Kingston Technology 240GB Solid State Drive 2.5-inch V300 SATA 3 + 3 year warranty - £64.79 @ Amazon
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Kingston Technology 240GB Solid State Drive 2.5-inch V300 SATA 3 + 3 year warranty - £64.79 @ Amazon

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Found 19th Apr 2014
Cheapest for a while:

Device Type : Solid state drive - internal
Capacity : 240 GB
Form Factor : 2.5"
Drive Transfer Rate : 600 MBps (external)
Internal Data Rate : 450 MBps (read) / 450 MBps (write)
Cost-effective system upgrade
Makes your system more responsive
Maximises your computer investment
Faster - improves speed of loading applications and system boot up
Reliable - with no moving parts, solid state drives are less likely to fail than standard hard drives
Comes with a 3-year warranty, free technical support and Kingston reliability

Current V300 drives only achieve 170 MB/s read and 85 MB/s write speeds. Misleading advertising by Amazon.
- brookheather

Still worth a punt, if you get the faster drive it is great price. If you do not then Amazon returns are easy and hassle free.
- webkami

Received fast speed v520 drives, well worth the price. Seems like they have gone back with old trusted suppliers.
- webkami

143 Comments

Original Poster

Please be aware that some of these drives are reported as being slower (170MBps instead of 450MBps). You can identify by checking the firmware version (505/520 is OK but 506/521 is not). You can test it using a benchmarking program which uses incompressible data.

More details here

webkami

Please be aware that some of these drives are reported as being slower … Please be aware that some of these drives are reported as being slower (170MBps instead of 450MBps). You can identify by checking the firmware version (505/520 is OK but 506/521 is not). You can test it using a benchmarking program which uses incompressible data.More details here



how do you check the firmware?

Naughty naughty Kingston...
Edited by: "wide" 19th Apr 2014

If found to be the incorrect version, where does the consumer stand?

This sounds like the typical dead pixel warranty

Many thanks for the info. guys .. Won't be buying this crap...

Its still a cheap drive so got to be hot for the price alone.


Billythebubble

If found to be the incorrect version, where does the consumer stand?This … If found to be the incorrect version, where does the consumer stand?This sounds like the typical dead pixel warranty



If it was delivered from Amazon and was advertised at the faster speeds (which it is) it would be a case of doesn't match description and amazon would give a full refund, you dont buy something and when you get it home find its something other than what it should be. DSL apply not as described.

Banned

good find
Edited by: "babaisthebest" 19th Apr 2014

Cheap for a reason, fake read/write speeds.

Assuming these are the slower drives presumably they still represent a great upgrade when swopping from a spinning drive?

I've seen the other threads about this. The price is tempting but slower speeds, I'm out. I'm holding off for a Samsung Evo 250GB or thereabouts.

Original Poster

Still worth a punt, if you get the faster drive it is great price. If you do not then Amazon returns are easy and hassle free.

Well, I just bought one. At £65 it's worth a try.

beastman

Assuming these are the slower drives presumably they still represent a … Assuming these are the slower drives presumably they still represent a great upgrade when swopping from a spinning drive?


Sequential write speed is actually slower than a regular hard drive though general use will be much quicker.

webkami

Please be aware that some of these drives are reported as being slower … Please be aware that some of these drives are reported as being slower (170MBps instead of 450MBps). You can identify by checking the firmware version (505/520 is OK but 506/521 is not). You can test it using a benchmarking program which uses incompressible data.More details here



Is the READ AND WRITE Speed both around 170 ?? If its only Write 170 while Read is 450 I don't mind that tbh

I have a 120gb with the async nand and although it benchmarks like sh1t
it actually runs very well
and boots a good 5-7 seconds quicker into windows
than the 120gb toshiba q series on the exact same cloned image

odd..

anyway gona chance another order and hope for toggle nand

fingers crossed
Edited by: "Shonk" 19th Apr 2014

Sounds like it could make like-for-like warranty replacements impossible for the faster drive. Good price but arguably not good value.

