Average Bench: 53.6% (875th of 1080)

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 BenchSequentialRandom 4kDeep queue 4k
The fastest SSD (mainstream) averages a speed of 100%
28GB free (System drive)
Firmware: 505ABBF1
SusWrite @10s intervals: 130 114 112 118 118 128 MB/s
Read 422
Write 142
Mixed 187
SusWrite 120
48% 218 MB/s
4K Read 28.9
4K Write 64
4K Mixed 30.7
117% 41.2 MB/s
DQ Read 174
DQ Write 140
DQ Mixed 105
93% 140 MB/s
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The number of benchmark samples for this model as a percentage of all 76,410,805 SSDs tested

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Typical SSDNow V300 120GB Builds (Compare 24,606 builds) See popular component choices, score breakdowns and rankings
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Gaming 2%
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Desktop 61%
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Workstation 2%
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Disqualified System: bin bin

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 61% - Good Total price: $333

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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 10 years ago.

Poor (edit your comment) Add link

3 years ago.

Terrible, bait and switch like others have stated.

Comment 

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

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


Average

4 years ago.

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


Disliked

3 years 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

7 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

7 years ago.

Perfect SSD for upgrading 5 years laptop. Super cheap.


Good

6 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

10 years ago.


Poor

5 years ago.

poor performance


Below average

8 years ago.

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


Average

4 years ago.

Elderly. Average writing and reading


Average

6 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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