Average Bench: 54.1% (791st of 1011)

Based on 201,282 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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Average average bench

The Kingston SSDNow V300 120GB averaged 45.8% 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 89.6MB/s
Avg. 4K Random Write Speed 75.7MB/s

Above average consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the Kingston SSDNow V300 120GB is 39.2%. 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 88.6MB/s
Avg. Sequential Write Speed 124MB/s
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Average Bench

(Based on 201,282 samples)
Min Avg Max
110 Read 228 388
94.2 Write 124 153
97.9 Mixed 155 200
61 SusWrite 88.6 124
33.1% 149 MB/s
Min Avg Max
12.1 4K Read 23 32.5
37 4K Write 75.7 110
16.6 4K Mixed 29.8 41.9
113% 42.9 MB/s
Min Avg Max
24.9 DQ Read 98.9 190
72.5 DQ Write 117 151
27.6 DQ Mixed 89.6 133
72.7% 102 MB/s
User Benchmarks Bench Sequential Random 4k Deep queue 4k
The fastest SSD (mainstream) averages a speed of 100%
110GB free
Firmware: 580ABBF0
SusWrite @10s intervals: 96 88 95 94 88 89 MB/s
Read 264
Write 114
Mixed 169
SusWrite 91.6
36% 160 MB/s
4K Read 28.5
4K Write 109
4K Mixed 33.7
144% 56.9 MB/s
DQ Read 80.9
DQ Write 118
DQ Mixed 85.2
68% 94.6 MB/s
10GB free (System drive)
Firmware: 60AABBF0
SusWrite @10s intervals: 86 75 68 72 77 70 MB/s
Read 334
Write 121
Mixed 150
SusWrite 74.6
37% 170 MB/s
4K Read 22.6
4K Write 77.9
4K Mixed 32.4
117% 44.3 MB/s
DQ Read 93.9
DQ Write 125
DQ Mixed 99.7
78% 106 MB/s
3TB free (System drive)
Firmware: BBF0
SusWrite @10s intervals: 90 74 77 77 89 88 MB/s
Read 178
Write 122
Mixed 142
SusWrite 82.5
29% 132 MB/s
4K Read 24
4K Write 53.9
4K Mixed 27.9
101% 35.3 MB/s
DQ Read 57.6
DQ Write 115
DQ Mixed 62.8
54% 78.5 MB/s
25GB free (System drive)
Firmware: 541ABBF0
SusWrite @10s intervals: 56 52 55 51 57 59 MB/s
Read 77.2
Write 74
Mixed 83.2
SusWrite 55
16% 72.3 MB/s
4K Read 15.8
4K Write 9.4
4K Mixed 13.7
46% 13 MB/s
DQ Read 21.6
DQ Write 11.7
DQ Mixed 14
11% 15.8 MB/s
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The number of benchmark samples for this model as a percentage of all 19,105,495 SSDs tested.

 Prices

Approx. $79 @ launch in Nov '12
AmazonUS $7012 mins
EbayUS $10022 mins
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Typical SSDNow V300 120GB Builds (Compare 24,571 builds) See popular component choices, score breakdowns and rankings.
Gaming
Gaming 45%
Speed boat
Desktop
Desktop 44%
Speed boat
Workstation
Workstation 33%
Sail boat

Motherboard: Asus M5A97 R2.0 - $96

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 45% - Average Total price: $581

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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 5 years ago.

Terrible (edit your comment) Add link

19 months ago.

Terrible, bait and switch like others have stated.

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

Comment 

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


Excellent

1 month ago.

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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

2 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

2 years ago.

Perfect SSD for upgrading 5 years laptop. Super cheap.


Good

2 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

5 years ago.


Good

2 months ago.

Definitely not a top-of-the-line SSD, but Kingston always guarantees reliability and well-made products.


Poor

10 months ago.

poor performance


Below average

3 years ago.

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


Average

15 days ago.

Elderly. Average writing and reading


Average

22 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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