Kingston SSDNow 200V+ 120GB Review

ReviewHardware 2 years ago by
Pros Great performance
Excellent Price/ Performance ratio
Cons The drive only kit lacks bells & whistles
Presentation  7
Performance  9
Usability  9
Features  8
Value  9

Introduction

Not everyone looking for an SSD tends to dissect performance numbers with a microscope. There are niches where performance takes a second seat to the value factor. One example is the corporate sector which looks very carefully at the value perspective.

To satiate the thirst of speed for the men in suits Kingston has upped its game by revamping its value series (‘V’ series) of SSDs. Rather than using JMicron or Toshiba controllers (whose performance was not stellar), Kingston now uses the venerable SandForce (now LSI) SF-2281 controller. To keep costs down it pairs it to asynchronous flash memory as compared to synchronous or Toggle flash memory for its top of the line models.

The specs of the drive as listed by Kingston are as follows. We have also included the specs for a upper-middle level SF-2281 powered Kingston SSD.

Series V+ HyperX
Flash Async Intel 25nmSync; ONFi
Data Written (total; over life) 76.8TB 76.8TB
Seq. Read(MB/sec) 535 555
Seq. Write(MB/sec) 460 510
IOPS(‘000) 20-44 20-50

 

The difference lies in the type of flash memory used which in turn affects performance numbers and most importantly the price. From a single end-user perspective 40 dollars might not seem like much, but when a corporate has to upgrade several computers the number becomes significant very quickly.

Drive Tour

The V+ line comes in either an upgrade kit or a standalone package. We received the latter for review. As this is a drive only package it comes in a bare minimal of a plastic shell packing; ripping which reveals the drive.

The drive resembles (at least physically) the older ‘V’ model drives from the manufacturer. The label has a similar layout with the ‘V’ being changed to ‘V+’ for the upgraded drive.

Testing

If you are new to SSDs please go over our primer here and while you are it, also read this review. This will give you some idea of what to expect from SSD performance, its weaknesses (they might not be mechanically fragile, but electrically they are).

Processor Intel 2nd Gen Core i5-2500K
Motherboard ASRock Z77 Extreme6
Memory G.Skill Ripjaws-Z 2133MHz (4GB x2 )
Drives Kingston SSDNow 200V+ SSD 120GB
OS Windows 7 SP1
Testing Software HD Tune

 

We’ll present the results of the SSDNOW drive as tested using HD-Tune (unfortunately we don’t have another async SSD on hand to test this drive against). Version 5.00 of the software tests various aspects of the drive including sequential and random testing.

Drive Specifications

 

HD Tune Benchmarks

 

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1. File Benchmark

 

The drive has an admiral able 470 MB/Sec Read and 485 MB/Sec write performance.

2. DRIVE BENCHMARKS

Read tests over the entire drive shows an average speed of 370 MB/Sec, while average write speed is 340 MB/Sec

3. RANDOM ACCESS BENCHMARKS

Random read & write performance is again impressive at 475 MB/sec and 365 MB/sec respectively.

Conclusion

Despite its lower rated NAND the drive’s performance is not that far off from the more expensive units utilizing sync flash memory. This drive will not disappoint in a business or a small office/ home office machine and might even be suitable for (casual) home users looking for a rather quick drive and don’t want to spend an extra 20 or 30 dollars.

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The V+ series powered by a LSI SF-2281 controller offers great performance for not that much. This is the drive to get if you are on a budget and don't want to spend a small fortune on an SSD.

Bitten by the technology bug before most people even knew what computers were, I have never recovered from chronic obsession with computing technology since that fateful day way back in 1983

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