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Kingston SSDNow V Series 30GB Boot Drive

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Posted April 14, 2010 by Jake in Storage
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Introduction

We’ve seen some very fast SSDs over the last while, but they remain very expensive, generally too expensive for most users. High prices are always a stumbling block to new tech adoption, and SSDs are no different. However, there may be relief on the horizon, as Kingston has released a $90 SSD that looks to be fast, in the hopes that it will finally bring solid state drives into the mainstream. So what’s the catch? Well, this SSDNow V-Series drive has only a 30GB capacity, so it’s targeted as a boot drive for the masses.

The other issue here is that this little drive is a bit handcuffed in terms of sequential speeds, coming in at a respectable 180MB/s Read but only 50MB/s Write. Now, before you dismiss this Kingston SSD as unworthy, it must be mentioned that number is misleading for various reasons, and we’ve set out to find out and explain why. And after reading this review, we think you may think very differently. A fast SSD that supports TRIM out of the box, and for less than a hundred bucks, shouldn’t be quickly dismissed.

Let’s take a closer look and see what capabilities and limitations face this little Kingston SSD.

Thanks go to Kingston Technology for supplying the review sample.

Founded in 1987 with a single product offering, Kingston? Technology now offers more than 2,000 storage products that support nearly every device that uses storage, 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.

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