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Kingston SSD Now 300V 120GB Conclusion:
One thing that is obvious right off the bat is that this drive is not meant to be the fastest drive on the block but to offer a gateway into the world of SSD ownership without blowing up the system budget. When the performance of the V300 120GB is compared to a mechanical drive there really is no comparison with Kingston's offering soundly trouncing a mechanical drive in each of the tests. Using an LSI-SandForce controller that has been customized for Kingston to manage the latest 19nm Toshiba-based NAND, the performance can only go up from here. Even so the drive outperformed its specifications in several of the tests.
The SSD Now series drives are offered in several ways to fit consumers tastes. The 120GB drive I tested today is offered as a bare drive, as a desktop upgrade kit, or as a notebook upgrade kit. The desktop upgrade kit I am looking at is priced at $114 putting the kit at less than $1 a gigabyte for a drive with reasonable capacity. If 120GB of capacity is not enough the SSD Now V300 drive is available in a 240GB version as well as a 60GB version. At only 7mm thick, this V300 drive is a perfect candidate for use in the latest crop of slim notebooks and Ultrabooks.
As an upgrade path Kingston has put together a rather complete package that includes an installation DVD and disk cloning software, along with all the parts to make the drive fit your system. Sporting a 1,000,000 hour MTBF, the three-year warranty is a way to guarantee any issues will be covered for at least the first 26280 of them. As a drive upgrade the price point makes the V300 series attractive for a number of reason, with low cost chief among them with performance that fits that price point.
- Faster than specifications
- Available in kit form
- Low cost
- Small 7mm form factor
- Three-year warranty
- Not the fastest drive