Inside the Kingston V300
The Kingston V300 is available in three different kits – a box containing the drive itself, a notebook install kit, and a desktop install kit you see here:
The desktop kit adds a mounting bracket to fit 3.5″ enclosures, and the standard cables. Also included is a copy of Acronis True Image, to help migrate data from your old drive if necessary. The notebook kit adds an external USB enclosure to facilitate migration, and a 7mm to 9.5mm shim to allow it to fit into larger notebooks properly.
As is customary on Kingston SSDs, security torx screws are used. Luckily I happen to have some with me, so it was easy to get it open. If you don’t have the right type of screwdriver (normal torx won’t work), it is easy to open using a normal flat screwdriver. If you angle it right, it will work.
Once inside, we see that thermal pads are used on both sides of the metal enclosure. This helps move heat away from the flash and controller, allowing it to be as durable as possible.
Now let’s get to testing, starting with consistency.