|Item Weight||1.9 ounces|
|Product Dimensions||2.7 x 3.9 x 0.3 inches|
|Item model number||SV300S37A/120G|
|Number of Items||1|
|Manufacturer Part Number||SV300S37A/120G|
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Kingston Digital 120GB SSDNow V300 SATA 3 2.5 Solid State Drive (SV300S37A/120G)
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- Reliable: with no moving parts, solid-state drives are less likely to fail than standard hard drives
- Economical: design optimized to make migrating to an SSD more affordable
- Capacity: 120GB, Interface: SATA Rev. 3.0 (6Gb/s) – with backwards compatibility to SATA Rev. 2.0. 120GB — 180MB/s Read and 133MB/s Write.
- Form Factor: 2.5-Inch drive available in 7.0mm with plastic adapter to fit in 9.5mm system
- Fast: 10x faster than a 7200RPM hard drive
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Kingston Digital Bundle Kit with Adapter Solid State Drive
- 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 a 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.
- This SSD is designed for use in desktop and notebook computer workloads and is not intended for Server environments.
¹Based on 'out-of-box performance' using a SATA Rev. 3.0 motherboard. Speed may vary due to host hardware, software and usage. IOMETER Random 4k Random Read/Write is based on 8GB partition.
²Some of the listed capacity on a Flash storage device is used for formatting and other functions and thus is not available for data storage. As such, the actual available capacity for data storage is less than what is listed on the products. For more information, go to Kingston’s Flash Memory Guide at our website.
³Limited warranty based on 3 years or SSD 'Life Remaining,' which can be found using the Kingston SSD Manager (available on our website). A new, unused product will show a wear indicator value of one hundred (100), whereas a product that has reached its endurance limit of program erase cycles will show a wear indicator value of one (1). Check our website for details.
- Cost-effective system upgrade
- Makes your system more responsive
- Maximizes your computer investment
10x faster than a hard drive¹
With incredible read/write speeds, V300 will not only increase performance but can also be used to breathe new life into older systems.
SSDNow V300 is shock- and vibration-resistant for rugged reliability when used in notebooks and other computing devices.
V300 is available in 120GB, 240GB and 480GB capacities² to suit anyone’s needs.
Ideal for desktops and notebooks
V300 is a 2.5-inch SSD in a 7mm form factor to fit in a wider array of systems. It’s ideal for slimmer notebooks or custom builds with limited space available.
|A400 SSD||UV400 SSD||HyperX Fury SSD||HyperX Savage SSD|
|Application||Dramatically improves the responsiveness of your existing system with incredible boot, loading and transfer times compared to mechanical hard drives.||Powered by a four-channel Marvell controller for incredible speeds and higher performance compared to a mechanical hard drive.||Faster system boot up times, application loading and file execution. Allows for faster map and level load times in game with increased frames per second.||Ultra-responsive multitasking and an overall faster system with quick transfer and edit of large media files.|
|Capacity²||120GB, 240GB, 480GB||120GB, 240GB, 480GB, 960GB||120GB, 240GB, 480GB||120GB, 240GB, 480GB, 960GB|
|Controller||2 Channel||Marvell 88SS1074||SandForce 2281||Phison S10|
|Compressible Data Transfer (ATTO)¹||120GB: 500MB/s / 320MB/s. 240GB: 500MB/s / 350MB/s. 480GB: 500MB/s / 450MB/s.||120GB: 550MB/s / 350MB/s. 240GB: 550MB/s / 490MB/s. 480GB: 550MB/s / 500MB/s. 960GB: 540MB/s / 500MB/s||500MB/s / 500MB/s||120GB: 560MB/s / 360MB/s. 240GB-960GB: 560MB/s / 530MB/s|
|Random 4k Read/Write¹||NA||120GB: 60,000/15,000 IOPS. 240GB: 70,000/25,000 IOPS. 480GB: 80,000/35,000 IOPS||120GB: 11,500/52,000 IOPS. 240GB: 22,000/41,000 IOPS. 480GB: 30,000/41,000 IOPS||120GB: 93,000/83,000 IOPS. 240GB: 93,000/89,000 IOPS. 480GB: 92,000/89,000 IOPS. 960GB: 97,000/89,000 IOPS|
|IOMETER Maximum Random 4k Read/Write¹||NA||120GB: 90,000/15,000 IOPS. 240GB: 90,000/25,000 IOPS. 480GB: 90,000/35,000 IOPS. 960GB: 90,000/50,000 IOPS||120GB: 84,000/52,000 IOPS. 240GB: 84,000/41,000 IOPS. 480GB: 73,000/28,000 IOPS||120GB: 100,000/84,000 IOPS. 240GB: 100,000/89,000 IOPS. 480GB: 100,000/88,000 IOPS. 960GB: 99,000/89,000 IOPS|
|Warranty³||Limited 3 years||Limited 3 years||Limited 3 years||Limited 3 years|
Revive Your Computer
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 is backed by free technical support and legendary Kingston reliability.
