Kingston SSDNow V310 SSD Review (960GB) – The Complete Entry Level Migration Kit

THE SSD REVIEW TESTING PROTOCOL

At The SSD Review, we test our SSD’s slightly different depending upon the drive’s marketed purpose, be it that of a consumer or an enterprise focused SSD.  For a consumer SSD, our goal is to test in a system that has been optimized with our SSD Optimization Guide, however, CPU C State alteration may or may not have occurred, depending on the motherboard and BIOS configurations. Benchmarks for our consumer tests are that of fresh drives, so that we can verify that the manufacturer’s specifications match the SSD. Additionally, we also try to include links to the benchmarks used in our report so that you as the reader can replicate our tests to confirm that your SSD is top-notch.

CHRIS SYSTEM JULY 2014

SYSTEM COMPONENTS

This Test Bench build was the result of some great relationships and purchase; our appreciation goes to the below mentioned manufacturers for their support in our project. All of the components we use for testing and evaluation can be easily purchased at a relatively affordable price. The links provided below can assist in pricing, as well as availability for those of you who may find interest in our equipment.

PC CHASSIS: Cooler Master CM Strom Stryker Chassis
MOTHERBOARD: ASUS P8Z77-V Premium Motherboard 
CPU: Intel i7 3770K CPU
CPU COOLER: Corsair H100 CPU Cooler
POWER SUPPLY: be quiet! Dark power Pro 850W
SYSTEM COOLING: be quiet! Silent Wings 2 Chassis Fan
MEMORY: Crucial Ballistix Dual Channel DDR3 Memory
GRAPHICS CARD: N/A

BENCHMARK SOFTWARE

The software used for today’s analysis is typical of many of our reviews and consists of ATTO Disk Benchmark, Crystal Disk Info, Crystal DiskMark, AS SSD, and PCMark Vantage.  In consumer reports, we prefer to test with easily accessible software that the consumer can obtain, and in many cases, we even provide links. Our selection of software allows each to build on the last and to provide validation to results already obtained.

CRYSTAL DISK INFO 6.1.8

Crystal Disk Info is a great tool for displaying the characteristics and health of storage devices. It displays everything from temperatures, to the number of hours the device has been powered, and even to the extent of informing you of the firmware of the device.

Kingston V310 cdi

When taking a look at Crystal Disk Info, we can see that the V310 features the S.M.A.R.T. attribute, which allows for us to monitor the health of the SSD over its lifespean, as well as TRIM.

ATTO DISK BENCHMARK VER. 2.47

ATTO Disk Benchmark is a relatively easy-to-use benchmark tool, which happens to be the benchmark of choice for many manufacturers. ATTO uses compressible data rather than random data, which results in higher performance and thus, higher benchmark scores. In our testing, we have selected the transfer size to range from 0.5KB to 8192KB, and have set the total length of the test to be 256MB.

Kingston V310 atto

In our first benchmark test, the Kingston V310 returns a high write speed of 486 MB/s and read speed of 541 MB/s. While the write performance is just over the listed specification of 450MB/s, read performance is incredible, peaking at 100MB/s above specs.

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yougottabekiddinme
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I took the time and read the review. Wasted 5 minutes. And wasted 5 minutes more cause I’m even writing this. Again, lame review, basically apologizing for poor performance and mediocre price, while you can get everything in the bunde of a dime.
So no, not a good option for a new SSD user (at 600 bucks), everyone even thinking of buying this drive must be either nuts or living in an underground hole, since crucial and samsung are the obvious choice here.
Kingston has no market share for a reason. And that reason is stated in this review.

Pass

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Aside from crazy pricing i really can’t wrap my head around the fact, that they managed to extract soo little performance outta that drive. Micron 20nm is better than this, so is the Phison S8 (just look at the Corsair Force LS). Either they are using some really crappy NAND bins or they just went ahead and detuned the firmware to a point, that it can barely be called an SSD (im guessing the latter). Either way, unless this is a lot cheaper than competition, i really really don’t see the point in buying this. I mean, m500 retails on… Read more »

Dan
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But, but, but it’s already selling for 46% off at Amazon. It MUST be a bargain.

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softball

This site continues to be my source for incompetent reviews of ssds. With review articles such as this, I will always have a good laugh. Thank you for your incompetence.

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“This is what all migration kits should have included a long time ago…”

What is with the almost emotional numerous mentions to the migration package? I have the same cheap plastic case and Acronis True Image that came with their V300 that came with the upgrade kit from years ago. Typical Kingston, repackaging features instead of reinventing.
Even their pricing scheme is dubious. Kingston are too slick for their own good.

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“This is what all migration kits should have included a long time ago”

Actually somebody did do this years ago. Kingston packaged the same cheap plastic case and migration items with the V300. As with the Fury SSD this typical Kingston, just repackaging the same old stuff.