Reviews and Problems with Kingston SSDNow V+200 - series (SVP200S37A / SVP200S3B7A)
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Installation not as simple as it could be
James W. Johnson "Editor Jim", Amazon
7 June 2013
Summary: As part of a system rebuild following a total crash, I decided to use this SSD drive as my bootable drive. Maybe I was distracted by all the other requirements at the time, but I was never able to get a good Windows 7 install on the SSD. In an effort to get the system completed, I've placed the SSD aside for the moment; will try again later.
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.
"Somewhat ok ssd for the price." Can get speeds close to as advertised on compressed files only!
Jacob D. Kuilan, Amazon
7 July 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: When it works, this drive is very good. The first one i had lasted 3 days. But i returned it, and got a replacement immediately, which is still running fast 15 months later. Read some of the other reviews - it looks like about 25% of these fail within a few weeks. But the ones that don't are good.
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.
Summary: Do not buy if your motherboard doesnt support AHCI in the BIOS. This isnt stated anywhere but mine didnt so unit failed after approx 10 days use !! Also the 120gb will only be OK if your existing HDD is of similar size OR very underutilised as the Acronis software supplied will only clone if what it thinks is sufficient space is available on the SSD.