Reviews and Problems with Kingston SSDNow V200 - series (SV200S3)
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My first SSD
Daniel V., Newegg
9 January 2014
Pros: This was my first SSD, and I bought it without being able to move my OS to it, so it sat on my desk for months before I was finally moved to install Windows on it. This ran it AMAZING and start times are just outstanding now.
Cons: Small, I don't have any way of mounting it into my case, so it sits on my desk connected to SATA and power. No instructions for installing into normal 3.5 bay.
Summary: There have been alot of reports that these drives fail more often than not, but i own 2 and have had them for almost two years with no lapse in performance. Overall great product, and i would recommend for any system running just the OS. Just use a 7200rpm HDD for games/movies/music/etc...
Pros: Marked improvement of startup/shutdown from standard 5400/7200 RPM drives. Startup 8 secs/shutdown 5 secs as compaired to almost 35 secs with a 7200 rpm HDD. Easy to use out of the box (Just make sure you have all the neccessary cables when using these or any drive).
Summary: Used this HDD for about 10+ months now and have not had a single issue with it. setup just fine, and hasn't crashed on me yet. Didn't notice when I bought it that the read write speeds were not as high as other SSDs, but that was my own fault.
Pros: Decent speed, inexpensive, reliable, easy to install and setup.
Cons: As others have mentioned, there is no mounting bracket. Depending on the case you have, this might or might not be an issue. Slower than other SSDs, but it is also cheaper, so you get what you pay for.
Drive is fast - doesn't seem to work well with macs
matt l., Newegg
6 August 2012
Pros: fast booting. incredible speed here.
Cons: glitchy with lion on macbook pro 3,1. Lots of spinning balls. It got a little better when I fixed permissions to keep HD on at all times, which made it more reliable when waking from sleep. tried to fix with mountain lion, but it is causing installation to hang. Unusable for me. still giving it a...
Summary: The drive itself is proving to be excellent. My PC got a real shot in the arm. I can postpone replacing it for at least another year. Fitting was pretty easy but be very careful with those flimsy SATA connectors! The rest of the bundle was of limited use.
Summary: after your unboxing watch the dvd that's the instructions on how to install the 3.5 drive bay adapters
Pros: first of all, this is a great product. Runs fast and silent. As far as heat the SSD runs at 31C witch is a great improvement from my 500GB HDD running at 45C. You get all you need in the box witch is a huge help for me being a first time build and made the instillation much more easier.
Summary: I am working with an engineering sample, though it did come in retail packaging, so it very well could be a retail unit. I have not experienced the same seq. write issues that others have and I have been pounding this drive 24/7 since I've installed it.
Pros: Solid performer. Stable and consistent. Excellent chassis build quality. 4 months of intentional heavy writes have no measurable impact on drive performance. GC and wear leveling seem to be doing their jobs. GC is also not noticeable in user land. Worked great with NTFS, BTRFS, XFS, EXT2,3,4.
Cons: Read / write throughput is sub-par for a SATA3 drive. Expect to see good SATA2 speeds, but you won't be breaking ~260-280MB/s in either direction. The JMicron controller is definitely worrying, though I have not seen the sequential write problems others have.