The Kingston SSDNow V+ is outwardly similar to the rest of the 2.5″ SSDs on the market. SSDs enjoy the luxury of space compared to hard disk drives, something quite evident in the oversized sticker.
If you look closely you’ll notice that the casing of this drive has a textured finish. Uncommon, and classy perhaps, but it won’t really matter once one gets down to actually using the drive. Side and bottom mounting holes are in the usual places.
Four tiny torx-head screws hold everything together. Removing them and taking the drive apart reveals… Samsung, Samsung and more Samsung. All Kingston did, it seems, was slap on a casing and sticker.
The SSDNow V+ uses Samsung’s newest controller, charmingly branded (or not) the S3C29RBB01-YK40. Somewhere in there is an ARM RISC processor, just like on Indilinx’s Barefoot controller.
And like any other SSD worth its salt, the SSDNow V+ has got a good-sized cache onboard – 128MB of low-power 166Mhz DDR SDRAM, to be precise. That’s double the amount that most Indilinx Barefoot-based drives have, but will it help performance?
Eight (six on top, two below) 8GB/64Gbit MLC NAND flash chips make up the rest of the drive. The empty pads you see would be filled up in the 128GB and 256GB versions.
Test Setup & Methodology
We’ll be using the same test setup as before:
|Motherboard||Intel DG45FC (BIOS IDG4510H.86A 0107)|
(G45 Northbridge, ICH10R Southbridge)
|Processor||Intel Core 2 Duo E6320|
|Memory||2GB DDR2-800 SDRAM (5-5-5-15)|
|Power Supply||Silverstone Strider 650W|
|Operating System||Microsoft Windows Vista Ultimate SP1 64-bit|
|Drivers||Intel Chipset Device Software 220.127.116.115|
Intel Graphics Media Accelerator Driver 18.104.22.168.1829
IDT 92xx Audio Driver 6162.0 v1.53
Intel PRO Network Connections Driver 13.5
|Hard Drives||OCZ Vertex 120GB (1.30 firmware)|
Kingston SSDNow M 80GB
Kingston SSDNow V+ 64GB
to benchmarking, HDDErase was used to reset all the flash memory in each drive to a brand new, untouched state. This allows for more consistent results across runs, however it also results in higher
performance figures than would be observed in real-world scenarios after some period of usage, the differences observed being dependent on usage patterns.