Page 11 - Conclusion
In a bid to become one of the most economical SSDs to ever hit retail shelves, the SATA version of the Kingston UV500 240GB did well in achieving its goal: For about $70 at press time, the UV500 is one of the lowest priced drives in the market today. Slap on its long five-year warranty, reasonably good write endurance, and reduced power consumption compared to the UV400, there is quite a bit to like about the UV500, at least on paper. Unfortunately, its economy class pricing was prominently reflected in its economy class performance. While the Kingston UV500 240GB did well in every simple linear workload, it fell quite a bit short of the competition when it came to medium to heavy workloads. In fact, I mentioned almost the exact same thing about its predecessor, which is interesting because the UV500 is an improvement compared to the product it replaces. But two years after I covered the UV400, the UV500 simply did not improve enough to turn it into a class-leading SSD when everyone else has not sat idly by. Just like the UV400 compared to the Trion 150 back in 2016, the UV500 is in the midst of another competitor that delivers vastly better performance for an extra five dollars: The Crucial BX300 240GB. Therefore, to loosely quote myself in my UV400 review, my take is this: The Crucial BX300 240GB is a significantly better performing drive overall, and the Kingston UV500 240GB can only be justified if it was priced even lower in today's extremely competitive market.
Kingston provided this product to APH Networks for the purpose of evaluation.
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The SATA variant of Kingston's UV500 240GB is one of the most economical solid state drives in the market today with a long warranty, but its performance leaves a bit to be desired even for the price.
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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 22.214.171.124
7. Benchmark: HD Tune Pro 4.60
8. Benchmark: PassMark PerformanceTest 9.0
9. Benchmark: PCMark Vantage
10. Benchmark: PCMark 8