Kingston SSDNow V300 120GB SSD | SSD Installation & Benchmark

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Is this Kingston SSD still slow and terrible after the NAND switch? Watch me to find out ^__^

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-Intro
whats goin on guys, Jerry Neutron here and I’m back with another video. And I know what you’re probably thinking, oh no WHY do you have that SSD?! You heard about the NAND switch right? Well, these things were on sale for $55 on NewEgg so I decided to take a chance on one. Part of me was thinking, hey maybe they changed their manufacturing process back to the way it was before BUT none of these things will sell due to the negative press so I may get a decent drive for a steal. So I picked one up to install and test and I’ll get into that in a moment but first let me go over the stats of this SSD.

-Stats
Okay so for those unaware, this is the Kingston SSDNow V300. This is the 120GB model as you can see and it’s a 2.5″ drive. According to Kingston it has a custom LSI SandForce controller, 450 MB/s sequential read/write speeds – more on that later and I’m not sure on the NAND. Its likely an asynchronus NAND but I’m actually getting different performance than some of the big review websites which claim there is a Micron 20nm NAND on-board so it’s possible Kingston changed their manufacturing process again – I’m not really sure. But anyway, it’s time to install this baby in my rig.

-Install
Okay so since I just picked up the bare drive, it did not come with any adapter brackets or cables so I had to figure that part out on my own. Luckily my case has a spot for an SSD right on the bottom so it was a pretty simple install, I just had to dig around for cables and screws. Once it was in there I connected my cables and tried to clean them up a bit and off I went. At this point I really am wishing I had a case with some cable management as it’s lookin a little cramped BUT not much I can do. So now that I’ve got the drive installed, it’s time for some benchmarks.

-Benchmark
So I ran a clean install of Windows 8.1 on this drive and as soon as it was done I fired up the AS SSD benchmark and ran the test a few times. And all of the results were pretty similar, within 3-4 MB of each other. In this particular test I hit around 437 and 158 MB/s sequential read/write speeds and 4K speeds of 15 and 59 MB/s read/write. So as you can see I don’t hit the Kingston advertised 450 read/write speeds, which I already knew wasn’t going to happen BUT what you DO get is entry level SSD performance at a low price. Based on this benchmark SSD performance is pretty similar to a Crucial MX100 and other SSDs in that bracket. As long as you are aware of this going in the performance isn’t too disappointing.

-Thoughts
So after all this, what are my thoughts on this SSD? Well, I think if I was buying an SSD for the first time #1 I would skip entry level SSDs entirely. There are performance increases to be had with going to an SSD but honestly I could live without it. It’s not a night and day difference IMO, at least not on the entry level side. I certainly wouldn’t recommend cutting performance on the CPU or GPU end just to fit an SSD into your budget. So if you’re going to get one, you may as well make it worth it and at least go for mid-range or enthusiast grade SSDs. Also I’d go with a 256GB model as 128GB SSDs may leave you a little cramped for space a year from now, also some SSDs increase in performance as they go up in size.

-Conclusion
So thats pretty much all I have to say about that. Thanks for watching guys and don’t forget to like, comment, subscribe and all that good stuff and until next time, see ya!

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