In our last week’s SSD of the Week we covered ADATA’s SP610, a great performing SSD featuring a SM2246EN controller. For this week’s SSD of the Week we have found some great deals on Kingston’s SSDNow V300 SSDs. Currently the 120GB, 240GB, and 480GB models are on sale for low prices of just $52.99, $84.99, and 184.99!
The Kingston SSDNow V300 is an entry level drive aimed towards those making their first step into the SSD arena or for those who are in need of a faster drive but are limited on funds. While there are no exciting features that come with it, it offers boot and application loading speeds that are much faster than traditional hard drives.
By utilizing a SandForce SF-2281 controller, sequential performance numbers are rated at up to 450MB/s for both read and write. But, sequential speeds aren’t the main reason why SSDs put new life into a system, it is really due to access times. Based on our review testing, the Kingston SSDNow V300’s access times are in the 0.1-0.3ms range, while in comparison a standard 7200rpm HDD’s access times are in the 12-16ms range! In terms of IOPS, the SSDNow V300 is rated for up to 85K read and 65K write. For more understanding be sure to check out our learning to run with flash article on performance numbers and what they mean here.
The bare bones drive package comes with just the 7mm 2.5″ form factor SSD with a plastic adapter to fit in 9.5mm system. There are also SKUs that include a desktop SSD migration kit for an even easier upgrade experience. They come with a SATA data and power cable, 2.5″ to 3.5″ brackets, a migration video, as well as another DVD that has a step by step guide along with the Acronis True Image HD Cloning Software.
To top everything off Kingston’s SSDNow V300 comes with a 3 year warranty and free technical support. Having dealt with their customer service multiple times in the past, we can easily say if an issue is to arise, Kingston’s assistance is up there with the best of companies.
So, if you are just now finally looking to hop on the SSD bandwagon or are looking for a cheap SSD to upgrade a family member’s or friend’s PC on the low, be sure to…