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Kingston SSDNow V Series 40GB Boot Drive

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Posted November 19, 2009 by Jake in Storage, HDs & SSDs

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The Kingston SSDNow V-Series 40GB Solid State Drive is a bit of a misnomer. It really shares no similarities with its V Series sibling, nor its V+ cousin either, both in terms of internal architecture and performance results. This drive should have a different name to distinguish it as an evolution for the better, considering it actually stems from the renowned Intel X-25M lineage. Moving to the Gen. 2 Intel controller has paid off, as the performance increases are substantial.

There are a couple caveats here, however, when looking at the performance results for the SSDNow V 40GB drive. While the read speeds are further down the performance charts in comparison to the Indilinx-based SSD, it is by no means a slouch; it utterly crushes a Velociraptor, to put things into perspective. As far as Sequential Write speeds go, this drive is not terribly impressive, so it would not be suitable as a backup drive for example. We’ve seen people point to the 40MB/s write speeds, but there is a very big asterisk beside that number that most users tend to overlook: it is sequential write, not random write. The random write speeds here for this little Kingston drive are excellent. Further, the random write speeds of small files are where this SSD is utterly untouched in performance; no Indilinx SSD can even come close. So panning this drive due to slower sequential write speeds is entirely missing the point; it is extremely fast in OS-type usage that it is designed for.

As we saw in our Boot Drive Test, the Kingston drive is an exceptionally fast little drive with random read and write operations that are most common when using a drive for an operating system and primary applications. This is reflected in the random tests, as this drive blows away the competition, and at a far cheaper price. This is where this little Kingston SSD rises to the challenge and establishes its place in the market; it is indeed just about the perfect boot drive, and it’s inexpensive as well. Not much to argue there. As a boot drive, nothing touches it, and certainly not the touted Indilinx SSDs which cost far more.

At only $110 USD after rebate, the Kingston SSDNow V-Series 40GB drive packs a punch and looks to bring SSD technology to the masses. And I can assure you, after using SSDs in a system, you will think a Velociraptor is painfully slow by comparison; the difference is that pronounced. With virtually every top-performing SSD on the market sitting painfully expensive, this Kingston drive is a very tempting purchase, and at that price you really can’t go wrong as long as you understand its specific limitations. That being said, the bottom line is the Kingston SSDNow V Series 40GB is the perfect boot drive to boost your system’s performance by leaps and bounds.

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Kingston SSDNow V-Series

Our thanks go to Kingston for providing the V-Series for this review.

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