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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

Kingston UV400 480GB SATA III SSD

 

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You can purchase the UV400 as either a complete upgrade kit that comes with everything under the sun or you can purchase it as a super-low-cost drive only blister pack. The drive itself is visible through the clear portion of the blister pack. This side of the packaging advertises the UV400's capacity, free technical support, three-year warranty, form factor, and interface.

 

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The rear of the packaging advertises some of the advantages users will get by going solid state over mechanical.

 

 

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The UV400's enclosure is formed from high-quality aluminum alloy. The design is minimalistic and attractive.

 

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The bottom of the enclosure features a manufacturer's label listing the particulars of the drive.

 

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The enclosure is fastened together with four Torx security screws. The PCB is held in position by two locator pins.

 

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Kingston utilizes a thermal pad to wick heat from the drive's controller.

 

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This half of the drive's blue PCB is populated by the drive's controller, eight flash packages, and a DRAM cache package.

 

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This half of the PCB is populated with an additional eight flash packages.

 

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Above is the Marvell 88SS1074 4-channel controller that powers the UV400.

 

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One of the sixteen Kingston branded 32GB TSOP Toshiba 15nm TLC flash packages that populate the PCB.

 

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Above is the drive's Nanya branded 512MB LPDDR3 DRAM cache.

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