Kingston SSDNow V+200 120GB
We’ve seen SandForce-based solid state drives become very popular over the last couple of years, prices have continued to drop and consumers are taking notice of the impressive overall system boost that SSDs can offer. Today we will be taking a close look at a cost effective drive offering from Kingston, the SSDNow V+200 120GB SATA III drive. The primary reason for the lower cost is Kingston’s choice of asynchronous (Async) NAND flash memory.
This drive is similar in configuration to the OCZ Agility, Corsair Series 3, ADATA S510 and Kingston Electra in that it uses async NAND. We have the performance upgrade kit which includes a USB 2.0 drive enclosure, cloning software, adapter plates to fit into a 3.5” bay, a USB cable,a SATA cable and a Molex-to-SATA power adapter. Quite a kit.
Async SSDs can provide as much as $100 in savings verses a SSD that uses synchronous (Sync) NAND of the same capacity. The trade-off for value is performance, Sync SSDs do provide faster transfer rates as well as reads with incompressible data. Does this matter? Yes and No, as we will see in the following review.
Founded in 1987 with a single product offering, Kingston Technology now offers more than 2,000 memory products that support nearly every device that uses memory, from computers, servers and printers to MP3 players, digital cameras and cell phones. In 2007, the company’s sales exceeded $4.5 billion. With global headquarters in Fountain Valley, California, Kingston employs more than 4,500 people worldwide. Regarded as one of the “Best Companies to Work for in America” by Fortune magazine, Kingston’s tenets of respect, loyalty, flexibility and integrity create an exemplary corporate culture. Kingston believes that investing in its people is essential, and each employee is a vital part of Kingston’s success.