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Pros: Boots into Windows fast, that's about it.
Cons: Be careful of technical specs listed on Newegg for this drive. It's not true comparison when comparing to other manufacturer's.
I used an old laptop (SATA II / 3Gb/s) to perform the test using Crystal Disk Mark with Paragon Migration Software to migrate/copy it from Kingston V300 120GB (higher spec'ed) to a Crucial M500 120GB (lower spec'ed).
Results: READ (MB/s) | Write (MB/s)
Kingston V300 120GB:
Seq.: 172.6 | 136
512K: 160.5 | 512K: 72.46
4K: 12.87 | 4K: 11.74
4K QD32: 66.36 | 4K QD32: 81.32
Crucial M500 120GB:
Seq.: 258.8 | 143.9
512K: 238.7 | 512K: 143.8
4K: 13.02 | 4K: 25.83
4K QD32: 106.5 | 4K QD32: 92.60
Laptop Specs used to perform test on both SSD's:
Model: Toshiba T135-S1305
CPU: Intel SU4100
Memory: G. Skill 4GB
OS: Windows 7 64-bit
What prompted me to perform this test was I installed this drive on another laptop. I never questioned it but when I performed a clean install of Windows 7 on the Kingston V300, the Windows Updates took longer than usual to update. I didn't think anything of it but thought it was odd.
1-2 months later I purchased the Kingston V300 SSD and installed it on the Toshiba laptop I have above. Clean Windows 7 install and everything but Windows Updates took very long to install (I estimate 2-3 hours). This is when I started seeing reviews on Newegg around Jan/Feb. regarding the possibility of firmware/NAND change.
Fast forward now I decided to run a benchmark (not ATTO but Crystal Disk Mark because it represents more real world) on both SSD's. I first ran it on Kingston, then I performed the Migration with Paragon's software to Crucial's SSD. I then ran the same program for the benchmark. The results above is what you see.
This would explain why the Kingston SSD took long to even install Windows Updates.
Other Thoughts: This drive is faster than a HDD, but not by much. Spend a few bucks more and get better performing SSD or just use the money you would otherwise spend on this Kingston SSD and get a higher capacity HDD.
Given this experience I will no longer purchase Kingston products for personal use. Nor recommend and purchase Kingston products where I am currently employed.
Pros: Very neat little box. Enough for basic internet usage.
- Upgraded the wireless to Centrino N 6230 (2.4GHz and 5GHz)
- Max memory at 4GB (used G.Skill F3-8500CL7S-4GBSQ | N82E16820231265)
- VESA mount
Cons: Very picky with memory. Would not work with GeIL GS34GB1333C9SC
Other Thoughts: Great for casual PC users. I mounted this behind the monitor and use a wireless keyboard / mouse. (Great space saving)
Not sure how this machine runs with a SSD, I have a 1TB HDD on this machine.
This is my 3rd nettop box with Foxconn, so far i'm 3/3 and no DOA.
Pros: - Small Footprint
- VESA mount bracket (I haven't used it)
- Can change to a better wireless card! (Intel Centrino N 6230) This will give you the ability for 2.4GHz and 5GHz frequencies as well as added Bluetooth capability.
- Works great in Windows 8
Other Thoughts: I'm using this for just recording video from IP Cameras. I threw in a 1TB HDD, 4GB, and swapped the stock wireless card (Intel Centrino N 1000) to a Centrino N 6230. If planning to swap out the card make sure you download both the Wireless and Bluetooth drivers from Intel's Website.
Was able to connect a Bluetooth Mouse to it and verified the 5GHz connection. I ran a speedtest against my internet connection, connected wireless. Speeds using Verizon Fios (150/65) it had the following results: 0ms 84mbps/54mbps, roughly about 75 feet away from my Netgear N900 router.