Kingston SSDNow V+ 64GB
The Kingston SSDNow V+ 64GB Solid State Drive is a bit of a misnomer. It really shares no similarities to its V-Series predecessor, both in terms of internal architecture and performance results. This drive should have have a different name to distinguish it as an evolution for the better. Dropping the JMicron controller in favour of Samsung controller and bigger cache has paid off, as the performance increases are substantial.
However, there are a couple of flies in the ointment here that must be noted. Pointing out that the V+ trounces the V-Series is like announcing that your Porsche beat a Hyundai on the drag strip; it’s really not much worth bragging about. The fact is that the V+ is a big jump up, but it still cannot match the top performance of the Indilinx-controller SSDs on the market. We are well aware that 128GB SSDs perform better than 64GB varieties, and we suspect that the larger capacity drive would put up even better results, and would certainly make the case very compelling for a Kingston V+ consumer purchase. And this would not be a problem whatsoever if the price of the V+ was a fair bit cheaper than the Indilinx drives. Unfortunately, as it stands, the SSDNow V+ is priced about on par with a couple of the "value-oriented" Indilinx drives which can post similar or better results and also come with a performance restoration utility to counter the inherent degradation that occurs in Solid State Drives. This puts the Kingston V+ in for a very tough fight.
The performance increases with the SSDNow V+ are impressive, and we do highly recommend it over the original V-Series, as there isn’t much of a price premium but there is a considerable boost in performance. That is a great combination for value-oriented mainstream users looking to upgrade. In terms of performance, quality, and warranty, the Kingston V+ is certainly a great product, but the sticker price needs to be lower to make it truly enticing. We’re left feeling a tad jilted after today’s tests: Kingston has whet our performance appetite but left us sulking because of the price. They’ve done an excellent job with the SSDNow V+, but a more aggressive pricing scheme would make it a real powerhouse in the mainstream segment.
Kingston SSDNow V+
Our thanks go to Kingston for providing the V+ for this review.