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


The front of the SSD gives away the large storage capacity of the drive (left), whereas the back gives away nothing, very plain and simple (right). The four screws required to open the Kingston SSD are under the Kingston sticker and are Torx Security T6.

SSD Front_clipped_rev_1 SSD Back_clipped_rev_1

Taking a look at the inside of the SSDNow V310, we can see that there are 8 NAND memory modules per side, along with the Phison PS3108 eight channel controller.

PCB Back

The key feature of this controller is the fact that it supports up to 1TB of NAND flash memory. The short code Micron uses to identify the NAND flash memory is NW510.  Checking out this code on the Micron FBGA decoder, we discover the part number to be MT29F512G08CKCABH7. By then checking The SSD Database, we find that this memory is Micron MLC 20nm NAND flash memory, and the very same that we saw in our Micron M500 1TB SSD Review.


Taking a closer look at the printed circuit board (PCB), we can see that the drive features 16 Micron NAND memory modules that house the 960 GB of RAW storage. In this case, each module is 64 GB in size, and overprovisioning and firmware needs drop the drive from 1024 GB to 960 GB.

PCB Front


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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.


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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 newegg for 435 bucks. Thats like 200$ (yes, 2 benjamins ) cheaper for a much much better drive.
    This could sell pretty decently at lets say 399$.

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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.

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