Average Bench: 47.4% (670th of 873)

Based on 99,989 user benchmarks.  Models: KINGSTON SV300S37A120G, KINGSTON SV300S37A12, KINGSTON SV300S37A120G, KINGSTON SV300S3, KINGSTON KINGSTON SV300S3

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]


Below average average bench

The Kingston SSDNow V300 120GB averaged 52.6% lower than the peak scores attained by the group leaders. This isn't a great result which indicates that there are much faster alternatives on the comparison list.


Avg. 4K Random Write Speed 69.1MB/s
Avg. 4K Random Read Speed 19.5MB/s

Above average consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the Kingston SSDNow V300 120GB is 33.9%. This is a relatively narrow range which indicates that the Kingston SSDNow V300 120GB performs reasonably consistently under varying real world conditions.


Avg. 4K-64Thread Read Speed 66.5MB/s
Avg. Sequential Write Speed 109MB/s

Average Bench

(Based on 99,989 samples)
Min Avg Max
151 Read 337 503
78.2 Write 109 142
92 Mixed 144 196
42.8% 197 MB/s
Min Avg Max
9.66 4K Read 19.5 29.9
32.3 4K Write 69.1 105
6.56 4K Mixed 11.8 17.6
81.3% 33.5 MB/s
Min Avg Max
17.8 DQ Read 66.5 157
49.4 DQ Write 103 144
6.77 DQ Mixed 21.3 39.2
33.9% 63.4 MB/s
User Benchmarks Bench Sequential Random 4k Deep queue 4k
The fastest SSD (mainstream) averages a speed of 100%
97GB free
Firmware: 608ABBF0 Max speed: SATA 3.0 600 MB/s
Read 442
Write 125
Mixed 161
53% 243 MB/s
4K Read 31.9
4K Write 118
4K Mixed 18.8
135% 56.2 MB/s
DQ Read 103
DQ Write 145
DQ Mixed 38.2
53% 95.5 MB/s
22GB free
Firmware: 527ABBF0
Read 471
Write 119
Mixed 181
56% 257 MB/s
4K Read 25.8
4K Write 84.9
4K Mixed 13
101% 41.2 MB/s
DQ Read 154
DQ Write 122
DQ Mixed 37.5
55% 105 MB/s
78GB free
Firmware: 60AABBF0 Max speed: SATA 3.0 600 MB/s
Read 504
Write 138
Mixed 187
60% 276 MB/s
4K Read 25.6
4K Write 45.4
4K Mixed 15
82% 28.7 MB/s
DQ Read 194
DQ Write 127
DQ Mixed 47.3
66% 123 MB/s
64GB free
Firmware: 60AABBF0 Max speed: SATA 3.0 600 MB/s
Read 396
Write 137
Mixed 194
53% 242 MB/s
4K Read 17.7
4K Write 41.3
4K Mixed 10.6
62% 23.2 MB/s
DQ Read 165
DQ Write 134
DQ Mixed 10.3
46% 103 MB/s
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The number of benchmark samples for this model as a percentage of all 5,202,202 SSDs tested.


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Typical SSDNow V300 120GB Builds (Compare 12,028 builds) See popular component choices, score breakdowns and rankings.
Gaming 39%
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Desktop 47%
Workstation 39%
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Motherboard: MSI 970 GAMING (MS-7693) - $102

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 55% - Above average Total price: $632

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Controller: LSI SandForce SF2281. Flash Memory: Toshiba 19nm Toggle Mode MLC.

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6 months ago.

Better than my hard drive


slow ssd. but it's super cheap—Sep '14


Kingston wins the bait & switch sleezebag trophy with this one—Sep '15


8 months ago.

This is perfect. Just perfect.


7 months ago.


The devices s/n 501 to 504 were performing way better than what Kingston is offering now with the s/n 506 and up. This marketing idea of starting with a good product, get good press and then keep only the case is bad. Do not buy Kingston.—Sep '14


4 months ago.

slow writes. Mi first ssd.


8 months ago.

It gave new live to my old laptop. For a very convenient price. Maybe is not the best SSD, but it is cheap and fits well to my needs.


3 years ago.


1 month ago.



8 months ago.

Perfect SSD for upgrading 5 years laptop. Super cheap.


4 months ago.

This drive is installed into a 2007 Mac Mini used as a media centre. Although it's not a fast SSD drive, it's perfect for this old Mac where the real bottle neck is the drive bus speed. Super fast compare to a standard HD, and has extended the life of this machine yet another couple of years. Thanks Kingston for your super cheap, yet super under performing drive. Works for me.

Below average

22 months ago.

Poor performance when compared with other SSDs at the same price and capacity.


18 days ago.

Measurable fast boot up speed increase but that's to be expected with an SSD. Will do more research before my next SSD purchase as the size is a massive limitation of the value of this product.

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