Kingston SSDNow V300 (120GB & 240GB) Reviewby Kristian Vättö on April 30, 2013 12:30 PM EST
I have one issue with the V300: There's nothing particular in it that would differentiate it from the other SandForce based SSDs. While Kingston said they did lots of customization and worked closely with SandForce/LSI, at least in our testing there aren't any striking differences. It's possible that the tweaks Kingston applied are at a such low level that they won't really impact the end-user experience but that raises a question if the tweaks are needed at all as you'll get the same performance with the stock firmware. Kingston may of course be using slower or lower endurance NAND that required customization but as it stands, this is all just speculation. I'm still a bit disappointed that Kingston couldn't give us more details about their customizations because it would really be great to know how much SandForce allows customization and what the customization can do.
|Price Comparison (4/30/2013)|
|Kingston SSDNow V300||$70||$110||$200|
|Kingston HyperX 3K||N/A||$120||$230|
|Corsair Neutron GTX||N/A||$125||$220|
|Corsair Force GS||N/A||$130||$210|
|Plextor M5 Pro||N/A||$130||$230|
|Intel SSD 520||$100||$145||$270|
|Intel SSD 330||$90||N/A||$220|
|Samsung SSD 840 Pro||N/A||$150||N/A|
|Samsung SSD 840||N/A||$110||$190|
|Mushkin Chronos Deluxe||N/A||$130||$185|
Because the V300 doesn't bring anything special to the market, pricing is more important than ever. The V300 is affordable but not exceptionally cheap. Right now you can find Plextor M5S and Samsung SSD 840 for the same price or even for slightly less, and I would rather pick one of them instead of the V300. However, I wouldn't put too much emphasis on the prices quoted in the table because pricing fluctuates and NewEgg is just one reseller. If you're buying an SSD, I suggest that you follow the prices for a few days and try to catch a hot sale.
In general I think Kingston should differentiate their SSDs more because the V300 and HyperX 3K are too similar. For example giving the HyperX 3K a 5-year warranty would help justify its high-end positioning and a higher price too, but currently Kingston is selling two very similar products at nearly identical price points. That's not the ideal way to do business, especially when one of the products is supposed to be a budget mainstream drive while the other is aimed towards enthusiasts.