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Kingston Technology 120GB Solid State Drive 2.5-inch V300 SATA 3

by Kingston
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (391 customer reviews)

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  • Faster - improves speed of loading applications and system boot up^Reliable - with no moving parts, solid state drives are less likely to fail than standard hard drives^Economical - design optimised to make migrating to an SSD more affordable^Convenient - all-in-one kits with all the components for easy installation^Multiple capacities to fit your workload
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Product Information

Technical Details
Item Weight95 g
Product Dimensions7 x 10 x 0.7 cm
Item model numberSV300S37A/120G
SeriesSV300S37A/120G V300
RAM Size122880 MB
Hard Drive Size120 GB
Wattage1 watts
Additional Information
Best Sellers Rank 385 in Computers & Accessories (See top 100)
Shipping Weight141 g
Date First Available1 Jan 2012
Warranty & Support
Warranty, Parts: Replacement parts covered under manufacturer's warranty terms for 12 months from date of purchase

Warranty, Labor: Labour cost covered under manufacturer's warranty terms for 12 months from date of purchase


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Product Description

Product Description

SSDNow V300

Revive Your Computer

Get more life out of your computer and maximise 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 another system.

SSDNow V300 is backed by free technical support and legendary Kingston reliability.

Kingston SSDNow V300 Solid State Drive
Based on PCMark Vantage, Advanced Edition HDD Test Suite
Kingston SSDNow V300 Solid State Drive
Make your system more responsive and maximise your computer investment. View larger

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 optimised 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 480GB, to fit your workload
  • Silent -- runs silent and cool
  • Dependable and Durable

    SSDNow V300 features an LSI SandForce controller customised for Kingston and optimised 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.

    Features Compressible Data Transfer (ATTO) 450MB/s Read and 450MB/s Write speed and Incompressible Data Transfer (AS-SSD and CrystalDiskMark) 180MB/s Read and 133MB/s Write speed.

    Kingston SSD Comparison Chart

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    SSDNow V300
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    SSDNow KC300
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    HyperX 3K
    Capacities 60GB, 120GB, 240GB, 480GB 60GB, 120GB 60GB, 120GB, 180GB, 240GB, 480GB 120GB, 240GB , 480GB
    Read Speed Up to 450MB/s (AS-SSD and CrystalDiskMark) Up to 550MB/S Up to 525MB/s Up to 555MB/s (120GB-240GB); 540MB/s (480GB) 3
    Write Speed Up to 208MB/s (AS-SSD and CrystalDiskMark) Up to 520MB/S Up to 500MB/s Up to 510MB/s (120GB-240GB); 450MB/s (480GB) 3
    IOPS - random 4K read Up to 85,000 60GB 14,000 (max)
    120GB 17,000 (max)
    60GB 85,000 (max)
    120GB 85,000 (max)
    180GB 85,000 (max)
    240GB 85,000 (max)
    480GB 73,000 (max)
    120GB 85,000 (max)
    240GB 86,000 (max)
    480GB 74,000 (max)
    IOPS - random 4K write 60GB 60,000 (max)
    120GB 55,000 (max)
    240GB 43,000 (max)
    60GB 77,000 (max)
    120GB 45,000 (max)
    60GB 64,000 (max)
    120GB 64,000 (max)
    180GB 64,000 (max)
    240GB 52,000 (max)
    480GB 32,000 (max)
    120GB 73,000 (max)
    240GB 60,000 (max)
    480GB 32,000 (max)
    TRIM Support Yes Yes Yes Yes
    Form Factor 2.5" 1.8" 2.5" 2.5"
    Drive Weight 88 grams (+/- 2 grams) 27.43 grams (+/- 2 grams) 60GB - 240GB - 86 grams (+/- 2 grams)
    480GB - 92.3 grams (+/- 2 grams)
    81 grams (+/- 2 grams)
    Drive Dimensions 69.8mm x 100.1mm x 7mm 78.5mm x 54mm x 5mm 69.8mm x 100.1mm x 7.0mm 69.85mm x 100mm x 9.5mm

    Box Contains

    1 x Solid State Drive
    Installation Manual

    Customer Questions & Answers

    Customer Reviews

    Most Helpful Customer Reviews
    314 of 317 people found the following review helpful
    1.0 out of 5 stars WARNING! Reduced performance of newer drives 30 Jan 2014
    Style Name:Standalone| Size Name:60GB|Verified Purchase
    Please excuse the technical nature of this review:

    There are primarily two types of NAND flash which is used in SSDs, synchronous and asynchronous. Drives using the superior synchronous NAND typically have twice the read/write performance of those with the older asynchronous NAND (when compared clock-for-clock). The V300 (as initially manufactured and reviewed by many websites) used the faster synchronous NAND, but Kingston have recently changed the product to use the slower (and cheaper) asynchronous NAND. The change was confirmed by Kingston on 16 January 2014:

    "We use NAND from various manufacturers both synchronous and asynchronous. The first revision you have is made with synchronous and the second asynchronous."


    Tests are showing the newer V300 drives are performing at less than half the speed of the earlier V300s. Kingston are using inflated results from benchmarking software which is sympathetic to the dynamic data-compression used by the SandForce controller in the V300 to claim that the new drives still meet their "on the box" performance claims. Whilst technically correct, the real-world performance of the newer drives is significantly reduced compared to the earlier versions of the drives.