For people wondering about speeds

worst case scenario its around 170 read 85 write
e.g. a rar file or zip file

your os and most other stuff do 500 read 500 write
due to being compressable

so yes it was a dirty bait and switch as my 120gb was expected to be toggle nand and i felt ripped off
for general os duties it performs fine

Kingston's reputation must really be rocked by this. This is probably the cheapest 200GB+ SSD.

Just be aware that all SSD's are prone to spurious, unpredictable corruption and data loss! Magnetic HDD's don't suffer this problem.

Make sure you back up any important data on a regular basis.
Edited by: "steveking1" 19th Apr 2014

steveking1

Just be aware that all SSD's are prone to spurious, unpredictable … Just be aware that all SSD's are prone to spurious, unpredictable corruption and data loss! Magnetic HDD's don't suffer this problem.Make sure you back up any important data on a regular basis.


been using them for a few years not had this problem..

i have however lost gigs of data on a few mechanicals

Just be aware that SSD's are prone to spurious, unpredictable corruption and data loss!

Make sure you back up any important data on a regular basis.

As others have said, cheap because they swapped to slower internals.

They get away with it because the drive technically can achieve the quoted speeds... under one specific benchmarking tool which uses compressible data (ATTO)

steveking1

Just be aware that SSD's are prone to spurious, unpredictable corruption … Just be aware that SSD's are prone to spurious, unpredictable corruption and data loss!Make sure you back up any important data on a regular basis.



I've heard it several times now from knowledgeable and reputable sources that stevekings are also prone to being spurious, unpredictable and corrupt.

Maybe that's just later models, this appears to be one of the first stevekings but I can't identify the firmware so don't quote me.

@steveking1 surely you must be one of PC Worlds famed 'Tech Guys' with such peals of wisdom.

Is this SSD good for sata 2 motherboards since they can't use fully use the read/write speed anyway. If so could you please reply to this. Thanks

rafi105

Is this SSD good for sata 2 motherboards since they can't use fully use … Is this SSD good for sata 2 motherboards since they can't use fully use the read/write speed anyway. If so could you please reply to this. Thanks



Yes, it should be perfect for that purpose.
I have actually just bought one, with the intention to upgrade SATA 2.0 laptop - 65 quid for 240GB SSD is a great price.

powerbrick

@steveking1 surely you must be one of PC Worlds famed 'Tech Guys' with … @steveking1 surely you must be one of PC Worlds famed 'Tech Guys' with such peals of wisdom.



..and you simply don't know what you are talking about.

This info comes from a renowned source. SSDs simply aren't as reliable as magnetic HDDs and are prone to losing ALL data suddenly. When magnetic drives fail you generally get signs that it's about to fail.

Check it out here:
Link

See?

Personally, I wouldn't trust my valuable data to an SSD! If you want to then you do so but don't come back crying when it all goes terribly wrong.

Edited by: "steveking1" 20th Apr 2014

At this price it will be great for installing games on keeping my main SSD clean for more important stuff.

steveking1

Personally, I wouldn't trust my valuable data to an SSD! If you want to … Personally, I wouldn't trust my valuable data to an SSD! If you want to then you do so but don't come back crying when it all goes terribly wrong.


You shouldn't trust your data to any single drive and if you are serious about your data keep a copy in 2 physical locations; this doesn't mean the bathroom and the bedroom.

steveking1

..and you simply don't know what you are talking about.This info comes … ..and you simply don't know what you are talking about.This info comes from a renowned source. SSDs simply aren't as reliable as magnetic HDDs and are prone to losing ALL data suddenly. When magnetic drives fail you generally get signs that it's about to fail.Check it out here: http://www.tlc-business.co.uk/uploads/assets/Clients/BVM/Solid%20State%20Disks%20in%20Embedded%20Systems%20-%20BVM.pdfSee?Personally, I wouldn't trust my valuable data to an SSD! If you want to then you do so but don't come back crying when it all goes terribly wrong.




Who uses an SSD for data storage? Lol

Surely SSD's are for OS only and applications.

