Kingston’s V-series solid-state drives have always been among the most affordable in the industry, yet, they feature Kingston’s quality, reliability and warranty. However, up to recently affordability also meant rather low capacity and performance. The new Kingston V310 SSD changes that: it offers 960GB capacity and promises to be affordable enough for the mass market.
The new Kingston SSDNow V310 SSD 960GB comes in 2.5”/7mm form-factor and features Serial ATA-6Gb/s interface. The SSDNow V310 960GB is based on Phison 3108 controller as well as an unknown type of NAND flash memory.
The SSDNow V310 drive offers up to 450MB/s (up to 500MB/s in case of incompressible data) read transfer rate and up to 450MB/s write transfer-rate, which is definitely not bad for a value SSD. The solid-state drive also boasts with up to 40000 4K read IOPS [input/output operations per second] as well as up to 20000 4K write IOPS, which is, regrettably, pretty low by today’s standards.
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“Since 2009, our V ‘Value’ series solid-state drives have delivered the best price to performance ratio as possible to enable consumers on a budget or entry-level users to experience the benefits of SSD technology. Our new V310 continues that along with providing the biggest capacity ever in a Kingston SSD,” said Ariel Perez, SSD business manager at Kingston.”SSDNow V310 with its large 960GB capacity is the perfect upgrade to an existing system as it improves boot speeds and application load times helping maximize one’s computer investment.”
Unfortunately, Kingston did not reveal the exact price of the SSDNow V310 960GB solid-state drive. Considering how much do the SSDNow V300 480GB drives cost, the 960GB model should probably be priced at less than $500/£500.
The SSDNow V310 will be available in 960GB as a stand-alone drive or as all-in-one kits that include all the accessories needed plus software to clone files and OS to make for an easy install. SSDNow V310 is backed by a three-year warranty.
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KitGuru Says: It looks like Kingston has just started to compete in a brand new segment, the segment of low-cost high-capacity solid-state drives. It remains to be seen whether that segment will actually become large. People without tight budgets buy SSDs for maximum performance, whereas people in budget buy affordable models. The former demand truly high-speeds, something the V310 just does not provide; whereas the latter demand low-price, they just cannot afford a $500/£500 drive.