Kingston has created its UV500 SSDs as an affordable line of products to combat Crucial's BX500 and Mushkin's SSD Source disks. All of these products are designed as entry-level models and have been reviewed by our partner site, PCMag. Using the data collected by our colleagues on this site and up-to-date pricing information, let's see how the Kingston UV500 matches the competition and gives our own idea of motivation.
Features and specifications
In the world of storage, two details are more and more of a subject of attention than anything else: the capacity and speed of reading / writing. Kingston offers its UV500 in a wide range of sources ranging from 120 GB to 1.92 TB. The company also manufactures these SSDs in M.2, mSATA and 2.5 inch format. The model tested by PCMag, in this case, was the 2.5-inch SATA version of 960 GB.
The Achille heel of the Kingston UV500 corresponds to its read / write speeds, which reach respectively 520 MB / s and 500 MB / s. This means that, at least on paper, the Kingston UV500 will be a little slower than its competitors. Crucial said that his 480GB BX500 The drive can support a read speed of 540 MB / s, while the Mushkin Source 500GB is even faster with a read speed of 560 MB / s and a write speed of 520 MB / s. Samsung 860 QVO 1 TB The drive is located between the Crucial and Mushkin Source drives with a read speed of 550 MB / s and a write speed of 520 MB / s.
The UV500 compensates for its slightly slower write speed by supporting AES 256-bit hardware encryption, a feature not found in the other two disks. Kingston also outperformed its competitors with a five-year warranty instead of three years.
Now that basic specifications are not addressed, let's turn our attention to the PCMag benchmark results. In addition to the Crucial BX500 480GB, the Samsung 860 QVO 1TB and the Mushkin Source 500GB, the Kingston UV500 has also been tested against Kingston's high-end RGB Fury.
Overall, the benchmark results look better than expected. With the lowest read / write speeds among the discs tested, the UV500 appears to be the slowest of all tests, including some. The results of the Crystal DiskMark 6.0 4K read / write test also prove it, the UV500 being significantly lagging behind its competitors, but the other results show that the UV500 is getting closer to the competition. The reader even manages to exceed its nominal read / write speeds in the Crystal DiskMark 6.0 sequential test. In this test, all drives had equal writing speeds, and the Mushkin source clearly outperformed the others.
However, the Kingston UV500 had the lowest read speed of all disks. When you consider the AS-SSD file transfer test, things are even better for the Kingston UV500. The UV500 score for the game folder transfer test is actually the highest ever recorded on a SATA-III drive, and its ISO file transfer score is the second highest among the tested drives.
The benchmark results being what they are, none of the five discs tested has a significant advantage over each other. Although the Kingston UV500 is lagging behind sequential read / write performance tests in 4K sequential and random reads, its performance in writing and transferring sequential files is excellent and balances things.
In direct comparison, the Crucial BX 480GB at $ 54.95 and the Mushkin Source at $ 53.88 are better purchases than the Kingston UV500 480GB, which currently sells for $ 67.70. The situation gets worse when you consider the 960 GB model UV500 from Kingston, which sells for $ 149.97 instead. Samsung's 1TB 860 Qvo hard drive propels its competitor Kingston out of the water in this regard, as it has a slightly higher capacity and is selling at a more affordable price of $ 113.99. The fact that the UV500 also benefits from a 5 year longer warranty and a 256 bit AES encryption, making it a more advantageous solution for some users, can also help. This gives the Kingston UV500 a less expensive niche, but it is a narrower segment of the market.