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Kingston Technology 240GB Solid State Drive 2.5-inch V300 SATA 3
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710 of 729 people found the following review helpful
on 30 January 2014
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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 119 people found the following review helpful
on 23 July 2014
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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112 of 118 people found the following review helpful
on 8 August 2014
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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77 of 81 people found the following review helpful
on 14 December 2014
Write speed 110 MB/s
Read speed 180 MB/s

Masured with AS SSD Benchmark and with CrystalDiskMark

Don't buy. It is slower then an new HDD. I will return it back.
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116 of 123 people found the following review helpful
on 13 July 2014
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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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
on 22 March 2014
They say ignorance is bliss and id agree. I happened to stumble across the review on reduced performance so out of interest I downloaded the benchmark tool , checked the firmware , which is 521 and whilst I was pleased with installing my first SSD and saw an improvement over my HDD I now feel disappointed. The benchmark shows poor performance compared to posted results I've seen on the web. My setup is a couple year old Asus Mobo with an I5 and sata 2 so not sloppy but admittedly more of a good middling than high end desktop
So I have to agree with one of the techies on Overclockers.com in that the vast majority of us are not inclined to undertake specific examinations of the products we buy. We tend to trust the supplier. I had my own retail business for many years and the general view is that for every 1 displeased customer they'll go tell 13 others and that will cascade ..
I accept that the SSD performance is far better than the HDD but now its not about performance but the attitude of the company. I don't like being treated like a fool so I wont recommend this company to anyone and if asked ill point to reviews and others can make their own mind up. Its Sad really.. Kingston had a good reputation
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207 of 223 people found the following review helpful
on 10 February 2014
Complete Rip Off
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46 of 50 people found the following review helpful
on 13 December 2014
I bought this drive a year ago, and despite being surprised at benchmarks showing similar performance to a normal hard drive, it made my laptop much, much faster to boot up. Copying large files was still very slow though, for whatever reason, but I didn't do that so often so it didn't bother me.

However, exactly 10 days after the 1 year warranty expired, the disk failed. There were no signs, just one day it was no longer recognised as a disk and the laptop failed to boot.

To me this is an absolute failure. I can recover my system, but it will take me a while to order a new disk, install Windows and get everything the way it was before. Plus it cost more than £100 for a device which only lasted a year.

Don't be tempted. Go for another drive.

UPDATE: Amazon won't let me return it through their warranty returns site, but the Kingston website indicates that the actual warranty for this drive is 3 years, not 1. I have submitted a return request to Kingston and will see if they rectify the situation. (Even if they do, my system must now be reinstalled, which is a royal pain.)
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52 of 59 people found the following review helpful
on 3 April 2013
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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82 of 93 people found the following review helpful
on 10 January 2014
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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