Reviews and Problems with Kingston SSDNow V+ Series (SNVP325 / SNV325 / SNV225)
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Kingston SSDNow V+
27 April 2010
Excerpt: It seemed like déjà vu to us, too—didn’t we review a Kingston SSDNow V+ as recently as December? Turns out we’re not crazy (at least in this respect); that was the first-generation SSDNow V+ , built on the same Samsung controller as the Corsair P256. The second-gen SSDNow V+, by contrast, uses Toshiba’s T6UG1XBG SSD controller, which features TRIM support (for clearing deleted blocks) and has theoretical maximum reads and writes of 230MB/s and 180MB/s, respectively.
Pros: TRIM support; fast reads and writes; included upgrade and connectivity kit; competitive pricing.
Cons: Not world-changing; random-access times lag behind Indilinx and Intel controllers.
Conclusion: For now the only competitors able to beat
Kingston's V+ in terms of performance are the top end drives from Intel and OCZ
etc. which are only slightly faster in benchmarks (not at all noticeably faster
in real world experience) and cost twice as much. That makes the Kingston SSDNow
V+ series of SSD drives the obvious choice for a performance SSD purchase.
Excerpt: Over the last couple of months we discussed a lot about how next generation SSDs will get a speed boost compared to models that were considered speed kings just a month ago. At the same time we also touched on large capacity models that will hit store, but for the most part the speed has been the main story. That changes today.
Excerpt: Since their release, Solid State Disks (SSD’s) have been geared towards enthusiasts. With the ability to offer the user phenomenal read speeds and shockingly fast writes, loading games, pictures, and applications is a breeze. The Kingston SSDNow V Series was reviewed back in July 2009, geared more towards the average enthusiast that wants the speed of an SSD, with the price of a HDD. The next level up in performance is the SSDNow V+ Series.
Kingston second-generation SSDNow V+ 128GB under the spotlight
1 February 2010
Conclusion: We consider any product score above '50%' as a safe buy. The higher the score, the higher the recommendation from HEXUS to buy. Simple, straightforward buying advice. The rating is given in relation to the category the component competes in, therefore the SSD is evaluated with respect to our 'high-range components' criteria, where value plays a larger part in the overall score. TBC. At HEXUS, we invite the companies whose products we test to comment on our articles.
Conclusion: Benchmark Reviews begins our conclusion with a short summary for each of the areas that we rate. The first section is performance, which considers how effective the Kingston SSD Now V+ series performs in operations against direct competitor products. For reference, Kingston specifies that the model SNVP325-S2/128GB Solid State Drive should offer a maximum 230 MBps read and 180 MBps write performance.
Pros: Impressive 238/188MBps read/write speed with ATTO, Toshiba T6UG1XBG controller include native TRIM/Garbage Collection, Good enthusiast operational I/O performance, Lightweight compact storage solution, Resistant to extreme shock impact, Up to 512GB of SSD storage capacity, 3-Year Kingston limited product warranty, Low power consumption may extend battery life, Upgrade kit makes transitions easier for builders
Cons: Lacks integrated USB Mini-B data connection, Expensive enthusiast-level product, No public firmware updates available
Summary: Final Thoughts
As we have stated earlier in the review this is an update to the already released V+ Series solid state drives form Kingston, a second-generation. So what really is new about these drives? Probably the most important thing that sticks out to most people is Windows 7 TRIM support. This improved the write performance of a solid state drives that use Windows 7. Also it seems like Kingston has done some work on the controller in the V+ Series.
Pros: – Far better write improvement over the original V+ Series drives, – Windows 7 TRIM support, – Available in up to 512GB capacities
Excerpt: You might think GPU and CPU upgrades happen quickly, but they’re practically glacial compared to the SSD market, where a platform can go from Kick Ass Award–winning performance to merely good in a few months. Witness Kingston’s SSDNow V+ 256GB, essentially a rebadge of Samsung’s 256GB drive, to which we gave a Kick Ass Award back in July.
Pros: The same blistering sustained reads/writes as the Corsair P256...
Cons: ...Because it's the same drive--except the Kingston is more expensive.
Excerpt: If you want a massive Solid-State Drive (SSD) you really don’t have too many choices on the market today. In fact if you head over to Newegg.com and do a quick advanced search for SSDs the largest capacity is 256GB and only have eleven drives to pick from. Prices range from $590 to $740, so you better have a fairly good idea of what you are buying as the average price of the 11 drives would be $677, a considerable price to pay for any storage drive.
Conclusion: Benchmark Reviews begins each conclusion with a short summary for each of the areas we rate. The first is product presentation, which takes packaging into consideration only to the extent that it provides adequate packing material and delivers important consumer information for an informed purchase. Since the national economy in the midst of an economic recession, manufacturers are forced to use some creative ideas to help lure consumers to their product.
Pros: Impressive 241 MBps read bandwidth with EVEREST, 128MB Cache buffer overcomes 'stuttering' data problem, Very low 0.14 ms random access time, Lightweight compact storage solution, Resistant to extreme shock impact, Up to 256 GB of SSD capacity, 3-Year Kingston limited product warranty, Low power consumption may extend battery life
Cons: Unimpressive 150 MBps write bandwidth with EVEREST, Metal case is heavier and less durable than plastic, Poor IOPS performance, Specifications and product documentation are unavailable, Lacks integrated USB 2.0 Mini-B data connection, Expensive enthusiast-level product, No public firmware updates available