Kingston SM2280S3 120GB M.2 SATA SSD Review

Testing & Methodology

SSD testing can be a bit subjective as a lot of times they are not tested on similar components or at different times. We test our drives as the boot drive with a fresh OS image to ensure all the same drivers updates and OS conditions are observed. Testing with the drive as the boot drive with the OS residing on it will result in a much more realistic experience for the end user as just using it as a secondary drive and running benches on an empty drive will likely skew results and deliver different performance than you will see when using it in your system.

Every effort has been made to ensure that the tests are done on as clean of an OS as possible as a Secure erase was performed before installation.

Test Rig


Test Rig
Case TypeCorsair Obsidian Series 800D
CPUIntel Haswell E 5930k 3.5GHz
MotherboardAsus X99 Deluxe
RamKingston Fury 32GB 2400MHz (15 – 15 -15)
CPU CoolerThermalright Ultra 120 RT (Dual 120mm Fans)
Hard DrivesKingston M.2. SM2280S3 120GB M.2. Solid State Drive
OpticalAsus Quiet Trac BR
Case Fans120mm Fan cooling the mosfet CPU area
Docking StationsNone
Testing PSUSilverStone 1500W
MouseRazer Lachesis
KeyboardRazer BlackWidow Chroma
Any Attempt Copy This System
Configuration May Lead to Bankruptcy


Test Suite

We will use the following applications to test the performance of the Kingston M.2. 120GB SSD.

All of the drive testing software we use is free and linked in the test suite table below. Want to compare your performance to the performance we get from our drives, click the link download and install the software and Bench Happy.

These links take you to external sites, we have tested all links and found them virus bloatware free but links change so download at your own risk and be smart. If it looks hinkey Google search it and download from a reliable link.

Anvils Storage Utilitiesl
Drive Throughput Tester
The good folks over at Kingston were kind enough to send over a Kingston M.2. SM2280S3 120GB M.2. Solid State Drive, whats the noise about you might ask. The noise is about the blazing speed one of these innocuous little drives can produce. As a little spoiler, to grab your attention, I tossed this little jewel on Hexzilla and ran a Quick AS SSD test on it and the read speed hit 499MB/s, Write hit 240MB/s. If that doesn't make you want to jump up and scream "I want one" you may want to check your Pulse. [section_title title=Kingston 120GB…

Review Overview

Performance - 9.5
Value - 10
Innovation - 9
Quality - 9.5
Features - 9


The Kingston M.2. SM2280S3 120GB M.2. Solid State Drive surprised us with it's size and speed. Loaded down with an operating system, tested to the max it blew us away in Size, Price and Speed.

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