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Kingston SSDNow UV400 480GB SATA III SSD Review

By: Jon Coulter | SSDs in Storage | Posted: Nov 18, 2016 6:48 pm
TweakTown Rating: 89%Manufacturer: Kingston

Final Thoughts

 

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As expected, the UV400 didn't light up any of our charts. Regarding performance, we don't have a lot to point to as a reason why you would want to choose the UV400 over competing solutions. However, when we look at the overall value proposition that the UV400 has to offer, it is indeed an entry-level SSD that deserves a close look.

 

Kingston's UV400 480GB SATA III SSD is one of the lowest cost SSDs on the market. The build quality of the UV400 is excellent. The drive has an all-metal enclosure that is both attractive and substantial. Marvell's 88SS1074 controller is a quality component as is the Toshiba 15nm TLC flash array that populates the drive's PCB. Additionally, Kingston is trusted brand that will be there for you should you need assistance.

 

 

Because of its low cost, the UV400 is an attractive option as a drive only blister pack, but we feel it is a far more attractive option when purchased as a bundled upgrade kit. As depicted in the image above, the UV400 bundle comes with everything you could need to upgrade your desktop or laptop computer. For a mere $10 more, you get cloning software, a USB 3.0 enclosure, desktop adapter tray, SATA cable, spacer, and a SATA to Molex power cable. The included USB 3.0 enclosure alone makes the bundle worth it. We have several of these enclosures here at the lab one of which is currently being used to deliver faster storage on an Xbox.

 

The SSD experience that the UV400 offers is what you would expect from a value SSD. It is an order of magnitude better than any mechanical HDD, but not on the level of say a HyperX Savage. This is offset by lower cost which is the proposition of any value-oriented SSD on the market. We feel that Kingston's UV400 480GB SSD is a decent performer, and an overall great value, especially when purchased as an upgrade bundle.

 

Kingston's UV400 480GB SATA III SSD is TweakTown recommended.

 

Pros:

 

  • Good Value
  • Bundle Option
  • Build Quality

 

Cons:

 

  • Synthetic Performance
  • Moderate Workloads

Product Summary Breakdown

TweakTown award
Performance75%
Quality including Design and Build92%
General Features85%
Bundle and Packaging100%
Value for Money95%
Overall TweakTown Rating89%

The Bottom Line: With its strong price point, Kingston's UV400 SSD offers value that is going to be perfect for a lot of people, especially when purchased as an upgrade kit.

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