Kingston SSDNow V300 120GB SSD | SSD Installation & Benchmark


Is this Kingston SSD still slow and terrible after the NAND switch? Watch me to find out ^__^

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whats goin on guys, Jerry Neutron here and I’m back with another video. And I know what you’re probably thinking, oh no WHY do you have that SSD?! You heard about the NAND switch right? Well, these things were on sale for $55 on NewEgg so I decided to take a chance on one. Part of me was thinking, hey maybe they changed their manufacturing process back to the way it was before BUT none of these things will sell due to the negative press so I may get a decent drive for a steal. So I picked one up to install and test and I’ll get into that in a moment but first let me go over the stats of this SSD.

Okay so for those unaware, this is the Kingston SSDNow V300. This is the 120GB model as you can see and it’s a 2.5″ drive. According to Kingston it has a custom LSI SandForce controller, 450 MB/s sequential read/write speeds – more on that later and I’m not sure on the NAND. Its likely an asynchronus NAND but I’m actually getting different performance than some of the big review websites which claim there is a Micron 20nm NAND on-board so it’s possible Kingston changed their manufacturing process again – I’m not really sure. But anyway, it’s time to install this baby in my rig.

Okay so since I just picked up the bare drive, it did not come with any adapter brackets or cables so I had to figure that part out on my own. Luckily my case has a spot for an SSD right on the bottom so it was a pretty simple install, I just had to dig around for cables and screws. Once it was in there I connected my cables and tried to clean them up a bit and off I went. At this point I really am wishing I had a case with some cable management as it’s lookin a little cramped BUT not much I can do. So now that I’ve got the drive installed, it’s time for some benchmarks.

So I ran a clean install of Windows 8.1 on this drive and as soon as it was done I fired up the AS SSD benchmark and ran the test a few times. And all of the results were pretty similar, within 3-4 MB of each other. In this particular test I hit around 437 and 158 MB/s sequential read/write speeds and 4K speeds of 15 and 59 MB/s read/write. So as you can see I don’t hit the Kingston advertised 450 read/write speeds, which I already knew wasn’t going to happen BUT what you DO get is entry level SSD performance at a low price. Based on this benchmark SSD performance is pretty similar to a Crucial MX100 and other SSDs in that bracket. As long as you are aware of this going in the performance isn’t too disappointing.

So after all this, what are my thoughts on this SSD? Well, I think if I was buying an SSD for the first time #1 I would skip entry level SSDs entirely. There are performance increases to be had with going to an SSD but honestly I could live without it. It’s not a night and day difference IMO, at least not on the entry level side. I certainly wouldn’t recommend cutting performance on the CPU or GPU end just to fit an SSD into your budget. So if you’re going to get one, you may as well make it worth it and at least go for mid-range or enthusiast grade SSDs. Also I’d go with a 256GB model as 128GB SSDs may leave you a little cramped for space a year from now, also some SSDs increase in performance as they go up in size.

So thats pretty much all I have to say about that. Thanks for watching guys and don’t forget to like, comment, subscribe and all that good stuff and until next time, see ya!


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  1. Hey , im looking for a new ssd cable is there a exact name for it mine broke and it wont clip anymore and i need a new one i am having so much trouble with the hardrive im on now

  2. I have it in my budget pc , for the price is decent . Still is faster then mechanical HDD , so if you are regular pc user why not go for cheap SSD for your sistem 🙂

  3. Good review, and thanks for the info. I almost bought one of these. Price WAS too good to be true. I don't agree with you though, about skipping the entry level SSD's. Any decent SSD is going to be way better than spinning hot metal.

  4. I just bought one, and am disappointed… Unlike Jerry, I found it to be about half the speed of my Crucial MX100 SSD – so I#ll be sending it back for a refund.

  5. well as long as these are faster than my old OCZ Vertex Plus 60Gb ill be happy, and tbh even a 7200 HDD would proably be faster than this thing…

  6. Can someone please explain in more detail why this ssd is getting such bad reviews now. I almost got one but decided to get the Samsung evo850. I want to pick up 1 or 2 more ssd's & wanted this one agin because the price. Thanks

  7. Welp- I bought this a while ago (seeing the really good reviews) and still can't put Windows onto it… do I need to make a partition for it?

  8. Hi i recently bought this SSD but a 480 GB variant, unfortunately read about this nand switch later, can u please tell me does this nand switch performance lag also present in the 480 GB variant of kingston ssdnow v300? please do reply as your reply will definitely help to request a return ASAP.

  9. i just this one , and to be honest im a gamer , not a designer nor video editor this little guy fits my needs as soon as i have a snappy os , fast responses from games lower loading screens 
    that's all i need and i guess im good with that ^_^


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