Average Bench: 53.6% (852nd of 1058)

Based on 339,020 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]

Average average bench

The Kingston SSDNow V300 120GB averaged 46.4% 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-64Thread Mixed IO Speed 91.6MB/s
Avg. 4K Random Write Speed 73.9MB/s

Average consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the Kingston SSDNow V300 120GB is 42.1%. This is a relatively wide range which indicates that the Kingston SSDNow V300 120GB performs inconsistently under varying real world conditions.

Weaknesses

Avg. Sustained Write Speed 88.3MB/s
Avg. Sequential Write Speed 122MB/s
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Average Bench

(Based on 339,020 samples)
Min Avg Max
101 Read 227 385
83.9 Write 122 153
99 Mixed 155 204
56.2 SusWrite 88.3 127
33% 148 MB/s
Min Avg Max
11.1 4K Read 22.9 32.1
29.8 4K Write 73.9 108
13.2 4K Mixed 29.4 41.4
112% 42.1 MB/s
Min Avg Max
26.3 DQ Read 101 195
69.5 DQ Write 118 153
29.3 DQ Mixed 91.6 133
73.9% 103 MB/s
User Benchmarks Bench Sequential Random 4k Deep queue 4k
The fastest SSD (mainstream) averages a speed of 100%
335GB free
Firmware: 583ABBF0
SusWrite @10s intervals: 277 294 281 292 290 289 MB/s
Read 587
Write 317
Mixed 324
SusWrite 287
84% 379 MB/s
4K Read 29.7
4K Write 89.4
4K Mixed 33.9
136% 51 MB/s
DQ Read 166
DQ Write 228
DQ Mixed 8.6
59% 134 MB/s
79GB free (System drive)
Firmware: 60AABBF0
SusWrite @10s intervals: 71 81 82 93 71 69 MB/s
Read 282
Write 121
Mixed 172
SusWrite 78
36% 163 MB/s
4K Read 23.2
4K Write 74.2
4K Mixed 28.5
111% 42 MB/s
DQ Read 95
DQ Write 126
DQ Mixed 102
79% 108 MB/s
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 Market Share (See Leaders)

The number of benchmark samples for this model as a percentage of all 57,592,766 SSDs tested.

 Prices

MSRP ≈ $79 @ launch in Nov '12
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Typical SSDNow V300 120GB Builds (Compare 53,153 builds) See popular component choices, score breakdowns and rankings.
Gaming
Gaming 2%
Tree trunk
Desktop
Desktop 64%
Destroyer
Workstation
Workstation 2%
Tree trunk

Disqualified System: bin bin

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 65% - Good Total price: $336

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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 8 years ago.

Poor (edit your comment) Add link

16 months 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


Average

2 years ago.

It was great upgrade from HDD. But it failed after 1,5 year of active usage


Disliked

21 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

5 years 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.


Good

5 years ago.

Perfect SSD for upgrading 5 years laptop. Super cheap.


Good

4 years 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.


Terrible

8 years ago.


Poor

3 years ago.

poor performance


Below average

6 years ago.

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


Average

2 years ago.

Elderly. Average writing and reading


Average

4 years 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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