Kingston SSDNow V300 Solid State Hard Drive (Part 1)

8/12/2013 11:44:30 AM

You may be impressed that the hard state drive on LSI SF-2281 has been researched and tested from the inside out. However, Kingston has tried to advance a product which appearance is actually surprised in the most positive way.

Unless you’re interested in the hard state drives and keep track of all the related info, the SSD market seems to have no upheaval recently. This impression arises due to the limited number of the existing SSD controller. Samsung 840, Plextor M5 Pro and OCZ Vector, the correlative representative for Samsung MDX, Marvell 88SS9187 and Indilinx Barefoot 3 platform, are not the new products, but they’re still flagships in terms of performance which doesn’t have any competition in sight. There’s almost no new controller for the SSD that aims toward premium users. Moreover, it has turned hard to increase the performance which is usually restricted by the SATA3 interface bandwidth.

Kingston SSDNow V300 Solid State Hard Drive

Kingston SSDNow V300 Solid State Hard Drive

On the other hand, the lack of fast and clear innovations is profitable for the final users as it leads to the price war and, at last, making the prices of the products become cheaper. Yes, the manufacturers of the topping SSD don’t need to enjoy themselves with the price factor. Such products are attractive considering their speed trait. Therefore, it’s the second-segment SSD from the company having no enormous engineering course to be able to set the price more flexibly. We want to imply that lots of companies choose LSI with its SandForce controller as their partner. The latest SF-2281 controller is actually older than 2 years old, so it’s not as impressive as compared to the rivals right after it’s released. That’s a noticeable trend the SandForce-platform SSD has become cheaper. Considering the lack of other info, it can be the subject for this review.

Besides the price reduction, we can see a completely new segment of the cheap SandForce-platform SSD showing up. They used to be made from cheap MLC flash memory with asynchronous interface, the SF-2281 controller tried to hide its low speed by compressing on-the-fly data. Such kind of SSD SATA3 has become very popular and being the first ones who seized the psychological barrier of using $1 for each stored gigabyte. But today asynchronous flash is becoming the past. It’s not a good handling way on one part of the SSD makers to use it because there’re other choices, faster flash with syncing interface had cheaper prices after the birth of the new manufacturing tech. as a result, entry-level  SSD with the accessories can form a flagship device in performance but not recently.

We can keep track of this process through the devices of Kingston, a company which only uses SF-2281 controller for its SSD. The SSDNow V +200 sample with asynchronous flash has been discarded and replaced with the new SSDNow V300, to our surprise, typical for the latest MLC NAND flash with syncing interface. It will be a very interesting product with a low price, but the performance is pretty high. But can it actually be? we will check by testing on a 240GB Kingston SSDNow V300 and compare it to Kingston HyperX 3K which regardless of the recent changes, is still locate by the manufacturers as an orthodox solution.

A close look at 240GB Kingston SSDNow V300

Kingston pays close attention not only to the product quality but also the way they present in front of the customers. That’s the reason why the companies usually provide the solutions with many versions. For example, Kingston SSDNow V300, is available with 4 models: as an independent SSD or a part of an upgraded set of drive. Of course, the independent version seems to the most interesting thing as it doesn’t cost much, which is important for an entry-level product. It’s very basic: SSD is only paced into a plastic grate along with an insert showing the basic technical specs.

Product box

Product box

Besides the SSD, there’s also a plastic frame inside. You can stick it to the drive to increase the height from 7 to 9.5 mm is needed. Consequently, SSDNow V300 is compatible to any 2.5-inch slot, even the ultrathin and universal models.

The plastic frame inside

The plastic frame inside


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