Kingston UV400 480GB SSD review – A budget drive

 

Kingston UV400 480GB SSD review - A budget drive

Review: Kingston
UV400

Reviewed by: Antonis
Sapanidis

Provided by: Kingston

Model: Kingston UV400 480GB SSD

Firmware version: 0C3FD6SD

 

 

 

As expected technology moves forward in all
directions, from very high end SSD NVMe drives to the more affordable ones that
are still 2.5” form factor and use technology that benefits pricing. The
Kingston UV400 SSD is a drive that is affordable, and to achieve that it uses
TLC NAND. I understand that most of the enthusiasts will ignore this sort of drive,
but then again this drive is meant for this type of person.

The Kingston UV400 is here to replace your
hard drive, give you better boot times, very low access times, and all this at a
very attractive price. But before I start this review for the Kingston UV400
SSD you may want to check out the Kingston website by clicking here.

Thanks to Kingston for providing me with
the UV400 480GB SSD for this review.

Kingston UV400 480GB SSD

Let’s start by taking a quick look at the
packaging of the Kingston UV400 SSD, and as you can see from the picture there
is the drive itself, and on the box we have the basic info about the SSD.
Everything points to a more value for money drive, unlike some other drives similar
to the HyperX Savage which feature almost everything that you might, or might not,
need.

Kingston UV400 480GB SSD review - A budget drive

From the front of the package, there is the
drive, information about the size of the drive, SATA 3 specifications, and also
a three year warranty.

Kingston UV400 480GB SSD review - A budget drive

Here also is the back.

Kingston UV400 480GB SSD review - A budget drive

The front of the drive is simple and has the
Kingston logos that are painted in black. Simple, and to my eyes good looking but
also cost effective.

Kingston UV400 480GB SSD review - A budget drive

And
the rear of the Kingston UV400 480GB SSD.

Kingston UV400 480GB SSD review - A budget drive

Here is how the front side of the PCB
looks, with eight NAND Chips labelled as Kingston, the Nanya DDR chip, and a Marvel
controller.

Kingston UV400 480GB SSD review - A budget drive

On the other side of the PCB we find
another set of eight NAND chips.

Kingston UV400 480GB SSD review - A budget drive

A closer look at the Marvel 88SS1074-BSW2
controller.

Kingston UV400 480GB SSD review - A budget drive

Here is a closer look at the NAND,

Specifications of the Kingston UV400 480GB SSD

In the pictures below we get a more
detailed view of the specifications and the features of the Kingston UV400 480GB
SSD series as they appear on the official website.

Kingston UV400 480GB SSD review - A budget drive

Kingston UV400 480GB SSD review - A budget drive

As we can see there are two versions of the
UV400 SSD, one that has the Notebook & Desktop kit, and the one that I was sent
which only has the drive and reduces the cost of the SSD. The UV400 at the time
of writing this review is available in three capacities, 120GB, 240GB, and
480GB, with a 960GB drive along soon. As always prices will vary so be on the lookout
for a good deal for the Kingston UV400 SSD.

 

CrystalDiskInfo

Kingston UV400 480GB SSD review - A budget drive

In
the above screenshot we can see all the available info for the Kingston UV400
480GB SSD.

 

Let’s head to the next page where we
take a look at our testing methods and the review PC.