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I have written 2 reviews now, one with the 506 firmware and mine came with the 521 firmware which I upgraded to the 525 firmware(no improvement by the way). Ok, once Windows is installed, faster boot and shutdown, applications start faster. With my first review, I tested the speeds and saw that they were poor in my SATA rev 3 (600MBps max speed) results are listed in the cons. I installed this one in my SATA rev 2 (300MBps max speed) and it is about twice the speed of the original HDD but the access times are what really make the SSD okay. I still feel cheated though and won't buy another Kingston product.


1. Asynchronous NAND makes for some bad compressible speeds. 170MBps read and 120MBps write. Kingston knew about this switch and that it would save them money so they blindsided the people.
2. I feel really cautious about this SSD. I have a Samsung 840 EVO 750GB and a Crucial M500 240GB which are both great but this SSD seems like it is going to fail. I had to run Windows setup twice to get it to work. And I still feel cautious about the longevity of it. I don't trust the build quality because Kingston switched NAND and manufacturers.

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If you are thinking about buying this, ONLY USE IT IN A SATA REV 1 or SATA-150 MACHINE!!! YOU WON'T GET BETTER SPEEDS IN BETTER MACHINES!!! So if you have an old laptop or desktop with the older sata revisions, then it would be good. I still feel cheated by Kingston and won't buy another one of their products.

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