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Kingston SSDNow V Series 40GB SSD Desktop Upgrade Kit Review

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The Kingston SSDNow V-Series SSD does exactly what it set out to do. It offers great performance, an easy upgrade path, and comes in at a great price. While the upgrade might not be as easy as adding a new stick of memory to your system, most users will not have too much difficulty in achieving the proper results. Once I had the drive set up in my system, the difference over my hard disk drive was very noticeable. My operating system and applications loaded faster, and large photo editing was much smoother. The SSDNow drive's results stayed consistent across most of the benchmarks I ran, which put the performance way beyond that of the hard disk drives I compared it to. The larger write times were not quite as fast as the hard disk drives though, but they were also not too bad for a SSD that comes in just over the $100 mark. Along with the top notch performance, you will also be getting Kingston’s 24/7 tech support and a three year warranty. All of these will make this drive very appealing, and with the price coming in at $130 dollars, or under if you purchase with the promotional Newegg.com launch deal, make it a real steal. The only real con I could find was that the manual only comes as a PDF on the disk and not as a pamphlet. This would be fine except if you are a user that is new to the software - you might find it troublesome to not the have the directions right in front of you.

After spending some time with the Kingston SSDNow V-Series, I would highly recommend it to any user looking for the extra boost in performance that only a SSD can bring.



  • Easy upgrade path
  • Great performance over HDD
  • Price
  • Three year warranty
  • 24/7 Tech support



  • Manual comes as PDF on disk


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  1. Introduction & Closer Look
  2. Closer Look (Continued)
  3. Closer Look (Continued)
  4. Testing (Setup)
  5. Testing: HD Tune 2.55
  6. Testing: HD Tach, Sandra
  7. Testing: Crystal Disk Mark
  8. Testing: ATTO
  9. Testing: AS SSD
  10. Testing: PCMark Vantage
  11. Conclusion
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