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Kingston Coming With 30 GB 'Boot' SSD for $80

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Boot faster!

Massive (or at least decently sized) SSDs are still priced too far into the stratosphere to be practical replacements for traditional magnetic storage-based hard disk drives – but the performance advantages of SSDs are just far to compelling to ignore.

SSD makers are now hoping to attack that angle by offering more affordably priced solutions that can sit in a happy middle ground, but proposing small SSDs that are large enough to function as boot drives that hold the operating system and system files.

Kingston will ship next month the SSDNow V Series 30GB Boot Drive which will be promotionally priced at $79.99 after rebates (U.S. only). Performance is rated up to 180MB/sec. read, 50MB/sec. write. The SSD will offer Windows 7 TRIM support, which helps the SSD maintain high performance through the life of the drive.

"In our quest to bring SSDs into mainstream use, we're aiming to deliver a lower price point while boosting performance. The new SSDNow V Series 30GB Boot Drive accomplishes those goals," said Ariel Perez, SSD business manager, Kingston. "Desktop users can extend the life cycle of their systems with this drive and IT managers in the enterprise space like it as there is less data for them to backup to the network. In addition, we will also release a 30GB SSD twin-pack for prosumers and enthusiasts who want to take performance to the next level."

Last week, Intel's 40GB X25-V drive for $130 finally arrived at retail, giving those who need a fast boot drive a solution available today.

Even though capacity may be limited, RunCore demonstrated at CES that even the most modest of computers can be given new life and become usable again with an SSD upgrade.

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    ubertiger , January 14, 2010 9:41 PM
    Get rid of the freakin' ads on here that make noise with no mute button!
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    sublifer , January 14, 2010 8:54 PM
    Thats closer.... Gimme that at $60 and I'll start using them regularly.

    http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/forum-9-35.html
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    Zenthar , January 14, 2010 8:54 PM
    Given how big Windows is getting (mostly because of the WinSxS folder), 30GB isn't enough IMO. Windows 7 will release SP1 and SP2 and the first thing you will notice is that it will be full and the only way you will have to fix it is to reinstall the whole thing with a slipstreamed DVD.
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    dark_lord69 , January 14, 2010 8:56 PM
    2 of these in RAID 0 sounds good to me!
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    AMW1011 , January 14, 2010 9:02 PM
    Nice Kingston, that isn't an absolutely horrible price. 50mb/s is a lot better than Intel's budget SSD at 35mb/s at write speed.
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    Shadow703793 , January 14, 2010 9:06 PM
    ZentharGiven how big Windows is getting (mostly because of the WinSxS folder), 30GB isn't enough IMO. Windows 7 will release SP1 and SP2 and the first thing you will notice is that it will be full and the only way you will have to fix it is to reinstall the whole thing with a slipstreamed DVD.

    +1. Exactly what I'm thinking. For just the OS, few games,etc you need at least 80GB.

    However, if you do RAID 0 them, you can get it for a pretty decent price ($160) which isn't too bad.

    HOWEVER, BEWARE that the Kingston V series doesn't use the Intel controller like the E Series, so your read/writes are going to suffer quite a bit
    See: http://benchmarkreviews.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=328&Itemid=60&limit=1&limitstart=7
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    Shadow703793 , January 14, 2010 9:10 PM
    AMW1011Nice Kingston, that isn't an absolutely horrible price. 50mb/s is a lot better than Intel's budget SSD at 35mb/s at write speed.

    Only in the 4KB write. In pretty much everything else, the Intel PWNS.
    http://www.legitreviews.com/article/1022/9/

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    Zenthar , January 14, 2010 9:14 PM
    Shadow703793For just the OS, few games,etc you need at least 80GB.
    For just the OS and a few basic "productivity" apps, 40GB is enough; I'm still using my old 36GB Raptor as my OS drive.
    Shadow703793HOWEVER, BEWARE that the Kingston V series doesn't use the Intel controller like the E Series, so your read/writes are going to suffer quite a bit.
    Actually, I know the 40GB Kingston V is based on the Intel X25-M, but was "chocked" in some way, maybe this is also the case. Also note that the Kingston V does not support TRIM where even the new Intel X25-V 40GB does. However, if you are to RAID the drives, it should be of no consequence.
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    Zenthar , January 14, 2010 9:17 PM
    Shadow703793Only in the 4KB write. In pretty much everything else, the Intel PWNS.
    AMW1011 was probably referring to the new Intel X25-V 40GB (or Kingston V 40GB) which is some crippled X25-M for budget users.
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    Anonymous , January 14, 2010 9:28 PM
    As the article notes, this drive does support TRIM.
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    ubertiger , January 14, 2010 9:41 PM
    Get rid of the freakin' ads on here that make noise with no mute button!
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    stridervm , January 14, 2010 10:03 PM
    If you know how to strip down your Windows installation by using vLite and other such programs, even an Installation of Windows 7 can be as low as 2GBs.

