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

CRYSTAL DISK BENCHMARK VER. 3.0.3 x64

Crystal Disk Benchmark is visually straightforward, and is used for measuring the speeds at which your storage device reads and writes in both compressible (oFill/1Fill) and random, mostly incompressible, data. Random data is more consistent with everyday use of a computer, such as transferring videos, pictures and music. We run the benchmark twice, using oFill data first (left), and then proceeding to test with random data (right).

Kingston V310 cdm 0fill Kingston V310 cdm random

As we can see above, the Kingston V310 returns a read speed around 505MB/s, and write speed drops from 444 MB/s in our 0Fill sample to 391 MB/s in our random sample.  We expected this with this drive, but when you consider the chart on the right, both high sequential speeds are pretty good considering this test was conducted with incompressible data.

AS SSD BENCHMARK VER. 1.7

AS SSD Benchmark uses incompressible data in their testing of SSDs, essentially providing results that would be consistent with using the heaviest workload, thus lower speeds are expected. Transfer speeds (MB/s) are seen in the left picture below and IOPS (Input/Output Operations Per Second) are on the right.

Kingston V310 as ssd mbps Kingston V310 as ssd iops

Another interesting feature of the AS SSD Benchmark is that it also can test  durations and speeds of copying various files, this is an important test for our digital media professionals who require top transfer speeds.

Kingston V310 as ssd copy

In our copy benchmark test, our ISO and Game file transfer comes in right around its mark, but our Program file transfer is significantly lower.

ANVIL STORAGE UTILITIES PROFESSIONAL (BETA)

Anvil Storage Utilities is essentially an all-in-one tool for all of your SSD benchmarking needs. Anvil can be used for basic consumer testing, as well as endurance testing and threaded I/O read, write and mixed tests. It displays data regarding the SSD, and even about your system

Kingston V310 asu

Anvil Storage Utilities returns a total score of 1897, favouring the read speeds of the Kingston V310 over the write. We can see that the read speed was up to 510 MB/s, where as the write fell short at 354 MB/s.  More importantly though, is the low 4K write performance of 10MB/s in this test.  Although this is not reflective of the other benchmarks to this degree, it has been noticed that the overall 4K performance has been somewhat low in all benchmarks.

PCMARK VANTAGE X64 HDD SUITE

Technology X 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

Kingston SSDNow V310 VANTAGE TOTAL SCORE

The Kingston SSDNow V310 achieved a total score of 56941, which is an entry-level score. Out of all the benchmark tests ran throughout the HDD suite of PCMark Vantage, the highest transfer speed recorded was 387 MB/s when video editing in Windows Media Center.

Kingston V310 Vantage

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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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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.