Reviews and Problems with Kingston SSDNow V+ Series (SNVP325 / SNV325 / SNV225)
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Kingston SSDNow V Series 30G Twin-Pack Review
20 February 2013
Conclusion: From a pure storage point of view one or even two Kingston 30GB SSDNow V drives is not adequate for the standalone user with no other drives in their system. From the enthusiast point of view, however, two of these drives in RAID 0 Mode are fast, very fast. Kingston offers this kit as a Twin Pack for $164 on Newegg. This is a viable alternative for those wanting a fast load of certain games or Windows without paying the higher prices a larger SSD drive would entail.
Conclusion: About the only downside to this drive is the price which is currently at US$370 or AED 1350/- which makes it quite an expensive component. If you can get past that, then you;re looking at one of the fastest SSD drives which not only makes Windows boot fast but also launches your applications almost instantly.
Summary: We’ve also moved to Windows 7 for all of our benchmarks, which tends to give slightly lower sustained speeds in our benchmarks than does Windows XP. The second-gen Kingston SSDNow V+ is a strong performer and it gets brownie points for the included upgrade kit, as well as native TRIM support. It doesn’t offer a huge jump in performance, but users won’t be disappointed. And it’s less expensive than many other 128GB SSDs with similar performance.
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
Summary: Well, first, the Indilinx-controlled drives we’ve reviewed since July offer slightly better performance, despite their smaller cache size. And Corsair’s P256 SSD, which is virtually identical to the Kingston drive, is $30 cheaper. And considering the still-high price-per-gigabyte that remains the biggest hurdle in SSD adoption, every penny helps.
Pros: The same blistering sustained reads/writes as the Corsair P256...
Cons: ...Because it's the same drive--except the Kingston is more expensive.