Author: Bob Buskirk
- System Overview & Testing Procedures
- Testing - HD Tune Pro
- Testing – ATTO Disk Benchmark & CrystalDiskMark
- Testing – Anvil & AS SSD
- Final Thoughts
SSDNow V300 Overview
Taking a look at the drive itself it looks like many other 2.5-inch solid state drives. It is noticeable thin, as it is only 7mm thick. This means it is then enough to fit in an ultrabook, which would make it the perfect upgrade for a system like that. On the front of the drive there is a large sticker that has all of your important information on it including capacity and part number.
The casing itself is made of metal and has a sort of gunmetal look to it. On the end of the drive you have the SATA data and power connections, nothing out of the ordinary here. On the back of the drive there are 4 mounting holes and 4 screws. These screws use a special hex design that actually made it so we were not able to get into the drive. Each each side of the drive you will find 2 mounting holes.
Since we were unable to get the drive open Kingston sent us some photos of the inside of the drive. Inside you will find 16 (8 on each side) 8GB toggle mode 19nm NAND flash chips. These are Toshiba chips, but following the popular trend Kingston has rebranded the memory chips. The SandForce SF-2281 chip powers the V300, it is also rebranded Kingston as well.