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

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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

Size Name: 120GB | Style Name: Standalone
Technical Details
BrandKingston
Item Weight95 g
Product Dimensions7 x 10 x 0.7 cm
Item model numberSV300S37A/120G
SeriesSV300S37A/120G V300
ColorBlack
RAM Size122880 MB
Hard Drive Size120 GB
Wattage1 watts
  
Additional Information
ASINB00A1ZTZOG
Best Sellers Rank 190 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

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. 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.

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    Capacities 60 GB, 120 GB, 240 GB, 480 GB 60 GB, 120 GB, 240 GB, 480 GB 60 GB, 120 GB, 180 GB, 240 GB, 480 GB 120 GB, 240 GB, 480 GB 120 GB, 240 GB 120 GB, 240 GB
    Read Speed Up to 450 MB/s 60 GB: up to 550 MB/s
    120 GB: up to 550 MB/s
    240 GB: up to 540 MB/s
    480 GB: up to 530 MB/s
    Up to 525 MB/s 120 GB, 240 GB: up to 555 MB/s
    480 GB: up to 540 MB/s
    Up to 555 MB/s Up to 500 MB/s
    Write Speed Up to 450 MB/s 60 GB: up to 520 MB/s
    120 GB: up to 520 MB/s
    240 GB: up to 530 MB/s
    480 GB: up to 340 MB/s
    Up to 500 MB/s 120 GB, 240 GB: up to 510 MB/s
    480 GB: up to 450 MB/s
    Up to 510 MB/s Up to 500 MB/s
    IOPS - random 4k read 60 GB: up to 85,000 IOPS
    120 GB: up to 85,000 IOPS
    240 GB: up to 85,000 IOPS
    480 GB: up to 73,000 IOPS
    60 GB: up to 14,000 IOPS
    120 GB: up to 17,000 IOPS
    240 GB: up to 21,000 IOPS
    480 GB: up to 21,000 IOPS
    60GB: up to 10,500 IOPS
    120GB: up to 17,000 IOPS
    180GB: up to 32,000 IOPS
    240GB: up to 32,000 IOPS
    480GB: up to 47,000 IOPS
    120 GB: up to 24,000 IOPS
    240 GB: up to 45,000 IOPS
    480 GB: up to 50,000 IOPS
    120 GB: up to 86,000 IOPS
    240 GB: up to 86,000
    120GB: up to 11,500
    240GB: up to 22,500
    IOPS - random 4k write 60 GB: up to 60,000 IOPS
    120 GB: up to 55,000 IOPS
    240 GB: up to 43,000 IPOS 480 GB: up to 28,000 IOPS
    60 GB: up to 77,000 IOPS
    120 GB: up to 45,000 IOPS
    240 GB: up to 41,000 IOPS
    480 GB: up to 13,000 IOPS
    60GB: up to 64,000 IOPS
    120GB: up to 64,000 IOPS
    180GB: up to 56,000 IOPS
    240GB: up to 56,000 IOPS
    480GB: up to 22,000 IOPS
    120 GB: 79,000 IOPS
    240 GB: up to 69,000 IOPS
    480 GB: up to 22,000 IOPS
    120 GB: up to 79,000 IOPS
    240 GB: up to 73,000 IOPS
    120GB: up to 52,000 IOPS
    240GB: up to 41,000 IOPS
    TRIM support Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
    Form Factor 2.5" 1.8" 2.5" 2.5" 2.5" 2.5"
    Drive Weight 88 grams (+/- 2 grams) 27.43 grams (+/- 2 grams) 60 GB - 240 GB: 86 grams (+/- 2 grams)
    480 GB: 92.3 grams (+/- 2 grams)
    97 grams (+/- 2 grams) 97 grams (+/- 2 grams) 90.3 grams (+/- 2 grams)
    Drive Dimensions 69.8 mm x 100.1 mm x 7 mm 78.5 mm x 54 mm x 5 mm 69.8 mm x 100.1 mm x 7.0 mm 69.85 mm x 100 mm x 9.5 mm 69.85 mm x 100 mm x 9.5 mm 69.8mm x 100.1mm x 7mm

    Box Contains

    1 x Solid State Drive
    Installation Manual

    Customer Questions & Answers

    Customer Reviews

    4.4 out of 5 stars

    Most Helpful Customer Reviews

    384 of 390 people found the following review helpful By Tech Freak on 30 Jan 2014
    Style Name: StandaloneSize 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."

    http://www.overclock.net/t/1457629/psa-about-the-kingston-v300-ssd-probable-foul-play-by-kingston/10#post_21596200

    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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    114 of 116 people found the following review helpful By Darth Vader on 10 Feb 2014
    Style Name: StandaloneSize 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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    25 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Sean Gilligan on 13 July 2014
    Style Name: StandaloneSize 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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    21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By gambiting on 23 July 2014
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    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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    12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By A. Wills on 8 Aug 2014
    Style Name: StandaloneSize 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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    Style Name: StandaloneSize 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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    71 of 78 people found the following review helpful By Tom Kelly on 10 Jan 2014
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    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 By IamCustomer on 13 Oct 2013
    Style Name: StandaloneSize Name: 120GB Verified Purchase
    I got one of the original versions, which performs well enough, but the fact is that it is specified as 450 MB/S read and write, but now I know this is not entirely right as now the listing says - "up to 208MB/s (AS-SSD and CrystalDiskMark)" - which is still a higher figure than what I actually get (even with sata 6gbps). It feels like I bought a 1.8l engined car only to find it has a 1.2l engine in actuality. Will soon be replacing this with one which hopefully will actually perform as advertised. Kingston pulled a fast one, and now are paying the price. Amazon can only repeat the manufacturer's own specs, so can't fault them, and now the listing has more accurate information from the manufacturer.

    It further says: 191MB/s Read and 142MB/s Write speed = this may refer to the "version 2" of this model which is borderline rubbish, hence it is now available for a lesser price, I'd give that one 2* or less. You can do much better for little more cost.
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