Summary: I am sure this is a great drive, but the Acronis cloning software that comes with it is out of date and won't boot from the CD/DVD drive on my Alienware Aurora R4 computer with UEFI type BIOS. Have been in contact with Kingston support who have tried to be helpful, but so far nothing works. They had me download and burn a CD which they said would fix the problem, too bad it was the same 4 year old software that came with the drive.
"Somewhat ok ssd for the price." Can get speeds close to as advertised on compressed files only!
Jacob D. Kuilan, Amazon
1 October 2012
Summary: The Kingston SSDNow V+200 is a low to mid level performing SSD. Spec wise it's it uses the same tried and tested Sandforce sf-2281 controller that many SSD makers use. I don't know if it is it's firmware but it has slower performance than most others using the same controller like the Vertex 3 or the SanDisk Extreme Even though it's slower it's still way faster than what any HDD can offer on the market without Raid 0.
Summary: Noticed a significant difference in boot times on my older PC. Nothing to write home about for the price and capacity, but I expected that. I needed a hard drive quickly and signed up for Amazon Prime at the same time. Bad idea. Ever since signing up for two day Free shipping, Amazon has either been out of stock or delayed on everything I ordered since. "Cancelled." Before that I was really satisfied with ship times etc.
Summary: Finally got these installed but not without many hours of anguish and several emails to support. The Kingston website stated that these drives MUST have firmware updated before use. After days of trying to get the firmware updater to function (never did get it to work), a support email informs me that an update is not needed...Thanks Kingston for such a "helpful" website.
Great performance in general, unstable boot performance
Daniel Wong, Amazon
8 August 2012
Summary: Easy setup with the right tool, which is not included in this model. I used the clone utility that came with Kingston's SSDnow Upgrade Bundle Kit from a previous purchase. Boot up time is much faster than regular HDD for most of the time. However, once in a while, boot up takes a big hit and the drive seems to be busy "forever" before the login screen is presented. I thought I got a defective drive with unpredictable performance and requested a replacement.
Summary: Not officially supported on Mac. I bought this drive to run on a MacBook Pro. Assuming that hard drives are standards compliant I figured compatibly would not be an issue. Turns out I was only 1/2 correct. The drive went in easily and was able to get Mac OS installed. One problem I noticed was that it was really slow. Too slow for an SSD. Turns out there is a firmware update to fix it, but the Kingston updater only runs on Windows.
Summary: SSD is very fast but first one crashed after 14 months and had to be replaced under warranty from the manufacturers, I then bought a second matching one and now have them in a mirrored raid array. I only use the SSD for my operating system and programs and keep all my files, data etc. on normal hard drives. Booting up is very fast and the computer is ready to be used about 5 - 10 seconds after you log on, a big improvement over a hard drive.
Summary: OCZ Agility 3 has more or less same price, but almost double the transfer speed. If you are expecting a SATA3 6gbps performance with this drive you'll be disappointed - as I was. This drive claims fast 450MB/s performance, but best I could get was about 210MB/s.
Summary: Given that when I purchased this the kit was cheaper than the bare drive I feel slightly guilty criticising the cloning software shipped with the bundle. The Kingston 90GB SSD is excellent and has cut my boot time by a third and software applications start significantly faster. However the installation did not go as smoothly as I had hoped.