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Kingston SSDNow V300 120GB review: best budget SSD currently around

Kingston joins the affordable SSD crowd

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AS SSD (incompressible data)

AS SSD uses incompressible data. SSDs with a SandForce controller (like the OCZ Vertex 3, Intel SSD 520, and many others) can therefore not take advantage of the built-in compression tricks.

AS SSD performs both read and write tests. First it tests 4kB data blocks with one command at a time, then it tests 4kB data blocks with 64 simultaneous commands. Lastly, it performs a sequential read and write test, which measures how well the SSD works with very large files. Based on all the tests, AS SSD also gives an aggregate score.

The V300 120GB achieves a score of 526 points, in line with other SandForce SSDs with 120GB. Current high-end SSDs in this size score between 800 and 1000 points.  The Samsung 840 120GB scores higher, and the Crucial v4 scores much lower than Kingston.

Looking at the subscores, you can see that the Samsung 840 gets is high score primarily from the 4k read tests, in the write tests Kingston is faster.

4k blocks read - single threaded

4k blocks write - 64 threads

Sequential read

4k blocks write - single threaded

4k blocks write - 64 threads

Sequential write


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