Average Bench: 53.8% (779th of 1000)

Based on 171,993 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 46.1% 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-64Thread Mixed IO Speed 89.4MB/s
Avg. 4K Random Write Speed 74.1MB/s

Above average consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the Kingston SSDNow V300 120GB is 39.7%. 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 88MB/s
Avg. Sequential Write Speed 124MB/s
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Average Bench

(Based on 171,993 samples)
Min Avg Max
110 Read 232 394
90.5 Write 124 154
101 Mixed 157 200
57.3 SusWrite 88 128
33.3% 150 MB/s
Min Avg Max
12.2 4K Read 23.3 32.3
27.8 4K Write 74.1 109
14.9 4K Mixed 29.5 40.7
112% 42.3 MB/s
Min Avg Max
25.2 DQ Read 96.5 188
71.4 DQ Write 117 154
28.3 DQ Mixed 89.4 132
72.3% 101 MB/s
User Benchmarks Bench Sequential Random 4k Deep queue 4k
The fastest SSD (mainstream) averages a speed of 100%
13GB free
Firmware: 60AABBF0
SusWrite @10s intervals: 81 69 81 78 64 79 MB/s
Read 466
Write 153
Mixed 175
SusWrite 75.5
48% 217 MB/s
4K Read 27
4K Write 110
4K Mixed 24.4
130% 53.9 MB/s
DQ Read 202
DQ Write 100
DQ Mixed 150
112% 151 MB/s
20GB free (System drive)
Firmware: 541ABBF0
SusWrite @10s intervals: 75 73 74 69 72 76 MB/s
Read 138
Write 108
Mixed 114
SusWrite 73.4
24% 108 MB/s
4K Read 21
4K Write 80.5
4K Mixed 28.1
110% 43.2 MB/s
DQ Read 128
DQ Write 99.1
DQ Mixed 94
76% 107 MB/s
29GB free (System drive)
Firmware: 600ABBF0
SusWrite @10s intervals: 82 86 85 89 90 90 MB/s
Read 195
Write 122
Mixed 154
SusWrite 87.1
31% 140 MB/s
4K Read 17.4
4K Write 44.4
4K Mixed 21.6
78% 27.8 MB/s
DQ Read 67.9
DQ Write 95.3
DQ Mixed 100
70% 87.7 MB/s
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The number of benchmark samples for this model as a percentage of all 14,375,159 SSDs tested.

 Prices

Approx. $79 @ launch in Nov '12
EbayUS $4516 mins
AmazonUS $6017 days
NeweggUS $6520 months
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Typical SSDNow V300 120GB Builds (Compare 20,598 builds) See popular component choices, score breakdowns and rankings.
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Gaming 57%
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Desktop
Desktop 47%
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Workstation
Workstation 37%
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Motherboard: Asus M5A97 R2.0 - $88

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 94% - Outstanding Total price: $414

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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

13 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


Disliked

23 months 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.


Terrible

5 years ago.


Good

20 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.


Poor

5 months ago.

poor performance


Below average

3 years ago.

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


Average

16 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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