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Kingston Reveals SSDNow V100 for Mainstream

By - Source: Tom's Hardware US | B 13 comments

After the launch of its corporate-based SSDNow V+, Kingston has launched a consumer-based version.

After revealing its next generation SSDNow V+ SSDs for corporate client system use last week (PR), Kingston Digital followed up with an announcement on Monday that it shipped the 2.5-inch SSDNow V100 SSDs designed for mainstream consumers. Kingston said that the new SSDs offer the best performance enhancer and most cost-effective upgrade path for desktops and notebooks without having to replace the entire rig.

"We are determined to stimulate the consumer upgrade market through Kingston's various upgrade bundle kits that provide cloning software and all of the accessories needed to advance one's desktop or notebook PC from a hard-disk drive to an SSD," said Ariel Perez, SSD business manager, Kingston. "Our new SSDNow V100 drives do just that as they represent the best value for an affordable upgrade solution with a low price vs. performance ratio."

The V100 will arrive in three capacities--64 GB, 128 GB and 256 GB. They'll also arrive as a stand-alone unit and as an upgrade bundle kit for desktops and laptops. The desktop version contains the SSD, cloning software, cables (SATA data and power), and 3.5-inch hard-drive mounting brackets and hardware. The notebook bundle includes the SSD, cloning software and a 2.5-inch external enclosure allowing the replaced hard drive to be used as extra storage.

As for hardware specs, the new SSDs feature Windows 7 TRIM and S.M.A.R.T. support and provides read speeds up to 250 MB/s, write speeds up to 230 MB/s for the 128 GB and 256 GB models, and up to 145 MB/s write speeds for the 64 GB model.

Prices for the stand-alone drives range from $119.99 to $489.99 whereas the prices for the bundled drives for desktops and laptops range from $129.99 to $499.99.

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    eaw2539 , November 9, 2010 7:24 PM
    Those prices look pretty decent. I'll have to jump into the world of ssd's soon.
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    Superwack , November 9, 2010 7:26 PM
    Prices are getting better :) 
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    abswindows7 , November 9, 2010 7:27 PM
    I emphase on the word Getting .

    We're not there already xD
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    g00fysmiley , November 9, 2010 7:34 PM
    120 for a 64gig dootdrive with those speeds is pretty damn impressive. this might make me jump on board and use this as an OS drive
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    rohitbaran , November 9, 2010 7:40 PM
    $489 for 256 GB Decent? No way. Nothing like $1/GB.
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    drwho1 , November 9, 2010 8:47 PM
    until SSD's can reach 500GB at a reasonable $100 tag, I just won't care for SSD's.

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    killerclick , November 9, 2010 8:58 PM
    SSDs were sexy until the riff raff could afford them.
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    burnley14 , November 9, 2010 9:22 PM
    I like the bundled cloning software. Nice for those times when you forgot where you put those pesky installation CDs.
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    dEAne , November 10, 2010 12:18 AM
    Lots of things are getting bigger I guess I could wait for the price to drop.
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    ruffopurititiwang , November 10, 2010 5:15 AM
    It will take a long time before SSDs catch up with the $/GB of a hard drive. That may not even happen at all. Hard drives did not catch up to the $/GB of tape. That doesn't mean tape drives are a better buy just because $/GB is cheaper. Tape just took on a different function: as a backup media.

    I believe HDDs are well suited for media STORAGE and SSDs are best viewed as a PERFORMANCE upgrade. If you're buying an SSD for media storage at today's price, you're doing it wrong. I mean, do you need 250MB/s transfer speed for your pr0n? Buy an SSD for your OS and programs and be amazed by how responsive your computer will become.

    Bottom line: It's a performance upgrade; not a storage device.
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    bildo123 , November 10, 2010 2:04 PM
    eaw2539Those prices look pretty decent. I'll have to jump into the world of ssd's soon.


    I agree, I have a feeling this time next year will finally be time to buy. Plus I'm sure new firmware/logic board upgrades will happen between now and then making it an even better deal.
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    dark_lord69 , November 10, 2010 6:09 PM
    drwho1until SSD's can reach 500GB at a reasonable $100 tag, I just won't care for SSD's.

    You must have no idea how fast they are and how quickly they can allow your PC to respond/load. They are worth more simply for the added speed they offer. These things fix the biggest bottle neck in computers. Personally I can't wait to get one and see my OS to load in 2 seconds and to load a game like starcraft 2 onto it. No more slow loading, just instant gaming! I would be happy to get a 64GB for $80. When that happens I will buy one of these speedy drives!
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    mouettus , November 12, 2010 9:18 PM
    Is 64gb really enough for an OS drive+software+pagefile and all?