Kingston SSDNow UV 100 60GB SSD Review

Kingston SSDNow UV 100 60GB SSD Review

SSD's are reliable solution for data backup. As the technology keeps on expanding, chances here are to get budget SSD's as an easy upgrade. Before that flash chips were lot more costly. It happens that sometime you don't really need a big upgrade. Just something to boost your OS speed and make your application work faster. For that purpose Kingston has some affordable small size SSD solutions. This drive offers you high read and write speed. We will be testing one of these models. It's Kingston SSDNow UV 100. The model that we got is a 60GB SSD version. 60GB might not be very high space, but it is enough to boost your OS speed 10 times more than what you are getting right now on a regular hard drive. SSDs usually have high data read and write speed. That is because they don't rely on rpm. As per our test Kingston SSDNow UV 100 60GB is capable of offering you around 100mb/s of read and 100mb/s of write speed on a constant rate. It can be even higher if you are using the same on SATA 6GB/s port. Kingston SSDNow UV 100 won't be the most high performance drive from the write part, where still 100mb/s is not less according to me.

But if we think from a different point of view, we don't really have to copy and paste much data if the drive is detected to an Operating System. So here read speed usually matters the most. As per its specification the drive is having 2.5" SATA Rev.3.0 compatibility, which offers it a maximum 6Gb/s of transfers speed. There are changes in the speed on the basis of SATA interface.  There is a sharp change in the data read/write speed that I had noticed on SATA 2.0 and on SATA 3.0. You get more on the new version. The cost of 120GB version is around Rs.4300 while the cost of 60GB version lies around Rs.3000 approx. Most of the 60GB and 64GB models lie under the same type of price range. It will be a costly drive if you go with a 60GB edition. I found 120GB better in terms of price. Before moving ahead let's take a look on specification and features of Kingston SSDNow UV 100 60GB.

Features:

  • High Performance hard drive
  • Shockproof
  • Lower Power consumption
  • Affordable

Specification:

  • Form factor – 2.5"
  • Interface SATA Rev. 3.0 (6Gb/s) – with backwards compatibility to SATA Rev. 2.0 (3Gb/s)
  • Capacities – 60GB, 120GB
  • Sequential Read/Write3 SATA Rev. 3.0 – 60GB – up to: 425/ 425MB/s. 120GB – up to: 425/ 425MB/s.
  • Maximum 4k Read/Write 60GB – up to 65,000/26,000 IOPS. 120GB – up to 50,000/50,000 IOPS.
  • Random 4k Read/Write 60GB – up to: 45,000/7,500 IOPS. 120GB – up to: 37,000/14,000 IOPS.
  • PCMARK Vantage HDD Suite Score 55,000
  • Total Bytes Written (TBW)- 60GB – 32TB. 120GB – 64TB.
  • Power consumption – 0.08 W Idle / 0.108 W Avg / 1.025 W (MAX) Read / 2.8 W (MAX) Write.
  • Storage temperature -40°C~85°C
  • Operating temperature – 0°C~70°C
  • Dimensions – 100.3mm x 69.9mm x 7mm
  • Weight – 77.5g
  • Vibration operating – 2.17G Peak (7–800Hz)
  • Vibration non-operating – 20G Peak (10–2000Hz)
  • MTBF  – 1 million hours
  • Warranty/support  – 2-year warranty with free technical support

Package –

Design –

Kingston SSDNow UV 100 comes in different size variation.  It comes in 60GB and 120GB sizes. There is a little difference in the cost. So it is always better to go with a bigger one. This will allow you to use more space. Such drives are ideal for extreme usage. Like system built for gaming, video editing, archiving, file server, etc. The drive adds maximum reliability due to flash chips. It's not like regular drive that has moving parts and cannot handle shock. Kingston SSDNow UV 100 is a desktop hard drive. It features 2.5" form factor. You can connect it easily in your system case. It does not come with any mount panel. If your CPU case is not having a 2.5" enclosure then you might have to get a separate one.

Front/Back –

The front side mostly consists of a sticker that provides details on the drive. Like its space, serial key and other stuff. This is just to identify the drive information. The backside is simple. This drive come packed in metal case instead of plastic. It makes it a shock proof hard drive. This also increases the weight.

Sides –

The drive features regular SATA port. It holds the latest SATA interface that adds upto 425MB/s of read and write speed. You won't be getting this speed unless you are on the SATA 3.0. The drive is also compatible with SATA 2.0 ports where speed will be limited. It is a thin drive that can be easily removed and shifted.

Performance:

Kingston SSDNow UV 100 is a great hard drive when it comes to performance. Windows 10 Technical Preview works very well on this. The installation does not take much time. On a regular Windows 7 system I am getting a constant speed of 104mb/s of data transfer speed. Depending on your internal drive this speed fluctuates. Like I am having Seagate Barracuda 3TB Hard Drive on the same. It's a 7400RPM drive. Due to which speed is fine when I am moving data from the drive to the SSD. And for OS usage also it is a good reliable hard drive. Application open faster. 60GB is a restricted space where it does not allow you to install much application and games. After installing all my regular software, drivers and software, the space consumed was around 48GB. There is no place where I can add games like Far Cry 4. So a 120GB drive will be a wiser choice. Performance wise Kingston SSDNow UV 100 is a good upgrade for any regular desktop. But there is some issue with the write speed which does not pump above 100mb/s. It is good if Kingston can offer more storage space solution in the same. Like 80GB version, will be more helpful.

Test Machine –  (Thanks to Antec, AMD, Kingston, Gigabyte, Nvidia & Seagate for sponsoring the hardware)

  • CPU Cabinet – Antec GX700 Mid-Tower
  • Processor – AMD FX-8350 4Ghz 8 Core (AM3+)
  • Liquid Cooler – Antec Kuhler H20 920
  • RAM – 1x 8GB Kingston HyperX Blu RAM
  • Motherboard – Gigabyte 990FXA-UD5 AM3+ Socket UltraDurable
  • Graphic Card – NVIDIA GeForce GTX 650 Ti BOOST 2GB
  • Hard Drive 1 – Seagate Barracuda 3TB Internal Hard Drive
  • Hard Drive 2 – Kingston SSDNow UV 100 60GB SSD
  • PSU – Antec EA-750 EarthWatts Green PSU

Conclusion –

The 60GB version is costly. Compared to that going for a 120GB version is more valuable. Because you get double space and also you are not paying too high. The approx price of 120GB version is around Rs.4300. 120GB space also allows you to store more application and install games. A single partition of 120GB dedicated to Windows or any other OS you are using, is more than enough. You have enough space left to install various application and games. 60GB gets occupied really fast. SSD's also puts a major impact on the boot and shutdown time. You don't have to wait if multiple programs close at the time of shutdown. For those who use their pc for video and photo editing work, it will surely get extra benefits over current drive. It is also ideal for backup purpose.

Pros:

  • Durable
  • Good Performance
  • Low power consumption

Cons:

  • 60GB version costly
  • Write Speed not same as Read Speed

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