Average Bench: 55.3% (816th of 1040)

Based on 257,819 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 44.7% 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 93.2MB/s
Avg. 4K Random Write Speed 74.4MB/s

Above average consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the Kingston SSDNow V300 120GB is 38.8%. 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 91.6MB/s
Avg. Sequential Write Speed 125MB/s
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Average Bench

(Based on 257,819 samples)
Min Avg Max
115 Read 237 401
88.9 Write 125 154
101 Mixed 159 204
60.3 SusWrite 91.6 129
34% 153 MB/s
Min Avg Max
13 4K Read 23.6 32.3
35.6 4K Write 74.4 108
18.1 4K Mixed 30.6 41.7
114% 42.9 MB/s
Min Avg Max
28.1 DQ Read 105 198
69.5 DQ Write 120 153
31.3 DQ Mixed 93.2 134
75.5% 106 MB/s
User Benchmarks Bench Sequential Random 4k Deep queue 4k
The fastest SSD (mainstream) averages a speed of 100%
62GB free (System drive)
Firmware: 603ABBF0
SusWrite @10s intervals: 94 92 83 84 90 90 MB/s
Read 234
Write 122
Mixed 166
SusWrite 88.9
34% 153 MB/s
4K Read 28.2
4K Write 110
4K Mixed 32.1
142% 56.9 MB/s
DQ Read 77.8
DQ Write 113
DQ Mixed 52.5
52% 81.2 MB/s
43GB free (System drive)
Firmware: 605ABBF2
SusWrite @10s intervals: 90 91 108 98 101 92 MB/s
Read 232
Write 148
Mixed 164
SusWrite 96.7
36% 160 MB/s
4K Read 23.8
4K Write 55.7
4K Mixed 32.5
107% 37.3 MB/s
DQ Read 118
DQ Write 150
DQ Mixed 119
94% 129 MB/s
24GB free (System drive)
Firmware: 605ABBF2
SusWrite @10s intervals: 106 97 103 100 95 100 MB/s
Read 224
Write 130
Mixed 198
SusWrite 100
36% 163 MB/s
4K Read 21.2
4K Write 42.6
4K Mixed 27.4
90% 30.4 MB/s
DQ Read 117
DQ Write 149
DQ Mixed 76.7
74% 114 MB/s
75GB free (System drive)
Firmware: 525ABBF0
SusWrite @10s intervals: 76 83 78 80 85 81 MB/s
Read 138
Write 108
Mixed 106
SusWrite 80.5
24% 108 MB/s
4K Read 24.5
4K Write 70.9
4K Mixed 27.7
110% 41 MB/s
DQ Read 121
DQ Write 98
DQ Mixed 93
74% 104 MB/s
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 Prices

MSRP ≈ $79 @ launch in Nov '12
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Typical SSDNow V300 120GB Builds (Compare 66,823 builds) See popular component choices, score breakdowns and rankings.
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Gaming 100%
UFO
Desktop
Desktop 87%
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Workstation
Workstation 95%
Nuclear submarine

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

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 61% - Good Total price: $1,001

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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 6 years ago.

Terrible (edit your comment) Add link

2 years 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

10 months ago.

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


Disliked

2 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

3 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.


Terrible

6 years ago.


Good

3 years ago.

Perfect SSD for upgrading 5 years laptop. Super cheap.


Good

3 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.


Good

17 months ago.

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


Poor

2 years ago.

poor performance


Below average

4 years ago.

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


Average

15 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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