SSD is now a new trend in flash-based storage. Speed is high compared to HDD, its advantages are durable and the price is increasingly cheaper makes the SSD the choice for the computer enthusiast and those who want to feel the sensation of speed SSD in the laptop or PC. This time I will review an SSD at quite an affordable price and in my opinion is suitable for the new switch from HDD, namely Kingmax SMV32.
Kingmax is a Taiwanese company that has created a lot of high-performance products such as MicroSD and Flashdisk. Indeed, Kingmax is still less famous than any SSD manufacturer from other Taiwanese such as Kingston or Adata, but it does not mean the product to be reviewed this time will be less performance with the famous brand. Does Kingmax SSD compete against another brand SSDS?
Let’s just jump in our Kingmax SMV32 Review.
- Previously the testing platform that I would use was MSI Probox 23 with the following configurations;
- Processor – Intel Core i3-4330TE 2.4 Ghz
- Motherboard – MSI H81TI
- RAM – Samsung DDR3L M471B5173DB0-YK0 2X4GB
- Storage – Transcend TS128GMSA370 SSD
- OS – Windows 10 1809 X64
- Benchmarking Software – ATTO 4.00.0 F2, CrystalDiskMark 6.0.2, CrystalDiskInfo 8.0.0, ASSSD 2.0.6821.41776, H2TESTW 1.4
- Each test I’ll do repeatedly ten times (except H2TESTW), and I’ll take the average performance value as a picture of the overall performance of this SSD.
Kingmax SMV32 comes with a fairly informative box, not impressed cheap like other brand SSDS that sometimes only come with a blister packaging. All features are listed to attract buyers. The back of the box provides a variety of information that is quite useful for prospective buyers and SSDS are wrapped by bubble wrap so as to make it safe from shock when shipped. There are no sales bonuses such as bracket or SSD support software, but looking at the price offered it feels like I will not protest on this matter.
Kingmax has three castes in the naming of its SSD, the lowest named SME (Entry) series, the medium series named SMV (Value), and its highest series named SMX (Xtreme). Kingmax SMV32 is a value series, according to its naming and the price in the A is around Rp. 295,000 for a capacity of 120GB, of course, this price may vary depending on the dollar rate, the place where you buy and the availability of NAND flash in the global market. The SSD is armed by Phison’s Low-End controllers, the Phison 3111-S11, and the Toshiba 3D TLC NAND Flash BiCS TC58TFG8T23TA09. In Indonesia, Kingmax has a three-year warranty from WPG as its authorized distributor.
Here are the test results I get
Phison 3111-S11 is indeed a good enough controller for low-end classes, although DRAM-less, its performance when paired with Toshiba’s NAND makes the SSD a pretty good read and write speed in the various tests run. This Controller has a disadvantage that it does not have a temperature sensor, or Kingmax intentionally does not give a temperature sensor to press the price? I know, which is clear, like any burden given to the SSD then the temperature will always show a static number and no increase or decrease in temperature. The original characteristics of this SSD will appear and be visible after being tortured until the buffer cache runs out. This condition can be seen in the results of H2TESTW, but I think there is no public user who is going to torture this SSD using H2TESTW because in my opinion besides taking a long time, make a full SSD, also can reduce the age of the SSD because of a massive read-write SSD.
After looking at the various test results above time we draw conclusions regarding the Review, pros and disadvantages of Kingmax SMV32 this 120GB.
The advantages of Kingmax SMV32 this are:
- Competitive price
- Read and write speeds are pretty good
- 3-Year Warranty
The disadvantages of Kingmax SMV32 this is:
- Static temperature
- No supporting software
- Physical plastic SSD Thin
So simple review that I can make… If you want to share the experience, want to ask or just sharing please leave a comment, I will try the answer as I can