We have seen almost all solid state drive manufactures release an “entry-level” drive. This is mainly because of the ready availability of TLC NAND. While these entry-level SSDs do not have the performance and endurance of the high-performance SSDs we all love, they most definitely offer better performance and endurance than traditional hard drives. Kingston is one such company that has recently released an entry-level solid state drive and today we get to take a look at it. The drive is the SSDNow UV400 and it is powered by the Marvell 88SS1074 SSD four-channel controller with Toshiba 15nm 2D planar Triple-Level Cell (TLC) NAND. The drive offers sequential read and write speeds of 550 MB/s and 500 MB/s respectively along with a random 4K IOPS read and write of 90,000 IOPS and 35,000 IOPS respectively. Let’s jump in and see what the SSDNow UV400 from Kingston is all about!
Kingston sent us the “SSD Upgrade Kit” version of the drive. On the front of the retail box there is a picture of the drive and it lets us know our capacity, which is 480 GB.
Flipping the box over to the back it has information on the drive itself and it lets us know what all comes inside the SSD Upgrade Kit.
Getting everything out of the box we have the SSDNow V400 SSD itself, 2.5-inch SSD enclosure, USB cable, 3.5-inch mounting plate, mounting screws, 7mm to 9.5mm adapter, SATA power and data cables, and a download coupon for Acronis cloning software. The SSD Upgrade Kit is a nice option if you plan on using any of the accessories. Kingston will be selling the UV400 in a drive-only option as well.