Kingston SSDNow V300 120GB SSD Review

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CrystalDiskMark and Anvil IOPS

CrystalDiskMark is a small benchmark utility for drives and enables rapid measurement of sequential and random read/write speeds. Note that CDM only supports Native Command Queuing (NCQ) with a queue depth of 32 (as noted) for the last listed benchmark score. This can skew some results in favor of controllers that also do not support NCQ.

CrystalDiskMark 3.0.2 x64 – Intel Z77 Platform



Benchmark Results: Like the AS-SSD benchmark, the CrystalDiskMark benchmark uses incompressible data so the sequential write score suffers for the V300 but again the random scores are good and the sequential reads are dead on specification.

Anvil Storage Utilities 1.050 RC5- Intel Z77 Platform

Along with the move to a new platform, we decided to make a change in one of the benchmarks. There’s a relatively new benchmark called Anvil Storage Utilities that is in beta but close to production. It’s a very powerful tool that measures performance through a variety of tests which can be customized. Since some of the tests more or less duplicate what we get from other benchmarks we use already, we decided to use the IOPS (Input/Output Operations Per Second) testing on 4kb file sizes at a queue depth of 32. IOPS  performance is something SSD makers tout quite a bit but we generally don’t do a lot of IOPS testing because frankly a lot of users can’t relate to IOPS metrics as well and it tends to be more meaningful to the enterprise/server crowd. Still, it is another performance indicator with relevance and while some drives post good MB/s numbers, their IOPS scores aren’t always commensurate which this test will prove out.

Kingston V300 120GB Anvil Write IOPS


Kingston V300 120GB Anvil Read IOPS

Benchmark Results: The IOPS scores are great here on writes and a bit below the specifications on reads. It should be noted that this test uses 100% compressible data and when we ran the same with incompressible data, the write scores dropped to 40k writes and 20k reads.

Kingston V300 120GB Anvil IOPS Chart

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