had much (if any) experience with Kingston SSDs. For that matter, the
CanadaComputers geeks I spoke with in the store didn't know much about
Kingston's SSDs either... I like to ask computer store employees which brands
generate the highest number of RMA's, to see if they know their stuff and
to find out which brands I should avoid. According to the CanadaComputers staff
PCSTATS chatted with, the highest RMA award goes to OCZ, so we
decided to give the Kingston SSDnow V300 SSD a shot.
review PCSTATS will be testing the 240GB Kingston SSDnow V300 SSD
- a 6Gb/s SATA III drive rated by the manufacturer for sequential read speeds up
to 450MB/s and write speeds up to 450MB/s. Kingston's "SSDNow
V300" is built around MLC NAND Flash
and reportedly the LSI SandForce (SF-2281) controller. In the hierarchical world of
Solid State Drives, Kingston's SV300S37A/240G slots into the mainstream class.
Looking at the numbers, Kingston's SSDnow V300
SSD is spec'd for 4KB random reads at 85,000 IOPS and 4KB random writes at 43,000 IOPS.
The SSDNow V300 drive supports SMART, NCQ, and TRIM. Peak
power consumption is rated at 2.052W, idle is a scant 64mW; this puppy can certainly
help extend notebook battery life if you're considering an SSD to replace a
2.5" HDD. The 1.0 million hours MTBF rating Kingston assign to the SSDnow V300
is lower than other SSDs PCSTATS have tested (average is 1.2M -
2M hrs MTBF). The drive is backed by a 3 year
Kingston's 2.5" SSDNow V300
240Gb SSD (model: SV300S37A/240G) retails for around $214 USD/CDN, or about $0.89/GB. The SSDnow V300 family includes models ranging from 60GB to 240GB capacity.
240GB Kingston SSDNow V300
MLC NAND Flash
Garbage collection: Yes
Interface: 6Gb/s SATA
Formfactor: 2.5" (9.5mm
SSDNow V300 comes in a standard die cast aluminum chassis, painted gray
with a large logo sticker on one side and nothing on the opposite. The
SSD measures 2.5" wide and is just 7mm thick. It comes with a stick-on plastic
frame that increases overall thickness to 9.5mm. Nothing else is included.
Kingston's 2.5" SSDNow V300
The on board controller is what makes or
breaks an SSD -- it's responsible for balancing bandwidth, latency and reliability.
Kingston's SSDNow V300 reportedly uses an LSI SandForce (SF-2281) controller.
The useable capacity of the drive is 223.6GB. Let's see how this SSD handles itself on the PCSTATS test bench, next.
Prelude to Benchmarks
The details of how the Kingston's SSDnow
V300 SSD test system was configured for benchmarking; the specific
hardware, software drivers, operating system and benchmark versions is indicated
below. Please take a moment to look over PCSTATS test system
configurations before moving on to the individual benchmark results on the next
|PCSTATS Test System