Kingston’s latest solid state drive, the SSDNow V+, packs in Samsung’s newest SSD controller and a generous amount of cache. Can this new entrant outshine established players?
In our previous article, we rounded up several SSDs representing the most common controllers in the market. One that we were unable to squeeze in, quite unfortunately, was Samsung’s latest controller. Today, we hope to make it up to you with our review of the Kingston SSDNow V+.
The SSDNow V+ sits in the same category as the SSDNow V series, which uses the low-cost (and infamous) JMicron JMF602B controller and is aimed at users on a budget.
The specifications of the V+ are anything but low-end, however. On its website, Kingston claims a pretty impressive 220MB/s sequential read speed. Write speeds are equally enticing. But does the SSDNow V+ offer a competitive price as its name suggests?
- Sequential Read Throughput – 64GB, 128GB, and 256GB – 220MB/s
- Sequential Write Throughput – 64GB – 140MB/s, 128GB – 170MB/s, 256GB – 180MB/s
- Form Factor – 2.5″
- Interface – SATA 1.5 Gb/sec. and 3.0 Gb/sec
- Capacity* – 64GB, 128GB, 256GB
- Storage temperatures — -40 – 85°C
- Operating temperatures — 0 ~ 70°C
- Dimensions — 69.85 x 100 x 9.5 mm
- Weight — 84 gram
- IOPS** (Input and Output Operations Per Second) —
- Random 4K read: 6300 IOPS
Random 4K write: 64GB = 84 IOPS
Random 4K write: 128GB = 158 IOPS
Random 4K write: 256GB = 291 IOPS
- Vibration operating — 2.7G
- Vibration non-operating — 20G
- Power specs — 2.6 W – active / 0.15W Idle
- Life expectancy** — 1,000,000 Hrs mean time before failure
- Operating shock — 1500G
Unfortunately for those who thought that a good bargain was in the making, the SSDNow V+ is priced alongside drives like the Intel X25-M and drives using the Indilinx Barefoot controller (OCZ Vertex, Supertalent Ultradrive etc.).
Kingston SSDNow M
|Intel PC29AS21AA0||Intel MLC||80GB||$240||3.00|
Supertalent UltraDrive ME
|Indilinx Barefoot w/ 64MB cache||Samsung MLC||64GB||$200||3.13|
Kingston SSDNow V+
|Samsung S3C29RBB01-YK40 w/ 128MB cache||Samsung MLC||64GB||$200||3.13|
*The cheapest brand among equivalent drives was used.
Why Kingston branded the SSDNow V+ as such is a mystery then, but one thing for sure is that the SSDNow V+ will have to turn in an equal or superior performance to its competitors or risk being left by the wayside.
But before we churn out some performance figures, let’s take a closer look at the drive and its innards…