Final Words

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)
  60/64GB 120/128GB 240/256GB
Kingston SSDNow V300 $70 $110 $200
Kingston HyperX 3K N/A $120 $230
Corsair Neutron GTX N/A $125 $220
Corsair Neutron N/A $120 $200
Corsair Force GS N/A $130 $210
Plextor M5 Pro N/A $130 $230
Plextor M5S N/A $110 $190
Crucial m4 $80 $130 $200
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
OCZ Vector N/A $140 $270
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. 

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  • blackmagnum - Tuesday, April 30, 2013 - link

    Kingston have the brand image to succeed in this market but their product lack the unique selling point. They are just commodities like their ram sticks. Reply
  • Kristian Vättö - Tuesday, April 30, 2013 - link

    Which is exactly the point I was trying to raise. Kingston has a decent image and their distribution system is broad but their products are not unique. They shouldn't have a problem surviving in the market but they won't be able to grab any major marketshare either. Reply
  • UltraTech79 - Tuesday, April 30, 2013 - link

    I don't think their goal is to grab major market share. Its to maintain and secure their current market share. Reply
  • Diagrafeas - Tuesday, April 30, 2013 - link

    Which firmware did the drives have?
    I bought two 120GB ones a week apart.
    The first has 505 and the second 506.
    The 506 is way slower...even at booting Windows.
    I'll post some numbers later...
    Reply
  • Kristian Vättö - Tuesday, April 30, 2013 - link

    The 120GB I have is 505. I don't have the 240GB anymore but I'm pretty confident it's 505 too as I received it a couple of months ago so it's not exactly new. Reply
  • Diagrafeas - Thursday, May 02, 2013 - link

    Both are on SATA 2
    AS SSD Benchmark Scores 505-506(Read,Write)
    Seq256-175 , 158-133
    4K 14-11 , 45-26
    4K-64
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  • Diagrafeas - Thursday, May 02, 2013 - link

    4K-64 123-91 , 109-114
    Acc. Time 0.138-0.195 , 0.321-0.405
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  • Pyrostemplar - Tuesday, April 30, 2013 - link

    On the second table - Kingston SSDNow V300 Specifications - performance drops as capacity increases, something that being correct is completely new in terms of SSDs. AFAIK in every SSD the higher capacity ones have the same or greater performance than lower capacity ones (of the same model, of course). C&P mistake? Reply
  • Kristian Vättö - Tuesday, April 30, 2013 - link

    Nope, it's not a mistake (unless Kingston's datasheet is wrong):

    http://www.kingston.com/datasheets/sv300s3_us.pdf
    Reply
  • mike55 - Tuesday, April 30, 2013 - link

    The images on page 3 aren't working for me.

    Is there any significant difference in the msachi drivers compared to intel rst? Is it worth installing the intel ones when using an SSD?
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