In recent years, the cost of SSD’s has gone down considerably, with manufacturers like Kingston leading the way in budget orientated SSD’s. The product doesn’t provide the fastest speeds, that should be obvious via the price. I managed to get this SSD for £67, but has unfortunately risen to £75 at the moment. You get extremely fast boot up times, from around 30 seconds with my relatively new WD HDD, to around 8-9 seconds with this SSD.
In The Box
Unboxing the product, the packaging is very basic, and it is quite clear that packaging was one of the corners Kingston cut in order to keep costs low. You get 4 screws for mounting, a 3.5″ to 2.5″ adaptor for those without an SSD mount in their case, and a Sata to Molex cable. Installation was easy enough, simply plug in your Sata power cable and Sata data cable to your motherboard. Then you clone your old drive to your SSD if you want to boot from it (why wouldn’t you).
In regards to performance, if you are upgrading from a HDD like me, you notice your system will be extremely quick. I was able to complete a full restart with Google Chrome open within 32 seconds, miles quicker than my original drive which booted up in 1 minute 6 seconds.
This bench-marking leads me to believe that you can expect a 2x or even 3x magnitude of improvement depending on how old your drive was. In CrystalDiskMark, I managed to get 521mb/s sequential read and 275mb/s sequential write. Of course, you aren’t getting the best of the best. But you aren’t paying top money either.
Availability And Specs
This drive currently goes for £75/$68 from Amazon currently:
- The specs can be found below:
|Item Weight||59 g|
|Product Dimensions||7 x 10 x 0.7 cm|
|Item model number||SV300S37A/240G|
|Series||SSDNow V300 240GB|
|Screen Size||2.5 inches|
Pros And Cons
- Affordable for an SSD
- Much faster boot times and performance
- Essentials included in package
- Still pricey compared to a HDD
- Low capacity for price
To conclude this review, i would give this a thumbs up only if you are upgrading from a HDD, and don’t want to spend bucketloads of money on storage when you could spend that money else where. Spending more money doesn’t equal the same performance gains if you decide to go for a PCI-E SSD instead.