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Kingston Digital 120GB SSDNow V300 SATA 3 2.5 (7mm height) with Adapter Solid State Drive 2.5-Inch SV300S37A/120G

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Capacity: 120 GB
  • RAM: 122880 MB
  • Hard Drive: 120 GB Serial ATA-300
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Capacity: 120 GB
  • Product Dimensions: 2.7 x 3.9 x 0.3 inches ; 3.4 ounces
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  • Item model number: SV300S37A/120G
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (990 customer reviews)
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  • Date first available at Amazon.com: November 12, 2012

Product Description

Capacity: 120 GB

Get more life out of your computer and maximize your existing investment by replacing your old hard drive with a Kingston SSDNow V300 solid-state drive. It’s the most cost-efficient way to dramatically improve the responsiveness of your system - and it’s less disruptive than migrating your data to a new system. SSDNow V300 features an LSI SandForce controller customized for Kingston and optimized for next-generation Flash memory to deliver the utmost in quality and reliability from two leading SSD brands. Because it’s made with solid-state components and has no moving parts, it’s shock-proof and withstands drops and bumps. SSDNow V300 is easy to install backed by a three-year warranty, free technical support and legendary Kingston reliability.

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Much faster now and battery life improved.
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About a 25% improvement in boot time and noticeably faster program load times.
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414 of 441 people found the following review helpful By W. Sumner on December 16, 2013
Size Name: 120 GB
Kingston seems to have pulled a Samsung and entered this device into the infamous hardware lottery. if you have version 5.05 of this device, then you are good to go and will achieve all rated speeds, power consumption, etc for it. This version of the device is manufactured in Taiwan.

As of version 5.06, it is a total crapshoot if you will get a good drive manufactured in Taiwan or one from their other manufacturing sites in China. The mainland Chinese versions to put it nicely, don't even come close to the rated read/write speeds for this particular device, with write speeds falling from the advertised rate to a max of 240 mb/s on SATA III (device is officially rated at over 500 mb/s write speeds and the 5.05 version regularly achieves 540 mb/s).

There are similar warnings and whatnot about this issue about the drive on other sites, with some customers going so far as accusing Kingston of bait-n-switch after submitting the 5.05 to all of the review sites where it was benchmarked and scored numerous high marks and then almost immediately (within two months) releasing the 5.06 into the retail market.
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December 18, 2013
Hello, I'm Jewel with Kingston Technical Support and would like to offer some clarification. Drives with firmware version 505 or 506 both meet advertised specifications. The firmware version has no bearing on the speed of the drive and drives typically ship with the latest firmware that has been qualified. All of our manufacturing facilities provide the same quality products and run at the same standards (http://www.kingston.com/us/company/facilities). If the drive is tested with ATTO Benchmark the speed results should meet or exceed advertised specifications which is officially 450MB/s read and write. Our KC300 SSD is 500MB/s write and 525MB/s read and our HyperX 3K is 450MB/s write and 540MB/s read. Feel free to contact us directly for more information or if there is any issue with the drive you received. Please call us at 1-800-435-0640 (USA and Canada only) M - F 6am - 6pm PT and I or another available Technician will assist you. Please be sure to have the part in question on hand when you call.

Thank you for selecting Kingston as your upgrade partner.
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321 of 344 people found the following review helpful By john fuhreck on December 22, 2013
Size Name: 120 GB Verified Purchase
*update 1/12/14* Firmware is not the issue, Kingston switched to asynchronous NAND

Seems I found the real culprit after speaking with several SSD experts on various tech forums, get ready for a class action lawsuit Kingston. Here's the scam, Kingston switched to cheap asynchronous memory chips that don't run in parallel after the first few months of production.

That means single channel bandwidth instead of multiple channels like earlier v300 SSD's. Instead of running at 200mhz, its running at 66mhz. This effects read and write speeds enormously.

Kingston hid this fact by using solvent on the original labeling of the memory chips, then printed their own logo on top. Kingston does not manufacture any memory themselves. When SSD was shipped out for review it used quality Toshiba 19nm NAND but Kingston used solvent on chips labels and printed their own. This was odd, but the reason for it soon became obvious. After only a few months they switched to inferior quality chips with the same Kingston label.

NO OTHER SSD MANUFACTURER ERASES ORIGINAL NAND LABEL AND PRINTS THEIR OWN ON TOP!

This is FRAUD in my opinion and Kingston could very well be seeing a class action lawsuit coming there way for this stunt. Other SSD makers have tried this crap in the past and got busted. They were forced to RMA all the drives back to synchronous memory chips which cost much more.

