Summary: We can see from our tests that the Kingston SSDNow V100 and Patriot Torqx 2 128 GB solid state drives perform similarly on the whole, even though there were a few instances where one drive did have a clear performance superiority.
In the sequential read and write tests in AS SSD and CrystalDiskMark, both drives exhibited very similar performance even though the Kingston drive scored slightly better in three of the four tests.
Conclusion: A number of users are having issues with Kingston’s SSDNow V100 solid-state drives, although Kingston claims it’s a very small percentage. The problem is a failure to boot and hanging at the bios screen which can lead to drive failure.
Excerpt: Last week we showed you the new Kingston SSDNow V+100 that uses a new Toshiba controller and offers good mainstream performance, but the current price is quite a bit higher than what we wanted to see. Today we're looking at the new Kingston SSDNow V100 with a Toshiba labeled controller designed in cooperation with JMicron. The V100 is Kingston's new budget series that is designed to meet the needs of mainstream users.
Conclusion: Let us summarise the most important positive and negative points below: It is very easy to use the desktop kit and install the drive in a 3.5“ drive bay. This kit also provides space to add a second 2.5“ drive. During our tests the drive showed a very high sequential read and write speed. Just like all other SSD drives that we have tested so far, access times are very low too.
Pros: Excellent performance on sequential drive access, Silky smooth operation as a system drive and completely stable, Fast access times, Completely silent operation, Fast operating system load times, Fast application loading, Easy to use 3.5“ adapter set, Clone software included, MTBF: 1,000,000 Hrs, Trim support (on compatible operating systems), Three-year warranty, Live 24/7 tech support
Cons: Very slow when operating on small block sizes, Expensive with high cost per GB of user storage
Summary: Kingston reported a 250 MB/s read and 230MB/s write speed on the front of their drive. This is a 20MB/s read and a 50MB/s write increase over the high end performance drive one year ago. The tests don’t lie. I threw the kitchen sink at this drive and it came out clean. This drive comes bundled with a 2.5″ enclosure for your old laptop drive, industry acclaimed imaging software Acronis True Image, an to top it all off it has a 3 year guarantee.
Kingston SSDNow V 100 256GB and SSDNow V+ 100 256GB
29 January 2011
Summary: The SSD market has been an extremely competitive market place over the past few years and things do not look to be slowing down. It doesn’t seem that long ago since the wave of SandForce SF-1200 based SSDs made a splash, offering what at the time seemed like unbeatable performance at an unbeatable price.
Excerpt: To sum it up, the Kingston SSDNow V100 may not be the fastest SSD out there, but it's still a very competitive product in this quickly expanding market. If you're looking for a simple upgrade method that will result in a big step up in performance, than look no further.
Kingston SSDNow V100 128GB SSD Review – Hard Drive Comparison and Conclusions
12 November 2010
Excerpt: This paragraph will be the ‘meat and gravy’ of this review simply because most want to know what this SSD will do for them. We can approach it from the angle that the SSD will last longer, not crash and lose all data at its end life, is lighter, cooler, uses less power which guarantees longer battery life, is more durable and visibly faster.
Kingston SSDNow V100 128GB SSD Review – Test Criteria
12 November 2010
Excerpt: Software used for testing by The SSD Review consists of Crystal Disk Mark, HDTune Pro, ATTO Benchmark, HDTach, along with FutureMark PCMark Vantage. The first four do a great job of showing us the numbers that we want to see, or don’t want to see in some cases, while PCMark Vantage x64 is an excellent program which recreates tests that mimic the average users activity, all the while providing a medium to measure each.
Excerpt: In examining the HDTune Pro results, we were very happy to see consistent speeds along with a nice smooth line in the graph showing that the SSD is comfortable with the system. The only difference we are seeing from these tests and those of the top SSDs is that there is a slightly elevated access time accompanied by lower performance speeds in the lower random operations.