Kingston SSDNow V300 240GB SSD Review
As the SSD market gradually comes to grips with lower prices, greater popularity and higher performance metrics, the new Kingston SSDNow V300 represents an intriguing blend of possibilities for first time SSD buyers. It combines cutting edge, high performance NAND with a price that is very easy to swallow, potentially allowing for it to become one of today’s most popular drives.
This isn’t the first time we’ve been able to look at the V300. Indeed, the 120GB version was an impressive SSD, hitting well above its weight class while costing significantly less that its immediate competition. However, with the gradual march of SSDs towards more affordable pricing grounds and consumers’ never-ending need for higher capacities, 120GB of storage just won’t be enough. The 240GB version meanwhile may be part of Kingson’s “Value” brand (as opposed to the HyperX series’ focus on extreme bandwidth) but is has capabilities which were once reserved for much higher-end SSDs.
There aren’t many differences between the V300’s various SKUs, unlike some competitors which feature performance that can vary wildly between different capacities. However, one area in which Kingston distinguishes their drives is the inclusion of so-called “Upgrade” versions. These include all of the necessary hardware and software to migrate the data on your existing drive to the new SSD and are broken down into a Dekstop Bundle Kit and a Notebook Bundle Kit.
With the Desktop Bundle included, the V300 comes in at around $210 while the Notebook Bundle holds a further $10 premium on top of that. However, without any extras, a bare V300 240GB goes for just $185 which is Intel 335 180GB territory. Also, if previous experience with this class of drives is any indication, this larger version should also be a touch faster than its smaller 120GB sibling due to higher capacity NAND with slightly better performance figures.
For the purposes of this review, Kingston sent us a Desktop Bundle which includes these accessories a Molex to SATA power adapter, SATA cable, 2.5” to 3.5” mounting hardware and Acronis True Image HD software. If this were the Notebook Bundle, it would also include an external drive enclosure for data migration, and a height-adaptor plate to ensure the drive fits within you notebook’s confines. As with all V-series drives, this one receives Kingston’s excellent 3-year warranty, regardless of whether you buy the bare drive or one of the upgrade kits.
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.
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