Page 11 - Conclusion
Combining the excellent Marvell 88SS1074 controller found in the Crucial MX300 and Toshiba's proven 15nm TLC IC chips found in the OCZ Trion 150 480GB, was the Kingston SSDNow UV400 480GB a genuinely good idea in reality, or something that seemed good at first, but failed to deliver in the end like Cleveland Balloonfest '86? According to our benchmarks, it was a bit of a mixed bag. The UV400 delivered great results in PCMark Vantage, but beyond that, it was absolutely no match for the OCZ Trion 150 480GB in pretty much every benchmark run here at APH Networks. This is not to mention the Trion 150 has way better warranty, where Toshiba/OCZ does advanced exchange for three years, and pays for shipping both ways. That said, the UV400 has significantly better rated write endurance than the Trion 150, while being more power efficient at the same time. Compared to the Crucial MX300, the UV400 480GB has slightly lower rated write endurance compared to the 525GB model, although the Crucial drives comes more feature loaded with Microsoft eDrive support and power failure protection. With all these factors accounted for, I think it all comes down to price. For about $115 at press time, the Kingston SSDNow UV400 480GB is one of the cheapest SSDs in the market today in the capacity range at $0.24 per gigabyte, although not by much. The OCZ Trion 150 480GB can be found for $120, while the Crucial MX300 525GB can be had for $130 at press time. For an extra five dollars, the OCZ Trion 150 480GB is a much better performing drive overall; not to mention a vastly superior warranty. As such, in my opinion, the Kingston SSDNow UV400 480GB can only then be justified if it was priced even lower in today's extremely competitive market.
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The Kingston SSDNow UV400 480GB is a decent budget SSD unfortunately eclipsed by competitors that are either faster, have better warranty, or comes with more features for literally a few more dollars.
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1. Introduction, Packaging, Specifications
2. A Closer Look, Test System
3. Benchmark: AIDA64 Disk Benchmark
4. Benchmark: ATTO Disk Benchmark
5. Benchmark: Crystal Disk Mark 3.0
6. Benchmark: HD Tach 220.127.116.11
7. Benchmark: HD Tune Pro 4.60
8. Benchmark: PassMark PerformanceTest 8.0
9. Benchmark: PCMark Vantage
10. Benchmark: PCMark 8