Kingston's SSDNow V300 is:
- Faster--improves speed of loading applications and system boot up
- Reliable--with no moving parts, solid-state drives are less likely to fail than traditional hard drives
- Economical--design is optimized to make migrating to an SSD more affordable
- Convenient--all-in-one kits are available with all the components needed for a fast and easy installation
- Multiple capacities--up to 240GB, to fit your workload
- Silent--runs silent and cool
Dependable and durable
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.
Top customer reviews
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.
Thank you for selecting Kingston as your upgrade partner.
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.
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.
I've used ATTO and Crystal and other performance utilities on this and other SSD drives I have. What I found was that this drive far under-performs every other SSD drive I have (about half as fast as my 128GB SSD that is almost 2 years old now) except with the ATTO benchmark Kingston requires. Why does Kingston require it? Probably because it uses highly compressible data and they have built the firmware/drive/controller combo to perform well with that one tool. Unfortunately, the real world doesn't use highly compressible data all the time nor does your operating system perform its functions just like ATTO. Most pictures, games, and other software already compress data and that will not perform well on this drive (as other perf utils show). I'll add a screen shot of my Crystal Benchmark performance (something I've always found consistent) for your personal comparison.
I'm Jewel with Kingston Technical Support. We understand that not all benchmarking utilities, such as Crystal Disk Mark, provide consistent results with our V300 SSD. 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.
The ATTO benchmark that Kingston uses is unrepresentative of a workload consisting of incompressible data (like audio or video editing).
Relying on a benchmark like that is like Ford saying their new engine with with two fewer cylinders will perform the same as their old one, but only on flat ground.
Referring to their benchmark sheet, scroll down and see the read/write rates at the bottom:
The older 120S drives clearly blow the 120As out of the water. Even WITH compressible data, the write/read speeds are not comparable to the pre-sandforce controller drives. Running a command that writes PURE ZEROS (highly compressible), I achieved write speeds of only 178mb/s (dd if=/dev/zero bs=1024k of=/Volumes/SSD/testfile count=2048).
The only reason this isn't illegal under consumer protection is because Kingston rates these drives using the ATTO benchmark, and "technically" they all meet spec. I have contacted Kingston customer support and I've requested a full refund.
I'm Jewel with Kingston Technical Support and would like to offer some clarification. NAND is a flash component while the LSI® SandForce® is the controller which has not changed. Due to NAND having a life span of 12-15 months with newer and smaller geometries being developed, over time the exact same NAND component becomes unavailable. What we ensure is that no matter the exact NAND used in the V300 is that it will meet our advertise specifications. The 450MB/s specification is found testing with ATTO which uses compressible data. We have also included incompressible data transfer rates found when testing with CyrstalDiskMark or AS SSD in our datasheet, found here: http://www.kingston.com/datasheets/sv300s3_us.pdf . Both the synchronous and asynchronous versions of the V300 will meet or exceed all of those specifications. For more information about the overall performance of the V300, please see out V300 Benchmark Brief: http://media.kingston.com/pdfs/SV300_Brief_US.pdf . For any further questions/concerns, 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.
Thank you for selecting Kingston as your upgrade partner.