Kingston SSD NOW V Series 128GB Reviewccokeman -
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The benefits of owning an SSD are often tempered by the cost of ownership and the low drive capacity, not to mention the initial bad press that they received from both the press and the user base. Stuttering and low drive performance once the drives had been used caused a lot of heartache for the owners of these expensive toys. Capacity is another of the concerns when it comes down to making that decision to purchase a new drive for your desktop or portable PC. As flash technology takes off, the capacities have been steadily increasing while costs are leveling off and showing a bit of a decline. This makes it easier to justify the cost for the additional performance you get from the use of SSDs. That's not to say that the decision is easy - just easier! Controllers have become better at managing the drives and the INDILINX controller equipped drives, coupled with 64MB of cache, seemed to drive the usability factor up a notch or two. This V Series drive from Kingston is equipped with a new drive controller that was put together by both Toshiba and Jmicron, the JMF618. This controller brings along Trim support for the ride, with the SSDNow drives boasting read speeds of 200MB/s with writes speeds at a respectable 160MB/s. Priced at $279, this drive presents a value for 128GB worth of space when you compare it to the pricing on other 128GB drives. Let's see how this new controller will compare to drives with different controllers, as well as see if the lower price is an indicator of performance and if the value really is there.
The Kingston SSDNow V series drive Desktop Upgrade kit comes in a slightly larger retail package than most of the drives we have looked at. This is in no small part due to the nature of what is included in the kit. The front panel shows the Kingston logo, as well as the rated capacity of the drive included in this kit.The rear panel lists the contents of the kit, as well as some of the attributes of using an SSD, such as faster boot times and program responsiveness.
The inner sleeve covering the hardware contains much the same information as the back of the outer packaging.
The hardware is held in a plastic tray and contains all of the parts needed to install this drive in a desktop computer. You get the drive, drive rails for mounting the drive, SATA power and data cables, and a disk that contains the installation guide and Acronis True Image to clone your current disk onto this Kingston V Series drive.
Let's look inside this drive before we put it through its paces.