    The Kingston V300 in its initial form (as I purchased four months ago) was a genuine five-star product, but this new incarnation (along with the associated deception) is simply a mediocre SSD trading off the reviews of the original drive.
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    88 of 89 people found the following review helpful
    1.0 out of 5 stars Complete Rip Off 10 Feb 2014
    Style Name:Standalone|Size Name:120GB
    I bought one these in January and it was the 506a version (made in taiwan) and is not much better than a normal hdd, when using "AS SSD benchmark software" it is reporting it at 175mb read speed nowhere near 450mb. And reading forums it looks like all versions later than the 505a are the same and while there is a slight improvement to my boot times it is not worth it. I dont think i'll ever buy anything from Kingston again as this looks like a bit of a scam as they release a really good drive and get great reviews and then change the product completely.
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    8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
    1.0 out of 5 stars Not acceptable! 23 July 2014
    Style Name:Standalone| Size Name:120GB|Verified Purchase
    Like many people posted - the new version of the drive switched to slower memory chips and is nowhere near advertised speeds. This is not an acceptable practice Kingston!
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    5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
    1.0 out of 5 stars Not what I expected ...... 13 July 2014
    Style Name:Standalone| Size Name:120GB|Verified Purchase
    Installed this disk for my Windows 8 laptop and was disappointed with the performance improvements over my regular HDD. Did some benchmarking and found out that my sequential read performance was topping out at around 176 MB/s instead of the 470 MB/s or so it gets in benchmarks when you look at the reviews of this product. Have found out that Kingston have swapped out all of their synchronous NAND from the original product and swapped it for far cheaper slower asynchronous NAND and that I'm stuck with this poor performance. Wish I'd spent the extra 10 for a Samsung or maybe a Corsair drive.

    Very dishonest by Kingston, I will no be buying any of their products again.
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    5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
    Style Name:Standalone| Size Name:120GB|Verified Purchase
    Installed in October and it got progressively more difficult to boot the computer (Desktop), eventually failing altogether, replaced with a Samsung evo, Incidentally I replaced the drive in my Laptop with a Samsung drive att he same time which is still going strong. I have emailed Kingston to see if they will replace this drive as I dont feel like losing out the purchase price, never mind the agro to rebuild the computer from scratch. To be fair, whilst it ran, it gave the machine a new lease of life, but that is true of any SSD really.
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    66 of 72 people found the following review helpful
    1.0 out of 5 stars Sketch Move Kingston 10 Jan 2014
    Style Name:Standalone|Size Name:120GB
    This SSD is meant to have a read/write speed of up to 450MB/s according to the specs on the kingston website.

    However it seems that Kingston have changed the NAND chips inside this SSD and it now tops out at about 150MB/s.

    I received one with the model number 506ABBF0 it seems those with the model number 505ABBF1 are unaffected.

    It looks like Kingston has switched from synchronous to asynchronous flash causing a huge drop in performance that is vastly different from the manufacturers specs.

    Take a read of the below.
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    2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
    1.0 out of 5 stars BEWARE! 8 Aug 2014
    Style Name:Standalone| Size Name:240GB|Verified Purchase
    These drives were originally really good - fast, reliable, and at a good price. HOWEVER; Kingston has changed out some of the components they used in the original drive - trying to hide it by keeping the same product name and not telling anyone. The newer versions are rubbish - performance has more than halved! Avoid the V300 drives like the plague, you can't get hold of the good old versions anymore. Kingston you are risking your reputation pulling a stunt like this - how long did you think it would be before people noticed that their drives were half the speed of what you promised!?

    I ordered one, and then found out from a friend; fortunately there was no problem returning it unopened. Didn't even have to pay for the return shipping! (That's why I'm giving one star rather than zero)

    As an alternative, I recommend Crucial MX100 series. They are a similar price but (at least) twice the performance; and you don't feel like you've been ripped off.
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    33 of 37 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars So far so good 3 April 2013
    Style Name:Standalone| Size Name:120GB|Verified Purchase
    Well, it's just arrived today. This will be a rolling review, updated as I use it.

    So far, a good sturdy feeling drive, lots of reviews on the web have been very complementary about it (i spent ages researching it). It is marketed as a budget drive. But what's budget about it?

    Well from the looks of the reviews it's not able to handle as high a workload as many of the other more expensive drives. BUT as one review pointed out, the amount of work they were using to test it was pretty high (64 queue depth)and way out of the way of people who use their system to a 'normal' degree.

    So it looks like if you are doing ALOT of things all at once and all wanting disk access, other drives may be better. BUT if you are doing all that you're likely to look for the higher performing drives anyway.

    On the positive side the reviews show it holds it's own VERY well in other areas compared again to the more expensive drives.

    **UPDATE 1 MONTH ON***

    It's great, boots INCREDIBLY quickly and windows now flies around.
    If like me you are spending ages looking at all the different options and require a good fast drive and you're not going to be overloading it with work then save yourself some time and just get this one.

    **UPDATE 1 YEAR ON***

    Excellent still (although am running out of space!!) It was time to buy another one today, BUT i just saw the reviews above. UHHOH,,,,may rethink my purchase!!!!!
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