Kingston SSDNow UV400 480GB Solid State Drive Review

Kingston SSDNow UV400 Overview
The Kingston SSDNow is your typical 2.5-inch solid state drive. The first thing I noticed when I picked it up is that it was actually sort of light. Being an entry-level drive the SSDNow UV400 seems to use a cheaper and less expensive housing than Kingston’s other SSD offerings.

Kingston SSDNow UV400 480GB Solid State Drive

The design is also not made for looks either. You have a silver metal housing and black Kingston head logo along with “Kingston” on the top of the drive. This would look pretty awesome, but the four screws (one with a warranty sticker on it) sort of ruin the sleek design.

Kingston SSDNow UV400 480GB Solid State Drive

Flipping the UV400 over on the back we have a sticker that has our model number and all other relevant information. For those wondering Kingston does offer the UV400 in 120GB, 240GB, 480GB, and 960GB versions.

Kingston SSDNow UV400 480GB Solid State Drive

Like all modern 2.5-inch solid state drives the UV400 is 7mm-thick so it can easily fit into a new laptop. If you have an older laptop you can use the included 7mm to 9.5mm adapter that is included. Of course on the end of the drive you have your SATA power and data connections. As we mentioned earlier this drive is powered by the Marvell 88SS1074 SSD four-channel controller and has Toshiba 15nm 2D planar Triple-Level Cell (TLC) NAND. This is the same NAND that we saw on OCZ’s Trion 150 drive. The UV400 also has a Nanya 512MB LPDDR3 DRAM cache chip.

Kingston SSDNow UV400 480GB Solid State Drive

Kingston SSDNow UV400 480GB Solid State Drive

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