Kingston SSDNow V200 128GB Reviewairman - August 16, 2012
Category: Storage / Hard Drives
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This year, we have seen SSD prices absolutely plummet down below the $1 per GB level — some units can be obtained for as little as $0.70 per GB. With this price drop, the market has opened up for SSDs and many people including myself have purchased our first SSD and have fallen in love. However, there are many manufacturers to choose from and deciding what the right SSD for you is might be challenging. Hopefully this article will cover everything and report everything that makes an SSD different from another. Fortunately, with the latest controllers and types of memory, most of these solid state drives have become very comparable and typically vary in price simply with respect to its capacity.
Kingston has been in the memory business and has served us well for years. Its SSDs may not be as outright popular as OCZ or Corsair drives, but we can expect similar performance across the board since a lot of SSDs today share components. Today I will be looking at Kingston's SSDNow V200 128GB SSD. This SSD is marketed more towards consumers with the goal being reliability and overall great performance. These 128GB drives are rated at 300MB/s sequential read and 190MB/s sequential write on a SATA III interface and are based around asynchronous flash on a JMicron controller.
In this review I will provide an up close and in-depth look at the Kingston SSDNow V200 128GB SSD with results from a thorough benchmarking session where it will be compared to other drives currently on the market. Many tests will deal with raw transfer speed, but others will include latency, CPU utilization, IOPS, and more that may be the deciding factor on SSDs that are very similar in price and capacity. It's been a while since we've taken a look at a Kingston SSD (two years or so), so I'm interested to see how this one does. Without further ado, let's get started!
The packaging of the Kingston SSDNow V200 128GB SSD is a minimal plastic shell that must be cut open to access the drive inside. The clear plastic shows the drive itself locked inside with an insert that provides the graphics/text important for its identification. Included accessories are, well, just paper manuals. There is nothing else inside this version of the packaging. Quick start instructions are included in the user's manual and provide simple instructions for the installation of the drive.
The physical drive appears to have a metallic shell with a dark finish. There is a red sticker on the top of the drive that identifies it as a 128GB Kingston SSDNow V200. The lower part of the sticker contains serial and model numbers, barcodes, and recycling care and regulatory information. There are threaded screw holes on the side of the drive as well as the bottom of the drive, which allows the user to fasten it down as they choose. The rear power and data ports take up most of the width of the drive when paired with the 4-pin plug to the right of these ports.
I don't have pictures of the internals; I could not find the right security bit! From my research, the SSD appears to use Toshiba MLC NAND flash chips, which are 25nm. There are eight asynchronous chips on one side of the PCB each with a 16GB density — adding up to a 128GB drive. On one side is the driving force behind the drive's operation, and that is a JMicron (JMF66x) controller. So far this drive has met my expectations and I look forward to seeing it in action here shortly. With reliability in mind, we may not see super high performance compared to other performance-geared designs. I'm curious to see how the asynchronous chips will affect this drive's performance.