As we’ve seen several times before, the SandForce 2281 controller is a tour de force. For any consumer contemplating an SSD purchase, choosing a SandForce-based drive such as this SSDNow V300 is a safe bet, and we certainly wouldn’t argue the decision. There are quite a few on the market, and this one from Kingston is another successful one. There is a distinction here, though, as the controller has been customized for Kingston alone, not unlike what we’ve seen from Crucial and OCZ. That gives only a select few companies, of which Kingston is one, a boost up on the competition.
Kingston must have been very conservative in the speed claims of the V300, as we saw it obliterated the 450/450 speeds, reaching up to 17% faster one more than one occasion in our testing. The only test where we saw the V300 struggle was with the incompressible data, as all SandForce drives have difficulty, so it’s nothing unique here.
In terms of value, most SandForce SF-2281 drives are seeing price drops overall, and this Kingston V300 240GB currently retails at $220 for the Desktop Upgrade Kit, which is very competitive in the market. It’s just a bit of premium, but you do get the customized SandForce goodness that most others can’t offer.
Speedy results, a robust accessory package, and a competitive price leave us with a strong overall package for the Kingston SSDNow V300.
Kingston SSDNow V300 240GB