    But yeah, for people lacking something as "technical" as that, it needs a little more space.... As a normal Windows 7 Ultimate installation would take as much as 15GB.
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    haze4peace , January 14, 2010 10:13 PM
    My OS drive with Windows 7 Ultimate install is 16.1GB. I think a 30GB SSD would be sufficient for win7. In fact my partition for my OS is 30GB and running smoothly. A lot of People don't understand what "boot" drive means. ONLY Windows goes on it. No games! No apps! Windows only!
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    knowom , January 14, 2010 10:59 PM
    It's too bad gigabyte wouldn't make a NAS or USB3.0 based I-Ram.
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    razor512 , January 15, 2010 12:02 AM
    30GB supports some windows 7 features, too bad after installing windows 7, theres no space left to install other apps that will benefit from a SSD

    also 50MB/s is too slow for a write speed, while it can read at 180MB/s, applications rarely ever just read, most apps do both reading and writing.

    it is better to have a 1TB drive that can read and write at 110MB/s while still costing $70, than to go for a SSD with a faster read speed but slower write speed

    PS one problem that SSD's still have is multitasking.

    if you have a SSD, try this, copy a large file from the SSD to another drive, while at the same time, copy a file from another hard drive, to the SSD, you will understand the performance drop I am talking about. normal HDD's don't have as large of a performance drop.

    a lower cost $150 ssd will generally get like a 80% performance drop in both reading and writing

    another test you can do is pull out limit windows to 1GB of memory (generally done through msconfig)

    then launch a demanding game like crysis or even mass effect or any other games like this
    due to the lack of memory, the system will rely heavily on virtual memory
    you will see that a cheap SSD will cause much more lag in the game than a normal HDD, cheaper SSD's are good at just reading but suck at writing and also suck at multitasking so they actually perform slower than a cheaper HDD that will offer more storage.
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    Shadow703793 , January 15, 2010 12:40 AM
    stridervmIf you know how to strip down your Windows installation by using vLite and other such programs, even an Installation of Windows 7 can be as low as 2GBs.But yeah, for people lacking something as "technical" as that, it needs a little more space.... As a normal Windows 7 Ultimate installation would take as much as 15GB.

    My Win 7 x64 installation is ~1.35GB, however, I use CAD, CFD, vid editing,CS4, and games like Crysis, CoD 4,etc installed, 40GB becomes quite small.
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    Shadow703793 , January 15, 2010 1:17 AM
    ZentharAMW1011 was probably referring to the new Intel X25-V 40GB (or Kingston V 40GB) which is some crippled X25-M for budget users.

    Yeah, that makes more sense.
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    notty22 , January 15, 2010 1:48 AM
    Razor, your mistaken. You can set your os up on a ssd, these drives and experience incredible speed differences. There is almost NO writing being done to my C drive right now. This luxury cost me 100 dollars. Almost instant windows booting and shutting down. I run my browsers on C. I've had 24.5g of 40g- free for 2 months, using tips/configs/settings found on ocz forums and others. Having Windows on a ssd, speeds the whole system up because there is reading of system dlls,registry settings all the time. This is where ssd's are hundreds of times faster-random small reads. Where the drive is slow is sequential writes. But that is never being done the way I or you can set up a single ssd/os drive. If you decide to feed files to a platter drive a ssd can send as fast as anything can take it, including multi transfers.

    HD Tune Pro: KINGSTON SSDNow 40GB Random Access

    Test capacity: full

    Read test

    Transfer size operations / sec avg. access time avg. speed
    512bytes17898 IOPS 0.06 ms 8.739 MB/s
    4 KB 10202 IOPS 0.10 ms 39.854 MB/s
    64 KB 2644 IOPS 0.38 ms 165.259 MB/s
    1 MB 185 IOPS 5.4 ms 185.850 MB/s
    Random 352 IOPS 2.8 ms 179.060 MB/s

    1tb caviar black is where I install programs/user libraries/temp directories
    HD Tune Pro: WDC WD1001FALS-00J7B1 Random Access

    Test capacity: full

    Read test

    Transfer size operations / sec avg. access time avg. speed
    512bytes83 IOPS 12 ms 0.041 MB/s
    4 KB 83 IOPS 12 ms 0.325 MB/s
    64 KB 77 IOPS 12 ms 4.849 MB/s
    1 MB 41 IOPS 24 ms 41.348 MB/s
    Random 54 IOPS 18 ms 27.857 MB/s
    Windows updates are basically the only writes to my C drive.
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    buzznut , January 15, 2010 1:49 AM
    Whatever. That's what they said last time about the 40Gb SSD now drive and it obviously was never below $100, and I haven't seen any rebates when they are in stock. And that isn't very often.

    They finally got around to enabling trim, but I still doubt Kingston can hit anywhere near $80 with availability. What they should be working on is enabling trim for all those folks that have bought the 40GB drives, or any other drives they sell for that matter.


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    notty22 , January 15, 2010 2:04 AM
    I agree with buzznut, they didn't really keep their promise of
    85.00 dollars after rebate with install kit !
    It was available on nov 11 for 5 hours at that price, "shell shocker"
    without kit/cable.
    I agree with giving us trim for that drive , before or while making this new 30 gig. I wonder if it might be the same drive, but using 10g dead space for better performance. This is said to do that. It might be why Intels 40 m drive is down to 35mb write speeds with trim, and the Kingston 40g without trim is rated for 40.
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    buzznut , January 15, 2010 2:08 AM
    Also, I can't believe we are still having this same conversation again. Those people that are worried about sequential write speeds need to head over to Anandtech and educate themselves about SSD's.

    Please show me a review of intel drives in comparison to any other SSD's where the Intel drives didn't perform the best despite the sequential writes. Intel obviously is not worried about sequential writes.

    You can hang onto your mechanical drives all you want, I'm keeping all of mine in fact, but for a boot drive (which this article is about) the platter drives cannot compete. Cannot. Compete. Now go get your learn on.
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