Average Bench: 54.2% (844th of 1058)

Based on 343,129 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 45.7% 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 90.7MB/s
Avg. 4K Random Write Speed 73.8MB/s

Average consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the Kingston SSDNow V300 120GB is 41.9%. 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 90.3MB/s
Avg. Sequential Write Speed 125MB/s
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Average Bench

(Based on 343,129 samples)
Min Avg Max
105 Read 234 406
88.3 Write 125 153
99.2 Mixed 156 202
60 SusWrite 90.3 126
33.7% 151 MB/s
Min Avg Max
12.2 4K Read 23.2 32.9
27.8 4K Write 73.8 107
15.4 4K Mixed 29.8 41.3
112% 42.2 MB/s
Min Avg Max
24.7 DQ Read 100 199
68.9 DQ Write 118 153
27.7 DQ Mixed 90.7 132
73.4% 103 MB/s
User Benchmarks Bench Sequential Random 4k Deep queue 4k
The fastest SSD (mainstream) averages a speed of 100%
27GB free
Firmware: 505ABBF0
SusWrite @10s intervals: 76 70 81 74 69 92 MB/s
Read 447
Write 60.4
Mixed 144
SusWrite 77
40% 182 MB/s
4K Read 27.2
4K Write 24.6
4K Mixed 30
93% 27.3 MB/s
DQ Read 138
DQ Write 79.5
DQ Mixed 109
81% 109 MB/s
80GB free (System drive)
Firmware: 603ABBF0
SusWrite @10s intervals: 98 100 85 99 101 103 MB/s
Read 168
Write 104
Mixed 132
SusWrite 97.8
28% 126 MB/s
4K Read 20.2
4K Write 44.2
4K Mixed 26.8
88% 30.4 MB/s
DQ Read 27.8
DQ Write 83.7
DQ Mixed 34.5
32% 48.7 MB/s
12GB free (System drive)
Firmware: 583ABBF0
SusWrite @10s intervals: 83 85 90 93 91 76 MB/s
Read 189
Write 122
Mixed 149
SusWrite 86.1
30% 137 MB/s
4K Read 20.7
4K Write 36.9
4K Mixed 22.5
80% 26.7 MB/s
DQ Read 28.7
DQ Write 95
DQ Mixed 36.9
36% 53.5 MB/s
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The number of benchmark samples for this model as a percentage of all 47,293,658 SSDs tested.

 Prices

MSRP ≈ $79 @ launch in Nov '12
AmazonUS $698 days
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Typical SSDNow V300 120GB Builds (Compare 94,178 builds) See popular component choices, score breakdowns and rankings.
Gaming
Gaming 100%
Nuclear submarine
Desktop
Desktop 86%
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Workstation
Workstation 94%
Nuclear submarine

Motherboard: Asus ROG STRIX B450-F GAMING - $130

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 62% - Good Total price: $1,069

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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 7 years ago.

Poor (edit your comment) Add link

5 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

19 months ago.

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


Disliked

10 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

4 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

4 years ago.

Perfect SSD for upgrading 5 years laptop. Super cheap.


Terrible

7 years ago.


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.


Poor

2 years ago.

poor performance


Below average

5 years ago.

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


Average

23 months ago.

Elderly. Average writing and reading


Average

3 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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