Kingston SSDNow V+ 200 - Speed and versatility

5/19/2012 3:29:21 PM

Kingston’s latest drive tries to offer both speed and versatility, but does it succeed?

Kingston SSDNow V+ 200 – 90GB


Solid speed and a broad range of accessories make this an exceptionally versatile option.

Description: Description: The SSDNow V Series is the latest addition to Kingston's Value family

The SSDNow V Series is the latest addition to Kingston's Value family

Kingston’s latest SSDNow drive aims to fully exploit the speed offered by SATA 6Gbps to give your PC a boost, but that’s not all you’ll find in the box.

There’s plenty of versatility from a broader range of accessories that we’re used to seeing packaged with solid-state storage. For starters, there’s a metal bracket used for adapting the 2.5” disk into the 3.5” hard disk bays that are common for most PCs – something that’s not always included.

There’s a SATA cable too, and a power lead that converts a Molex connector to the type of power connection used on the drive – vital if you’re upgrading a particularly old PC. Those who don’t want to upgrade a PC will also be heartened to see an external caddy and USB cable.

This versatility isn’t at the expense of performance. The Kingston’s large file write speed of 488.5MB/s is hardly slower than the superb speed offered by the half-size Sandisk Extreme drive also reviewed in this issue, and its large file write pace of 192.6MB/s isn’t far behind either. And in our small file read test the Kingston’s 40.6MB/s result is marginally quicker.

The third-party AS SSD test, though, indicated that the Kingston’s performance is more geared towards the mainstream than its Extreme rival. Its sequential file reading score of 213.2MB/s is around half the speed of the Sandisk, for instance.

That’s still excellent performance, though, and it’s been achieved with a major change to the specification. Older Kingston models made do with Toshiba controllers, but the firm hasn’t provided a SATA/600 controller that matches Kingston’s requirements – so it’s switched to the Sandforce SF-2281. It’s previously been used in drives as powerful as Kingston’s own enthusiast-level Hyperx, and it’s combined with 25nm NAND chips.

Description: Description: Description: Kingston SSDNow V+ 200 – 480GB

Kingston SSDNow V+ 200 – 480GB

This particular model of drive, at 240GB, is large enough to be used as a system drive if you’re not concerned about keeping your games or media collection on solid-state chips, and its $365 price is a step lower than you’ll pay for enthusiast-level drives.

A range of other capacities are also available. Kingston offers the drive at 60GB, 90GB, 120GB and 480GB, with prices ranging from $105 for the 60GB model – big enough for Windows and little else – to $725 for the mammoth 480GB drive.

One thing common between the drives, though, is the versatility on offer: all include the desktop mounting kits and the external caddies. They’re not things we see bundled with SSDs and mean that it’s available for use in a range of different scenarios immediately.

It’s that, along with the excellent performance, that appeals about the Kingston: it’s fast enough to cope with all but the most intensive of applications, and it’s got a range of accessories that puts practically every other drive to shame. That’s why we’re recommending Kingston’s latest.


Price: $365

Manufacturer: Kingston


Example configuration

240GB capacity (223GB formatted)

SATA/600 connection

2.5” form factor

Three-year RTB warranty


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