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Kingston SSDNow V - Series (SNV425-S2 / SNV125-S2)

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Kingston SSDNow V Series SNV425-S2 128GB

Legion Hardware
10 October 2010
  • Summary: The Kingston SSDNow V Series SNV425-S2 series is all about value, though having said that they do not fare too badly in terms of performance either. Although we did find some weaknesses when running synthetic benchmark applications such as random small writes, we were not able to replicate this in real-world scenarios.
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Overall 9

Expert Review

Tweak Town
28 April 2010
  • Excerpt: We all know the pains that come from reformatting a PC, but reformatting a notebook that is used daily and has several important functions is even more tiresome. Just a few weeks ago I needed to pull the Crucial C300 from my notebook to test a pair of the drives in RAID. Since I use my notebook almost exclusively these days, it was packed nearly full of images, email, internet short cuts, benchmark results from tested products and just about everything else you might...
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Kingston 128GB SSDNow V Series SNV425-S2 Gen 2 SSD Review

Legit Reviews
15 March 2010
  • Summary: Kingston has really put the pressure on the other SSD manufacturers with their 128GB SSDNow V Series drive. With solid performance for an entry-level drive and $2/GB pricing that even SSD upgrade holdouts will find hard to resist, I have a feeling retailers will have a hard time keeping these drives on the shelves.
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Overall 10

Kingston SSDNow V-Series 30GB Solid State Boot Drive Review

8 March 2010
  • Summary: Final Thoughts The biggest thing that is holding many people back from getting solid state drives is the cost. No one wants to spend $700 for a 256GB solid state drive when you can get 1TB SATA drive for around $100. There is such an increase in speed when it comes to solid state drives many people just want one for loading their operating system and programs faster.
  • Pros: – Great price for people to get their hands on a SSD, – Performs as advertised, – The desktop bundle has everything you need to install the drive, – Supports Windows 7 TRIM
  • Cons: – None that I found
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Kingston SSDNow V Series (2nd Gen) 128GB SSD Review - JMicron JMF618 Makes an Appearance!

PC Perspective
17 February 2010
  • Excerpt: Kingston's 'V Series' of SSD's has gone through a few iterations over the past year.  It started out with 64 and 128 GB JMicron 602B drives.  After some time, a 40GB model was added, this time with a stripped down version of the Intel G2 controller .  That model was shortly discontinued along with the rest of the line.  All have been superseded by a new series carrying the same name.
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Kingston SSDNow V Series 40GB Desktop Bundle Review (with RAID!)

PC Perspective
17 November 2009
  • Excerpt: A few weeks ago Kingston announced a new addition to their SSDNow V series line.  This new drive, dubbed '40GB Boot Drive', is meant to try and get SSD performance in the hands of more users.  SSD enthusiasts like myself face a constant uphill battle when trying to explain and demonstrate the performance benefits of Solid State storage solutions.
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Overall 9
Value for money 8
Performance 8
Construction 10
Functionality 9
Appearance 9

Kingston SSDNow-V 40GB Boot Drive SNV125-S2/40GB

Benchmark Reviews
15 November 2009
  • 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 SSDNow V 40GB Boot Drive SSD performs in operations against direct competitor products. For reference, Kingston specifies that the model SNV125-S2/40GB Solid State Drive should offer a maximum 170 MBps read and 40 MBps write performance.
  • Pros: Very good 197 MBps read bandwidth with ATTO Benchmark, 2nd-generation Intel PC29AS21BA0 SSD controller boosts IOPS, Very low 0.16 ms random access time, Outstanding total-package value, Resistant to extreme shock impact, Lightweight compact storage solution, 3-Year Kingston limited product warranty, Low power consumption may extend battery life
  • Cons: Unimpressive 47 MBps write bandwidth with ATTO Benchmark, Metal case is heavier and less durable than plastic, Low 40GB storage capacity, Lacks integrated USB 2.0 Mini-B data connection, No public firmware updates available
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Kingston SSDNow V Series 40GB Boot Drive Desktop Upgrade Bundle

Testfreaks blog
29 October 2009
  • Conclusion: The Kingston SSDNow V Series 40GB Boot drive is a cost effective way to increase the overall performance of your system. This drive has very fast read speeds which will allow your system to boot and shut down faster and overall increase access performance of your system. Yes it’s not the fastest out there, but for the cost it’s well worth it, especially for the novice user or someone just getting into SSD drives.
  • Pros: Very fast read speeds, Everything included in bundle, Low cost, Fairly easy installation
  • Cons: Slow write speeds, Can be time consuming when moving files and folders
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Kingston 40GB V Series Boot Drive SSD Review

Legit Reviews
25 October 2009
  • Excerpt: Kingston has been offering Solid-State Drives (SSDs) to consumers since they introduced their SSDNow family of drives back at the 2009 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. The first two products in its SSDNow line of SSDs were the SSDNow E Series and SSDNow M Series. Kingston targeted its SSDNow E Series to the enterprise server environment while the SSDNow M Series was built for the road warrior who demanded the ultimate performance from a notebook PC.
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Expert Review

26 September 2009
  • Conclusion: What are SSDs? NO... it's not a disease! SSD stands for Solid State Drive. It's a computer hard drive that comes in a 2.5" form factor, however there are NO moving parts. Most SSDs are shock-proof and offer much longer life than standard mechanical hard drives (with moving/spinning parts). Check out the photos below. The reviewer also produced some benchmark tests.
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