Kingston SSDNow V+ Review

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.

overview Kingston SSDNow V+ Review

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.

under Kingston SSDNow V+ Review

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.

inside1 Kingston SSDNow V+ Review

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?

inside2 Kingston SSDNow V+ Review

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:

MotherboardIntel DG45FC (BIOS IDG4510H.86A 0107)
(G45 Northbridge, ICH10R Southbridge)
ProcessorIntel Core 2 Duo E6320
Memory2GB DDR2-800 SDRAM (5-5-5-15)
Power SupplySilverstone Strider 650W
Operating SystemMicrosoft Windows Vista Ultimate SP1 64-bit
DriversIntel Chipset Device Software 9.1.1.1015
Intel Graphics Media Accelerator Driver 15.13.4.64.1829
IDT 92xx Audio Driver 6162.0 v1.53
Intel PRO Network Connections Driver 13.5
Hard DrivesOCZ Vertex 120GB (1.30 firmware)
Kingston SSDNow M 80GB
Kingston SSDNow V+ 64GB

Prior
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.

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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.

overview Kingston SSDNow V+ Review

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.

under Kingston SSDNow V+ Review

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.

inside1 Kingston SSDNow V+ Review

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?

inside2 Kingston SSDNow V+ Review

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:

MotherboardIntel DG45FC (BIOS IDG4510H.86A 0107)
(G45 Northbridge, ICH10R Southbridge)
ProcessorIntel Core 2 Duo E6320
Memory2GB DDR2-800 SDRAM (5-5-5-15)
Power SupplySilverstone Strider 650W
Operating SystemMicrosoft Windows Vista Ultimate SP1 64-bit
DriversIntel Chipset Device Software 9.1.1.1015
Intel Graphics Media Accelerator Driver 15.13.4.64.1829
IDT 92xx Audio Driver 6162.0 v1.53
Intel PRO Network Connections Driver 13.5
Hard DrivesOCZ Vertex 120GB (1.30 firmware)
Kingston SSDNow M 80GB
Kingston SSDNow V+ 64GB

Prior
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.

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