The Kingston SSDNow V+100 is outwardly similar to all the other Kingston SSDs we've seen. The drive is already 9.5mm tall so no spacer is necessary.
The SSDNow V+100 uses Toshiba's T6UG1XBG controller, which supports TRIM as well as OS-independent garbage collection.
Next to the Toshiba controller (the square chip) is a DRAM cache. There are eight NAND modules here; The underside of the PCB is empty.
The following setup was used for benchmarking:
|Processor||Intel Core i3-2100|
|Graphics||Intel HD Graphics 2000|
|Power Supply||Cooler Master Silent Pro 1000W|
|Operating System||Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-bit|
Intel Chipset Drivers 188.8.131.520
Intel Rapid Storage Technology 10.5.0.1015
For comparison, we will be using two other SSDs: The Corsair X128 128GB, which uses the Indilinx Barefoot controller and the Intel SSD 320 120GB, which uses Intel's proprietary controller.