KingSpec SATA M.2 NGFF Ultrabook SSD Review (128GB)

CRYSTAL DISK BENCHMARK VER. 3.0 X64

Crystal Disk Benchmark is used to measure read and write performance through sampling of highly compressible data (oFill/1Fill), or random data which is, for the most part, incompressible. Performance is virtually identical, regardless of data sample so we have included only that using random data samples.

Kingspec M.2 SSD CDM

Performance seen in Crystal DiskMark is once again pretty consistent with specifications and the low 4K random write transfer speed of 78MB/s is decent as well, although we would like to have seen it a bit higher.

AS SSD BENCHMARK VER 1.6

Up until recently, AS SSD was the only benchmark created specifically for SSD testing and it uses incompressible data.  AS SSD, for the most part, gives us the ‘worst case scenario’ in SSD transfer speeds because of its use of incompressible data and many enthusiasts like to AS SSD for their needs. Transfer speeds are displayed on the left with IOPS results on the right.

Kingspec M.2 SSD AS SSD BenchKingspec M.2 SSD AS SSD IOPSAS SSD gives us our first look at drive IOPS and, once again, they come in higher than listed.  A spec that we did not list was that of disk access times at 0.05ms which is extremely fast and verified in this benchmark.

Kingspec M.2 SSD AS SSD Copy Benchmark

Speed and duration of ‘Program’ is probably the lowest we have seen in a while but SATA 3 speeds for the transfer of both ISO and Game files was unexpected, considering again that we always place the JMicron controller in the mid-tier range.

ANVIL STORAGE UTILITIES PROFESSIONAL (BETA)

You may not see this for long (and it’s definitely not common) but you get a freebee simply for reading! Over the last little while, we have been assisting with beta testing new benchmark software called Anvil Storage Utilities which is an absolutely amazing SSD benchmarking utility. Not only does it have a preset SSD benchmark, but also, it has included such things as endurance testing and threaded I/O read, write and mixed tests, all of which are very simple to understand and use in our benchmark testing.

Kingspec M.2 SSD Anvil

Once again, we are seeing decent disk access speeds at the low 4K level which is important simply because of the number of file transfers at that size. IOPS, as well, have held up although transfer speeds have dropped a bit.

PCMARK VANTAGE X64 HDD SUITE

The SSD Review uses benchmark software called PCMark Vantage x64 HDD Suite to create testing scenarios that might be used in the typical user experience. There are eight tests in all and the tests performed record the speed of data movement in MB/s to which they are then given a numerical score after all of the tests are complete. The simulations are as follows:

  • Windows Defender In Use
  • Streaming Data from storage in games such as Alan Wake which allows for massive worlds and riveting non-stop action
  • Importing digital photos into Windows Photo Gallery
  • Starting the Vista Operating System
  • Home Video editing with Movie Maker which can be very time-consuming
  • Media Center which can handle video recording, time shifting and streaming from Windows media center to an extender such as XBox
  • Cataloging a music library
  • Starting applications

KINGSPEC M2B7 M.2 NGFF 128GB SSD VANTAGE PERFORMANCE

The KingSpec M2B7 reached a high Total Point Score of 64761 points with a high transfer speed of 381MB/s when testing in Window’s Media center which is a decent score considering this is a 128GB SSD. WE did have a bit of a concern with the last result (Application Loading), especially considering disk access speeds have so much bearing on this.

Kingspec M.2 SSD PCMark Vantage

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Bring us more good news from CES.

David Bell
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We got an almost Canadian snow storm here on Cape Cod today. Greta photo! I am still waiting for the Samsung 840 pro m.2 form factor 🙂 Have fun at CES. You are going, yes? Dave

Les@TheSSDReview
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Yup…on our way this morning and out of a snow storm. Seems every year we bring more and still don’t have enough bodies to spread out to all evets and appointments.

David Bell
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David Bell

I am really happy for your success! What a fun time that show must be! I will be awaiting the secrets when they can be released 🙂 Dave

Darren Enns
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Darren Enns

Any idea where in Canada (if that is where you were) that this particular make/model SSD is available? I am having a difficult time sourcing M.2 2242-form-factor SSD cards that can be purchased here.

Les@TheSSDReview
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What size and form factor are you looking for? SATA 3 M.2?

Darren Enns
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Darren Enns

Well, this is the best page I have found describing the various physical parameters of M.2 SSD drives: http://www.ramcity.com.au/blog/m.2-ngff-ssd-compatibility-list/53 On all the various Chromebooks I am aware of — including the new Asus Chromebox I just purchased, only the ‘MyDigitalSSD SuperCache 2 M.2 (SATA)’ is currently mentioned as a (larger) replacement drive, and it is of the ‘2242’ (meaning 22mm wide, 42mm long)’ form factor, with ‘M’ & ‘B’ key SSD edge connectors. To my eyes, that looks like a match to the KingSpec you reviewed in your article above. I can find no online stores selling *any* SSDs with… Read more »

Les@TheSSDReview
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Are you looking for a chrome book SSD? If so, we are just about to review a chrome book with the SSD you just mentioned from MyDigitalSSD. We will be replacing the stock SSD with a MyDigitalSSD 128 GB version in a Acer Chromebook.

Les@TheSSDReview
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You can buy from MyDigitalSSD directly. I am not aware of another option right now. Also, products not available in Canada are normally purchasable on Amazon.com…at least some.

Darren Enns
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Darren Enns

Well, thanks in any case. I had hopes for KingSpec as another choice 🙂

Law
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Law

Do Not ever buy any SSD for Kingspec! I bought one from them and after a year it is dead. I have been contacting them for more than 3 months now by email them and trying to call them yet no response from their side! Never ever I will buy a product with shit service again!