Kingston switched to cheaper quality NAND without saying a word. Firmware for Sandforce SSD's cannot cause you to lose 70 percent of read and write speeds. Lesson learned, never buy anything from Kingston again, they are criminals.
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The manufacturer commented on this review(What's this?)
December 23, 2013
Hello John,
I'm Jewel with Kingston Technical Support and would like to offer some clarification. Our V300 Solid State Drive uses the LSI SandForce 2281 SATA 6GB/s controller and MLC NAND from various manufacturers. The performance target for these drives is 450MB/s Read and Write using ATTO 2.41 with the SSD connected to a SATA 3.0 / 6Gb port. The SandForce 2281 controllers also employ a feature called DuraWrite™. In simple terms, this enables data compression and minimizes the data written to the SSD. DuraWrite™ extends the drives endurance and overall drive life with a byproduct of increased performance. There are a number of benchmark utilities publicly available that you can use however we use ATTO Benchmark 2.41 which we feel best reflects a real world workload. ATTO is also easy to obtain and run from the utility's website. Other benchmarking utilities may use fully incompressible data as part of their standard workload. Incompressible data can negatively affect benchmark performance on both the read and write speeds of our V300 drive depending on which NAND we are using. This is irrespective of the firmware revision of the drive. If the results stated in your review are from another benchmark utility that uses incompressible data than it will not show our advertised speeds. If the drive you recieved is performing 70% slower using ATTO than we can set up a warranty replacement to get you a properly working drive. For any further assistance, please call us at 1-800-435-0640 (USA and Canada only) M - F 6am - 6pm PT and I or another available Technician will assist you. Please be sure to have the part in question on hand when you call.

Thank you for selecting Kingston as your upgrade partner.
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131 of 143 people found the following review helpful By Ricardo R. on December 25, 2013
Size Name: 120 GB Verified Purchase
This is my first review.
I was pretty excited to get this drive because I saw it in “good” price and for all the positive reviews, however, I did a little research and I found that this drive is SLOW, because Kingston advertise that is about 450 megabytes per second both read and write but it does at approximately 170-130. I’ll summarize the info for you.
There are 3 types of firmware with this drive, the one I got has the firmware 5.0.6, which is the main problem because it slows down the drive for any reason. The other two are previous 5.0.5 firmware’s (they don’t have the problem), you can find which firmware the drive has by looking at the sticker in front of the drive, the one I got is 506ABBF0, or 5.0.6, you can also see it if you download the toolbox program from Kingston website.
However, by now there is no possibility to downgrade to the previous 5.0.5 firmware, or upgrade to the already release 5.0.7 that might correct the problem. The thing is that maybe all of this was planned. First Kingston sell this drive with the 5.0.5 firmware and quality components that reaches incredible speed and everybody rate it with positive reviews, but once it has gain a high reputation Kingston now produces a low quality cheap NAND flash inside of it, several people complains that maybe the problem is far beyond the firmware, maybe is the crappy quality products inside of this drive and therefore the firmware upgrade will never come, because the problem might be the product itself.
I use different benchmark programs (like crystal disk mark, as ssd or atto) and all the speeds and writes in sequential mode are around the 170-130, not even close to the 450 mb that Kingston advertise.
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The manufacturer commented on this review(What's this?)
December 26, 2013
Hello Ricardo,
I'm Jewel with Kingston Technical Support and would like to offer our assistance. Our V300 Solid State Drive uses the LSI SandForce 2281 SATA 6GB/s controller and MLC NAND from various manufacturers. The performance target for these drives is 450MB/s Read and Write using ATTO 2.41 with the SSD connected to a SATA 3.0 / 6Gb port. The SandForce 2281 controllers also employ a feature called DuraWrite™. In simple terms, this enables data compression and minimizes the data written to the SSD. DuraWrite™ extends the drives endurance and overall drive life with a byproduct of increased performance. There are a number of benchmark utilities publicly available that you can use however Kingston uses ATTO 2.41 which we feel best reflect a real world workload. ATTO is also easy to obtain and run. Other benchmarking utilities may use fully incompressible data as part of their standard workload. Incompressible data can negatively affect benchmark performance on both the read and write speeds of our V300 drive depending on which NAND we are using. This is irrespective of the firmware revision of the drive. Our products bring to market a real world workload as advertised under the conditions outlined in our documentation. All Kingston V300 SSDs bring an excellent user experience to our customers namely faster boot and shutdown, faster application loading, extended battery life verses HDDs, faster disk performance overall and most importantly a quality SSD product. If as you stated the drive is not performing properly when tested with ATTO than the drive you recieved may be defective and can be replaced under warranty. Please call us at 1-800-435-0640 (USA and Canada only) M - F 6am - 6pm PT and I or another available Technician will assist you. Please be sure to have the part in question on hand when you call.

