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Kingston SSDNow V300 Series 2.5
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1 out of 5 eggs Bait and switch - shame on you Kingston 12/29/2014

This review is from: Kingston SSDNow V300 Series 2.5" 120GB SATA III Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) SV300S37A/120G

Pros: It's an SSD and functions.

Cons: Kingston went ahead and switched the NAND flash in these units to complete and utter garbage. I am living proof of this as I have purchased at least a dozen of these in the last 2 years. The last 2 I ordered were sluggish. After testing the advertised 450 read / 450 write is an outright lie. Getting 260 read max / 140 write max with crystaldiskmark and other tests on Sata3 port. My old mechanical drives in raid0 were faster than this!

The drives used to perform around 500/400 on average before Kingston blatantly swapped the guts of this to relabeled trash.

-Not worth buying
-Not worth paying ridiculous shipping cost to ship it back

Other Thoughts: Shame on you Kingston. Wonder if they will start cutting corners with their RAM now. Oh well I'll officially say Kingston has lost a customer after nearly 20 years of buying their products.

Stick with Mushkin, Intel, Crucial, ADATA and save yourselves some heartache.

SAMSUNG 840 Pro Series 2.5
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: This one works! This is an update to my previous review where my SSD was dead within a few days of use. I did the firmware upgrade like the last one and did a full zero out on the drive before use, as recommended by samsung support. So far so good, keeping fingers crossed.

Cons: 1st drive died in 3 days, did not expect that from a samsung product.

Other Thoughts: Backup everything and clone your original drive if possible before upgrading to this drive. New rating lost an egg due to first drive being dead.

SAMSUNG 840 Pro Series 2.5
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: Included clone software works fine.

Cons: Day 1 - Cloned older SSD, went flawless.

Day 2 - Windows stopped being able to sleep, first sign of trouble.

Day 3 - Got worried and started to backup disk since I already zeroed out the old OCZ Revodrive. BOOM! SSD is completely dead. BSOD. Cannot mount volume on linux or other Windows box, asks to format or gives unrecoverable read error, cannot mount last sector on disk. I have total data loss of my primary drive.

Yes I agree I am a gluttonous moron when it comes to "you should have backed up first." But I had assumed I would have at least a week before this thing would kill itself.

For those that are going to try and flame me, yes I popped the drive in and flashed the latest firmware before the drive clone. I have 2 more Samsung SSDs in box that I was going to use in my ESXi box, I am honestly worried about ever using a Samsung SSD and may try and return those as well.

Beware this drive, the idea of it and speed is unmatched. But how quickly it died greatly concerns me.

Other Thoughts: I came about 5 minutes to taking a sledgehammer to my rig because of this drive. Luckily my buddy Jack Daniels never fails me.


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Display Name: Michael P.

Date Joined: 01/02/03

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  • First Review: 06/01/12
  • Last Review: 12/29/14
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