Average Bench: 46.9% (740th of 927)

Based on 122,263 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]

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Below average average bench

The Kingston SSDNow V300 120GB averaged 53.1% 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.

Strengths

Avg. 4K Random Write Speed 68.6MB/s
Avg. 4K Random Read Speed 18.9MB/s

Above average consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the Kingston SSDNow V300 120GB is 34%. This is a relatively narrow range which indicates that the Kingston SSDNow V300 120GB performs reasonably consistently under varying real world conditions.

Weaknesses

Avg. 4K-64Thread Read Speed 66.7MB/s
Avg. Sequential Write Speed 109MB/s
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Average Bench

(Based on 122,263 samples)
Min Avg Max
146 Read 339 505
74.7 Write 109 144
91 Mixed 143 196
42.8% 197 MB/s
Min Avg Max
9.08 4K Read 18.9 27.7
24.5 4K Write 68.6 105
6.23 4K Mixed 11.4 16.9
79.5% 33 MB/s
Min Avg Max
17.1 DQ Read 66.7 156
52.1 DQ Write 103 142
6.79 DQ Mixed 21.1 38.7
33.8% 63.5 MB/s
User Benchmarks Bench Sequential Random 4k Deep queue 4k
The fastest SSD (mainstream) averages a speed of 100%
35GB free
Firmware: 505ABBF1 Max speed: SATA 3.0 600 MB/s
SYSTEM NCQ 4KALIGNED SSD TRIM S.M.A.R.T
Read 467
Write 142
Mixed 203
59% 271 MB/s
4K Read 18.9
4K Write 100
4K Mixed 15.9
102% 44.9 MB/s
DQ Read 186
DQ Write 148
DQ Mixed 34.8
62% 123 MB/s
25GB free
Firmware: 608ABBF0 Max speed: SATA 3.0 600 MB/s
SYSTEM NCQ 4KALIGNED SSD TRIM S.M.A.R.T
Read 381
Write 111
Mixed 160
47% 217 MB/s
4K Read 22.8
4K Write 81.7
4K Mixed 16.6
99% 40.4 MB/s
DQ Read 32.2
DQ Write 91.5
DQ Mixed 14.2
25% 46 MB/s
9GB free
Firmware: 520ABBF0 Max speed: SATA 3.0 600 MB/s
SYSTEM NCQ 4KALIGNED SSD TRIM S.M.A.R.T
Read 406
Write 120
Mixed 155
49% 227 MB/s
4K Read 17
4K Write 83.3
4K Mixed 9.86
82% 36.7 MB/s
DQ Read 106
DQ Write 115
DQ Mixed 29.5
45% 83.6 MB/s
88GB free
Firmware: 505ABBF1 Max speed: SATA 3.0 600 MB/s
NCQ 4KALIGNED SSD TRIM S.M.A.R.T
Read 294
Write 147
Mixed 188
46% 210 MB/s
4K Read 23.2
4K Write 40.8
4K Mixed 9.7
69% 24.6 MB/s
DQ Read 23.6
DQ Write 44.5
DQ Mixed 8.21
14% 25.4 MB/s
5GB free
Firmware: 608ABBF0 Max speed: SATA 3.0 600 MB/s
SYSTEM NCQ 4KALIGNED SSD TRIM S.M.A.R.T
Read 112
Write 116
Mixed 81.4
23% 103 MB/s
4K Read 16.6
4K Write 27.6
4K Mixed 8.32
50% 17.5 MB/s
DQ Read 22.4
DQ Write 27.6
DQ Mixed 7.55
11% 19.2 MB/s
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 Prices

Approx. $79 @ launch in Nov '12
NeweggUS $658 months
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Typical SSDNow V300 120GB Builds (Compare 15,414 builds) See popular component choices, score breakdowns and rankings.
Gaming
Gaming 39%
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Desktop
Desktop 47%
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Workstation
Workstation 39%
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Motherboard: MSI 970 GAMING (MS-7693) - $102

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 63% - Good Total price: $447

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 Comments

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

A cost-effective way to revive your computer...

Added 4 years ago.

Terrible (edit your comment) Add link

1 month ago.

Terrible, bait and switch like others have stated.

Comment 

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

Comment 

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


Good

12 months ago.

This is perfect. Just perfect.


Disliked

11 months ago.

Comment 

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


Good

12 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.


Terrible

4 years ago.


Good

12 months ago.

Perfect SSD for upgrading 5 years laptop. Super cheap.


Good

8 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

2 years ago.

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


Average

4 months 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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