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Kingston Readies Next-Gen SSDNow V Series SSDs

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Kingston is promising high-performance for a low cost with the new SSDNow V Series of SSDs.

California-based Kingston Digital said on Wednesday that its SSDNow V Series of solid-state drives are now available. The launch starts with the SSDNow V300, a high-performance, cost-efficient upgrade solution for those wanting to move away from the typical mechanical hard drive setup.

According to Kingston, this drive features an LSI SandForce Flash Storage Processor (FSP) solution customized for Kingston and optimized for 19-nm NAND Flash memory. Sequential read and write speeds are up to 450 MB/s on a SATA 3 connection, whereas random 4K write speeds are up to 60,000 IOPS and random 4K read speeds are up to 85,000 IOPS, depending on the capacity.

"LSI worked together with Kingston to deliver a customized high-performing solid-state drive solution for their cost-effective SSDNow V Series," said Kent Smith, senior director of product marketing, Flash Components Division, LSI. "Our award-winning SF-2281 Client FSPs provide Kingston's customers with enterprise-class features and an enhanced everyday computing user experience, especially for first time SSD users."

The 2.5-inch SSD arrives in three capacities – 60 GB, 120 GB and 240 GB – and has a PCMark Vantage HDD Suite Score of 39,000, 49,000 and 57,000 respectively. On a power consumption level, the drives consume 0.640W (MAX) at idle, 1.423W (MAX) while reading, and 2.052W (MAX) while writing.

"Kingston is committed to delivering SSDs at the best price to performance ratio as possible. We achieve this again with our next-generation SSDNow V300," said Ariel Perez, SSD business manager, Kingston. "The SSDNow V300 is the best cost-efficient upgrade for users who want their existing systems to perform faster. They will experience faster boot up and shutdown times, and will also see much better system performance when multiple applications are open."

The SSDNow V300 is available as a stand-alone drive or as an upgrade kit containing cloning software and other accessories for a desktop and/or notebook system. To purchase the SSD directly from Kingston, head here. Otherwise, the new series can be found at Amazon, Best Buy, Staples, Newegg, TigerDirect, and Fry's Electronics.

 

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    agnickolov , November 15, 2012 6:14 PM
    V100 was good in that it wasn't based on SandForce, that's why I got one (96GB capacity) for my HTPC. I haven't heard good news about V200, however. This V300 seems to follow in the same vein...
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    halcyon , November 15, 2012 6:26 PM
    I've got 2 x 512GB Vertex 4's coming in the mail for a RAID0 in my Asus G75. Might not be the best but looks better than this.
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    helltag , November 15, 2012 11:57 PM
    I have a Kingston v100, Crucial M4 and a Kingston HyperX
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    helltag , November 16, 2012 12:01 AM
    Crucial and Kingston are amazing reliability, Not sure what lostmyclan is thinking but Kingston are better than OCZ in reliability and the HyperX series tops most OCZ products in performance.

    Google did a nice test on DOA and return rates and the "leader" by a long shot was OCZ SSDs. It's why I avoid them, Crucial topped with Intel as the lowest.
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    Sakkura , November 16, 2012 12:50 AM
    Bleh. Samsung 840 is taking over as my go-to bang-for-the-buck SSD recommendation since the price is dropping below that of the 830. I don't see Kingston offering these mehtastic SSDs all that much cheaper.
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    JeTJL , November 16, 2012 1:12 AM
    Nah, My SSD V100 was so unreliable, it died within 3 months, got a replacement SSD though from them rather quickly, but having one drive die on you is enough to make anyone reel.

    Though I recently got a 256gb SP900 Adata SSD on sale and thoroughly enjoying it.
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    shqtth , November 16, 2012 3:17 AM
    v200 was fine after firmware update.
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    leandrodafontoura , November 16, 2012 1:06 PM
    Where are the 1TB SSDs?
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    siuol11 , November 16, 2012 9:34 PM
    After owning several different Sandforce based drives I have this to say:
    DON'T buy one.
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    ToastyMozart , November 17, 2012 10:49 PM
    leandrodafontouraWhere are the 1TB SSDs?

    Retailing for about $2200
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    blazorthon , November 19, 2012 1:59 PM
    ToastyMozartRetailing for about $2200


    There are a few around $1 per GB. For example, OCZ's 960GB RevoDrive X2 can be found for $1000 and their even faster RevoDrive 3 X2 960GB can be found for about $1150.
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    soundping , November 25, 2012 5:42 PM
    JeTJLNah, My SSD V100 was so unreliable, it died within 3 months, got a replacement SSD though from them rather quickly, but having one drive die on you is enough to make anyone reel. Though I recently got a 256gb SP900 Adata SSD on sale and thoroughly enjoying it.

    My SP900 256gb Adata SSD is great!
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    mikmik , February 28, 2013 4:43 PM
    I get 550 read and 520 write on atto on my SVP200 120GB. Read is above 500mBs at 32kB and up, and at 128, the write breaks 500mBs. I sure have no problems with that - it is above spec(I think)

    I wonder if I can run raid0 with the SVP200 and a new SV300. Sent a request to tech at Kingston.
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    blazorthon , February 28, 2013 10:12 PM
    mikmikI get 550 read and 520 write on atto on my SVP200 120GB. Read is above 500mBs at 32kB and up, and at 128, the write breaks 500mBs. I sure have no problems with that - it is above spec(I think)I wonder if I can run raid0 with the SVP200 and a new SV300. Sent a request to tech at Kingston.


    Of course you can ;)  You can RAID just about any storage that you want to (although some types need specific methods). It'd only run at best double the speed of the slowest drive, but that can still be a lot of performance considering how fast the slower drive already is. However, unless you're doing some extremely storage-intensive work, I don't think that you'll manage to make much more use out of it than you would a single SATA 3Gb/s SSD anyway.
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    blazorthon , February 28, 2013 10:14 PM
    helltagCrucial and Kingston are amazing reliability, Not sure what lostmyclan is thinking but Kingston are better than OCZ in reliability and the HyperX series tops most OCZ products in performance. Google did a nice test on DOA and return rates and the "leader" by a long shot was OCZ SSDs. It's why I avoid them, Crucial topped with Intel as the lowest.


    OCZ is back near the top in reliability and performance with their current SSDs, the Vertex 4 and especially their Vector series.

    Also, at least for SSDs, Kingston was having a lot of trouble indirectly for a while. All of the SandForce SSDS were up until around when Intel jumped in and the firmware started getting good all-around for SandForce.