KingstonSV300S37A/120G
IntelSSDSC2CW120A3

Controller: LSI SandForce SF2281. Flash Memory: Toshiba 19nm Toggle Mode MLC. Release date: Q4 2012.

Controller: LSI SandForce SF2281. Flash Memory: Intel Synchronous 25nm MLC. Release date: Q1 2012.

Real World Speed
Performance profile from 124,427 user samples
117,129 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 72% 21GB free (System drive)
Worst Bench: 32% 6GB free (System drive)
Poor: 32% Great: 72%
SPEED RANK: 730th / 956
7,298 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 88% 49GB free
Worst Bench: 55% 61GB free (System drive)
Poor: 55% Great: 88%
SPEED RANK: 447th / 956
Effective Speed
Effective SSD Speed
52.9 % 72.2 % Much faster effective speed.
+37%
Read
Avg. Sequential Read Speed
223 MB/s 381 MB/s Much faster read speed.
+71%
Write
Avg. Sequential Write Speed
123 MB/s 151 MB/s Faster write speed.
+23%
4K Read
Avg. 4K Random Read Speed
22.7 MB/s 31.3 MB/s Much faster random read.
+38%
4K Write
Avg. 4K Random Write Speed
73.3 MB/s 79.9 MB/s Slightly faster random write.
+9%
Mixed
Avg. Sequential Mixed IO Speed
155 MB/s 202 MB/s Much faster mixed IO speed.
+30%
4K Mixed
Avg. 4K Random Mixed IO Speed
28.9 MB/s 35.5 MB/s Faster random mixed IO.
+23%
SusWrite
Avg. Sustained Write Speed
88.8 MB/s 129 MB/s Much faster sustained write speed.
+45%
Read
Peak Sequential Read Speed
387 MB/s 441 MB/s Slightly faster peak read speed.
+14%
Write
Peak Sequential Write Speed
153 MB/s 168 MB/s Slightly faster peak write speed.
+10%
4K Read
Peak 4K Random Read Speed
31.7 MB/s 39.9 MB/s Faster peak random read.
+26%
4K Write
Peak 4K Random Write Speed
112 MB/s 117 MB/s +4%
Mixed
Peak Sequential Mixed IO Speed
200 MB/s 219 MB/s Slightly faster peak mixed IO speed.
+10%
4K Mixed
Peak 4K Random Mixed IO Speed
40.7 MB/s 45.4 MB/s Slightly faster peak random mixed IO.
+12%
SusWrite
Peak Sequential Sustained Write 60s Average
124 MB/s 154 MB/s Faster peak sustained write speed.
+24%
Market Share
Based on 8,556,997 SSDs tested.
Market Share
Market Share (trailing 30 days)
1.9 % Insanely higher market share.
+1,483%
0.12 %
Value
Value For Money
40.4 % Slightly better value.
+12%
36.1 %
User Rating
UBM User Rating
59 % 61 % +3%
Price
Price (score)
$65 Much cheaper.
+43%
$115
Age
Newest
70 Months Slightly more recent.
+11%
79 Months
DQ Read
Peak 4K-64Thread Read Speed
191 MB/s 238 MB/s Faster peak deep queue read.
+25%
DQ Write
Peak 4K-64Thread Write Speed
152 MB/s 165 MB/s Slightly faster peak deep queue write.
+9%
AS-SSD Total
AS-SSD Total Score
676 Pts 788 Pts Stronger server IO.
+17%
DQ Mixed
Peak 4K-64Thread Mixed IO Speed
130 MB/s 187 MB/s Much faster peak deep queue mixed IO.
+44%
ADQ Read
Avg. 4K-64Thread Read Speed
96 MB/s 199 MB/s Hugely faster deep queue read.
+107%
ADQ Write
Avg. 4K-64Thread Write Speed
116 MB/s 145 MB/s Faster deep queue write.
+25%
ADQ Mixed
Avg. 4K-64Thread Mixed IO Speed
87.3 MB/s 153 MB/s Much faster deep queue mixed IO.
+75%
Capacity
Capacity
120GB 120GB
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The 120GB Kingston V300 has a performance profile that closely matches its 240GB sibling. Both drives utilize a Sandforce LSI controller and therefore demonstrate relative weakness in their write speeds. With burst sequential read/write speeds of 497/166 MBps and 4k burst read/write speeds of 30/97 MBps the 120GB V300 is amongst the slower SSDs I have seen. A concern I have with this drive is the relatively slow real world speeds our users have experienced. Most drives have average throughput rates that are around 75% of peak. Both this and the 240GB V300s, based on 130 samples, are averaging sequential read rates of around 240 MBps which is less than 50% of peak. It's not all bad news though because the V300's are priced extremely aggressively and as a result still offer decent value for money. [Feb '14 SSDrivePro]

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The Intel 520 Series was Intel's first SSD to feature a Sandforce 2281 controller. This controller has powered countless SSDs over the last three years but is now dated and is known to be limited in the area of incompressible write speed. The 120GB Intel 520 scored peak and average sequential read/write speeds of 514/157 and 421/133. These read speeds are good but the peak write of 157 MB/s lags the group leaders average of 313 MB/s by nearly 100%. This relative inability to write lowers the 520's overall effective speed to 403 MB/s or 15% lower than the 459 MB/s achieved by the group leaders. At two years of age the Intel 520 can no longer compete with newer drives, there is far better value available amongst the group leaders[Feb '14 SSDrivePro]

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Welcome to our 2.5" and M.2 SSD comparison. We calculate effective speed for both SATA and NVMe drives based on real world performance then adjust by current prices per GB to yield a value for money rating. Our calculated values are checked against thousands of individual user ratings. The customizable table below combines these factors to bring you the definitive list of top SSDs. [SSDrivePro]

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