Kingmax 120GB SATA III SSD Review

By on January 4, 2012
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Taking names and kicking ass.

Good: Excellent performance; Very cheap compared to competition; Low 7mm profile
Bad: Nothing, really.
Price: AED 760
* The price is the Suggested Retail Price at the time of review. Please call a retailer to confirm the latest price for this product.

Last week I looked at the Kingmax SATA II 128GB SSD, and while I was happy with the drive in general, my only complaint was that it should have arrived in the market a year earlier. With the SATA III version, Kingmax has finally entered the arena of the big boys. Rated at up to 550Mbps read and 520Mbps write speeds, I’ll be putting Kingmax’s claims to the test.

Like the SATA II version, the SATA III drive comes in the same gorgeous form factor and slim size. The brushed aluminum black casing with a 7mm height on this 2.5” size just never gets old. You’ll notice on the cover it says ‘SMP32 Client’ denoting it as a consumer grade SSD. Capacities for these go all the way up to 2 TB, although that size hasn’t been released yet. With TRIM support and RAID compatibility, the Kingmax SATA III 120GB SSD is as good as anything from the competition. So let’s see how it fares.

Unlike the SATA II drive that was mostly intended for laptops, the SATA III version comes with a 3.5” bracket and screws. There’s also a SATA data cable to connect to your motherboard, plus a SATA power cable with a molex connector on the other end. Also, a small manual to that shows the installation process.

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