512k and 4k performance was also decent, achieving high results. The write performance of this drive is exceptional which is pleasant to see since many manufacturers neglect write performance in favour of higher read performance.
Our next benchmark was with incompressible data in CrystalDiskMark 3.0.3.
Sadly, this drive did not offer high end performance when benchmarked with incompressible data. The reads only reached 182MB/s in the sequential benchmark which is not as fast as competing solid state drives. We would have liked to of seen both the read and write speeds a little higher though given the price of this drive it’s respectable and is suitable for budget conscious buyers. The performance of this SSD is still considerably better than a mechanical hard drive and we would feel comfortable installing Windows on this drive for faster boot times.
Pricing of solid state drives have fell considerably over the past few years. Fortunately, they are now affordable for even a budget conscious buyer. The Kingston 120GB SSDnow V300 drive can be found for around £50, placing it appropriately against other competing solid state drives. This model is one of the cheapest 120GB solid state drives which makes it ideal for those who want a SSD in a budget system.
The Kingston 120GB SSDNow V300 solid state drive is an affordable storage device which is set to appeal to budget buyers. It’s compact, simple and attractive design makes it discreetly slot into either a laptop or desktop for consumers to enjoy the fast read and write speeds a SSD can offer. The performance of this solid state drive was fantastic in compressible data though struggled with incompressible data. Even when transferring incompressible data, this SSD is faster than a standard hard drive and offers lower seek times for a more responsive system. It’s priced well, costing only around £50 at the time of this review, making it one of the cheapest 120GB solid state drives available. We feel comfortable recommending this drive to those looking for an affordable solid state drive to install their operating system on to enjoy a more responsive computing experience.