Kingston SSDNow M-Series
Solid State Drives are here to stay for the foreseeable future, and though they offer many advantages over mechanical hard drives, they do also still have a few drawbacks—primarily, the price tag being the most obvious. For large storage capacities, hard disk drives still make the most sense, both economically and functionally, as they offer excellent bang for your buck. However, even the fastest enthusiast hard drive, the Western Digital Velociraptor, cannot match the sheer performance numbers of a quality SSD. The price tag essentially makes it available only to those who crave the upper echelons of performance and have the deep pockets to achieve it.
The Kingston SSDNow M-series 80GB Solid State Drive is a re-branded Intel X25-M, so there isn’t much to discuss about innovation in terms of manufacturer’s originality of specifications and such. However, there’s no deny the stunning performance of this drive, as it posts eye-watering numbers that can leave you speechless. The read speeds are nothing short of spectacular, crushing even the fastest traditional hard drives in every test we could muster. The write speeds, however, aren’t quite as mind-boggling but they are still very good nonetheless.
Even more impressive is the jaw-dropping response time, which is almost instantaneous, many times faster than even the Velociraptor; you simply cannot get anywhere near those phenomenal SSD numbers with any hard disk drive on the market. And while RAID will boost the throughput on mechanical drives, it will not improve your access times.
Obviously, with only an 80GB capacity this Kingston SSD is rather limited as to what you can accomplish with it. Certainly you could use it as a boot drive with your operating system and a few major programs you regularly use such as MS Office and Call of Duty: World at War. But that’s a hefty price to pay for such a limited capacity. On the other hand, if you’re a person on the go, this could prove to be the perfect drive for laptops: low power consumption, low heat output, no vibrations or noise, good capacity, and exceptionally fast. Throw in a 24/7, 3-year warranty from Kingston and you have the perfect upgrade present for yourself.
Around here we say that Performance is King, and the Kingston SSDNow is royalty without a doubt. Showcasing otherworldly performance that is unparalleled, it does come with a hefty price tag to suit. But you do get a drive that offers not only exceptional performance, but is also lightweight and small, cool and silent, rugged and power-frugal. We have no doubt that improved controllers and new products coming to market will give the Kingston SSDNow a run for its money, but for those who crave the very best you cannot do any better than this; it is the king of the hill. For now.
Kingston SSDNow 80GB
Our thanks go to Kingston for providing the SSDNow for this review.