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Kingston SSDNow V Series 40GB SSD Desktop Upgrade Kit Review

Price: $115


Solid State Drives (SSD) have been very popular with enthusiasts since their introduction into the market. They offer amazing load times over standard hard drives, consume less power, have a lower failure rate, and generate less heat. All of these have made the SSD seem to be a much better option than a standard hard disk drive. The set back is the price. A SSD could cost you hundreds of dollars over a standard hard disk drive, thus leaving the SSD in the enthusiast market and out of the hands of the average user. Kingston is looking to change that with the with the V-Series SSD line. The V-Series, or value series, is a low cost SSD option for the average user.

Today we are going to be looking at Kinston SSDNow V-Series 40GB Desktop Upgrade Kit. The SSDNow V-Series comes in two options, a 40GB stand-alone SSD and a 40GB Desktop Upgrade Kit. The SSDNow kit is designed to be an easy upgrade path for anyone looking to get more performance out of their current system, without breaking the bank. The SSDNow upgrade kit is not just a SSD that you throw into your system and install a fresh copy of Windows on, it actually works along with your current hard drive by cloning your existing operating system over to the SSD and keeping all of your documents, such as music, pictures, and movies on your existing hard drive. This means this drive should not be thought of as a storage device, but as a performance upgrade. Kingston includes all the software you will need in the kit to clone your copy of Windows over to the new SSD. This will give the user an instant shot of performance and comes in roughly at the same price as upgrading your memory. Add to this Kingston’s 24/7 Tech support, a three year warranty, and a promotional launch price of $84.99 after rebates at Newegg.com and Kingston might have a real winner on their hands.



Closer Look:

The Kingston SSDNow V series Upgrade kit comes packaged in a very sleek retail box. On the front of the packaging, you will see the Kingston logo and some basic information, such as the size of the drive and the series the drive is in. On the rear of the box, you will see some more information listed in multiple languages.








The package opens by sliding a portion of the box out and inside is a clam shell casing that houses the drive and the accessories. The accessories include a SATA cable, SATA power adapter, installation disk, 2.5 to 3.5 inch adapter, and the drive itself.



Now that we have the packaging open, let's take a closer look at the Kingston SSDNow Drive.

  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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