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Kingston SSDNow UV300 240GB SSD Review

  1. Introduction
  2. Test Setup and Methodology
  3. Anvil Benchmark
  4. AS SSD Benchmark
  5. ATTO Benchmark
  6. CrystalDisk Mark Benchmark
  7. Futuremark Benchmarks
  8. IO Testing
  9. Access Test
  10. Conclusion
  11. Online Purchase Links

Disclosure: This review unit is supplied by Kingston

The Kingston SSDNow series is the first SSD that I’ve got my hands on for review, before starting Hardware BBQ. It wasn’t really a great drive (as with others since that’s when 1st generation SSDs were rolling out) but now when you look at it, SSDs have come a long way all thanks to the development of NAND and SSD controllers by multiple companies, some of which even being used as high-performance portable drives, like the SanDisk Extreme 500 and the 900 series. Usually, these units are considered as budget variants.

The Kingston SSDNow UV300 comes with a Phison controller, and this is the first SSD drive that I am testing with this controller. A 240GB is a fair amount of space for many users, but this should tempt a lot of people picking these up as they cost lesser than the mainstream high-performance counterparts. Question is that how does it perform with a bit older mainstream SSDs.

  • ModelKingston SSDNow UV300
    Form factor2.5″
    InterfaceSATA Rev. 3.0 (6Gb/s) – with backwards compatibility to SATA Rev. 2.0 (3Gb/s)
    Capacities120GB, 240GB, 480GB
    ControllerPhison S10
    Baseline PerformancePhison S10 (?)
    Compressible Data Transfer
    120GB – 550MB/s Read and 350MB/s Write
    240GB – 550MB/s Read and 490MB/s Write
    480GB – 550MB/s Read and 510MB/s Write
    Incompressible Data Transfer
    (AS-SSD and CrystalDisk Mark)
    120GB – 505MB/s Read and 280MB/s Write
    240GB – 510MB/s Read and 445MB/s Write
    480GB – 510MB/s Read and 495MB/s Write
    IOMETER Maximum Random 4k Read/Write120GB – 95,000 IOPS and 13,000 IOPS
    240GB – 95,000 IOPS and 20,000 IOPS
    480GB – 95,000 IOPS and 26,000 IOPS
    Random 4k Read/Write120GB – 64,000 IOPS and 12,000 IOPS
    240GB – 81,000 IOPS and 18,000 IOPS
    480GB – 81,000 IOPS and 25,000 IOPS
    PCMARK Vantage HDD Suite Score120GB, 240GB, 480GB – 81,000
    PCMARK 8 Storage Bandwidth120GB – 145MB/s
    240GB and 480GB – 165MB/s
    PCMARK 8 Storage Score120GB –4,805
    240GB and 480GB – 4,860
    Anvil Total Score
    (Incompressible Workload)
    120GB – 2,600
    240GB – 2,950
    480GB – 3,740
    Power Consumption0.1W Idle / 0.36W Avg / 1.26W (MAX) Read / 4.14W (MAX) Write
    Storage temperature-40°C~85°C
    Operating temperature0°C~70°C
    Dimensions100.0mm x 69.9mm x 7.0mm
    Weight120GB, 240GB, 480GB – 52g
    Vibration operating2.17G Peak (7–800Hz)
    Vibration non-operating20G Peak (10–2000Hz)
    Life expectancy1 million hours MTBF
    Warranty/supportLimited three-year warranty with free technical support
    Total Bytes Written (TBW)120GB: 60TB
    240GB: 120TB
    480GB: 240TB
  • CDI 1
  • UV300 Sys Info

Kingston also emphasized in its page that it’s using TLC chips for this SSD. Opening up this SSD is a bit tricky. The security Torx screws are on the front, under the label. You’ll need to remove the label which will void the warranty. Speaking of which, Kingston provides three years warranty for this drive.

The top facing casing is plastic, the lower base is metallic. Kingston did a decent job of ensuring it’s of the same feel. There is a (thermal?) pad which is kept for the SSD controller, but it seems to have one-sided adhesive and has a rubber feel to it.

There is a total of eight Kingston labelled FD32808UCTI-B1 chips, a relabelled Toshiba A19 TLC.  There’s also a Nanya NT5CC128M16FP-D1– a 256MB DDR3L Cache chip. All of it is controlled by Phison S3110-S10-X eight-channel controller. Only one side of the PCB is used for the 240GB capacity UV300.

It will be interesting to see which performs better, a newer budget class or an older mainstream SSD drives, namely SanDisk Ultra II and Extreme Pro 240GB SSDs.

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