Kingston SM2280S3 M.2 SATA SSD Review (240GB)


Crystal Disk Benchmark is used to measure read and write performance through sampling of 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.

 Kingston SM2280S3 240GB Crystal Disk Mark

Crystal Disk Mark is showing us a high of 532MB/s for sequential read and 351MB/s sequential write. As you can see, the random compressed data that Crystal Disk Mark uses slows down the drive a bit. Both 4K reads and writes are decent coming in at about 35MB/s for 4k read and over 125MB/s for 4k writes.


The toughest benchmark available for solid state drives is AS SSD as it relies solely on incompressible data samples when testing performance.  For the most part, AS SSD tests can be considered the ‘worst case scenario’ in obtaining data transfer speeds and many enthusiasts like AS SSD for their needs. Transfer speeds are displayed on the left with IOPS results on the right.

Kingston SM2280S3 240GB AS SSDKingston SM2280S3 240GB AS SSD IOPS

Our AS SSD result provided a Total Score of 809. The Kingston SM2280S3 reaches a max of 502MB/s and 336MB/s for sequential read and write tests.  4K results are very good, 4K read and write reached 42.39MB/s and 111.32MB/s respectively. In the IOPS we see it reaches a max of 49,087 read IOPS and 57,511 write IOPS.

To complement this, the AS SSD Copy Bench presents us with transfer speeds for different file types. The SM2280S3 reached a high of 441.83MB/s for the ISO test.

Kingston SM2280S3 240GB AS SSD Copy


Anvil’s Storage Utilities (ASU) are the most complete test bed available for the solid state drive today.  The benchmark displays test results for, not only throughput but also, IOPS and Disk Access Times.  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.

Kingston SM2280S3 240GB Anvil

In Anvil Storage Utilities the max sequential read reaches 501.10MB/s and sequential write came in at 334.97MB/s.  4K speeds are good, 33.53MB/s for read and 118.63MB/s for write.


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    Too bad they didn’t went with something pci-e based. Or atleast a better sata controller. Atleast its decently priced (although there is also mydigitalssd with S9 controller for a little less).

    As long as they don’t pull a kingston, this seems like a fair deal for someone needing m.2

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    The 120GB version of this is perfect if you need a cheap M.2 just to boot on. I’m putting together a mini-PC and the price is just perfect.

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