Thank you for selecting Kingston as your upgrade partner.
85 of 91 people found the following review helpful By Scott on March 3, 2014
Size Name: 120 GB
AnandTech finally came out with an updated review of the V300 today. Google 'An Update to Kingston SSDNow V300: A Switch to Slower Micron NAND' to find it.
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79 of 86 people found the following review helpful By GK on January 5, 2014
Size Name: 120 GB Verified Purchase
The drive I received was made in taiwan not china and shipped with the 5.21 firmware, but it still read the slow read/ write speeds, 170/130 mb/s
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January 13, 2014
Hello, I'm Jewel with Kingston Technical Support and would like to offer our assistance. We understand that not all benchmarking utilities provide consistent results with our V300 SSD. This is caused by slight differences in the behavior of the MLC NAND flash component that may be used in the SSD and differences in the workload used by the benchmarking utilities. The NAND flash component may be from various manufacturers in an effort to continually bring the highest quality SSD products to our customers. All V300s are designed with the LSI SandForce 2281 SATA 6GB/s controller and should reach our out-of-box advertised read/write speed of 450MB/s in a SATAIII (6Gbps) port in AHCI mode tested with ATTO Benchmark 2.41. We stand by all of our products and are here to help. If the drive is not performing as advertised or you are unsatisfied with performance of the drive, please contact us and we will do our best to resolve the issue under our warranty. Please call us at 1-800-435-0640 (USA and Canada only) M - F 6am - 6pm PT and I or another available Technician will assist you. Please be sure to have the part in question on hand when you call.

Thank you for selecting Kingston as your upgrade partner.
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27 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Chu Qing Hao on January 26, 2014
Size Name: 120 GB Verified Purchase
DO NOT BUY this drive. Speeds are slower than expected as Kingston switched out the components for poorer quality, slower chips. As consumers, it is our responsibility to avoid these manufacturers that pull bait-and-switch scams.
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January 27, 2014
Hello Chu,
I'm Jewel with Kingston Technical Support and yes I'm really here to help out. We designed the V300 to be a great entry level drive with a good mix of price and performance. To do that we source both synchronous and asynchronous NAND flash components for the V300 from various manufacturers. This in turn creates a delta in performance from build to build, while all meet our baseline fresh-out-of-box spec of 450-450MB/s in ATTO, some may exceed. All Kingston SSDs go through a rigorous qualification process which begins with qualifying the NAND flash components we use to ensure a high quality product. More details on our testing procedures available here: http://www.kingston.com/us/company/testing . If the drive is not performing as specified in our datasheet or you are unsatisfied with the working performance of the drive, please contact us and we will do our best to resolve the issue under our warranty, as detailed here: http://www.kingston.com/us/company/warranty . Please call us at 1-800-435-0640 (USA and Canada only) M - F 6am - 6pm PT and I or another available Technician will assist you. Please be sure to have the part in question on hand when you call.

As always, thank you for selecting Kingston as your upgrade partner.
87 of 98 people found the following review helpful By Christopher P. on December 11, 2013
Size Name: 120 GB
If I bought this drive a year ago it would have been a great purchase. That was when all the reviews for these drives were written on most tech sites and all the benchmarks came out.

Fast forward a year and I order 2 of these drives and I receive less than half of the reported benchmark speeds. I used 2 different computers, both had SATA in ACHI with TRIM enabled, SATA III ports.

Kingston's response of course is that the benchmarks are measured using ATTO Disk Benchmark which uses uncompressed data which gives higher benchmarks.

However I have seen multiple reviews done a year ago that used both CrystalDiskMark and AS SSD Benchmark and both of those tools had sequential read speeds of ~450 MB/s. CDM can be run using compressed and uncompressed data but both scores for this drive a year ago were at least 450 MB/s. All my results for my two copies of this drive are ~170 MB/s.

I'm not the only one either. Google this drive, all the reviews people give of this drive getting good benchmarks are the 5.0.5 version of this drive. Everyone I've seen who has the new 5.0.6 version are all slow. I'm not sure if its the firmware or the fact that Kingston is taking advantage of the early good reviews and just now using cheaper parts to save money.

The worst part of this entire experience is that I wasted Black Friday to purchase these drives. Now all my other options are at least 20% more expensive so I'm just completely out of luck.

This drive is marginally faster than a standard HDD for way more money. Kingston is scamming everyone
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