Stop talking crap with your scare mongering tactics.

Yes they may have changed the components and yes it may run a little slower than current SSD standard but for GB/Price ratio this is cheap.

steveking1

This info comes from a renowned source



oooo, one report from me some tinpot embedded systems firm, show me stats from companies like Samsung and i might believe your fairy tales.

powerbrick

oooo, one report from me some tinpot embedded systems firm, show me stats … oooo, one report from me some tinpot embedded systems firm, show me stats from companies like Samsung and i might believe your fairy tales.

Have been using SSD's for 4 years now, not had one days grief from any of them, Samsung, Kingston, OCZ and Sandisk are the brands i have. They are a fantastic addition to your setup
Edited by: "Noj" 19th Apr 2014

amazon.co.uk/gp/…1-1

Link to used Crucial M500's from Amazon Warehouse, Used - Very Good

For those not sure about this particular drive the drive I have linked to is reliable and fast

steveking1

..and you simply don't know what you are talking about.This info comes … ..and you simply don't know what you are talking about.This info comes from a renowned source. SSDs simply aren't as reliable as magnetic HDDs and are prone to losing ALL data suddenly. When magnetic drives fail you generally get signs that it's about to fail.Check it out here: http://www.tlc-business.co.uk/uploads/assets/Clients/BVM/Solid%20State%20Disks%20in%20Embedded%20Systems%20-%20BVM.pdfSee?Personally, I wouldn't trust my valuable data to an SSD! If you want to then you do so but don't come back crying when it all goes terribly wrong.



Having used SSD drives for a few years now, other than a firmware issue on a C300 drive, they've been fine. Many, many others have experienced the same status of happiness. I'll take my own results, mix them with others and say nae to the scaremongering.

If it was that big an issue the PC press would be over it like cheese on toast. All components in any item will have an element of spurious failure. It's all about when. Sorry but you've commented 21 times n 2 years, 3 alone in this thread and contributed 0 deals. Your opinion is lost in the mire of anonymity and lack of visibility.

steveking1

Just be aware that all SSD's are prone to spurious, unpredictable … Just be aware that all SSD's are prone to spurious, unpredictable corruption and data loss! Magnetic HDD's don't suffer this problem.Make sure you back up any important data on a regular basis.


It was really only in the first year or two of SSDs being popular that they had high fail rates. Ones since then don't seem to have as much of a problem.

And, ok maybe not instantaneously, but hard drive certainly do fail. I guess they do give you better warning, but then for the regular end customer,they won't know about these warning signs, and when it does pack in, to them it'll be like one day it was working the next day it wasn't, even if it'd been making noises for the past month.
Edited by: "mr3dd123" 19th Apr 2014

aww no - I bought a 128Gb for this at the start of this month!

steveking1

..and you simply don't know what you are talking about.This info comes … ..and you simply don't know what you are talking about.This info comes from a renowned source. SSDs simply aren't as reliable as magnetic HDDs and are prone to losing ALL data suddenly. When magnetic drives fail you generally get signs that it's about to fail.Check it out here: http://www.tlc-business.co.uk/uploads/assets/Clients/BVM/Solid%20State%20Disks%20in%20Embedded%20Systems%20-%20BVM.pdfSee?Personally, I wouldn't trust my valuable data to an SSD! If you want to then you do so but don't come back crying when it all goes terribly wrong.



I figure by "getting signs they are about to fail" you mean SMART stats. You might wanna check out googles findings, static.googleusercontent.com/med…pdf. They actually found that a major cause of failure was electronic not mechanical (36%), so smart entirely misses it, and to be honest who bothers checking smart anyway? SSDs are actually less prone to failure from everything I've seen (generally use them on EMC VNXs and when something goes its always an hdd). Interesting that the document you linked is from a company who build pc's, and it looks like their latest generation stuff uses msata ssds.

But meh. Pick your poison and back up your data.

Guy above me pretty much wrote what I had written
Edited by: "bogglesmith2" 19th Apr 2014
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