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Kingston SSDNow v200 128GB SSDReview

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The budget SSD market segment has grown with great celerity during the year of 2012, with multiple drives breaching the $1/GB threshold. The V series is Kingston's approach to capture the dollar-stretching consumer. Taking a quick peek at the V200 you will not see a SandForce, Marvell, or even an Indilinx flash controller. What you will discover is a Toshiba branded JMicron. The choice of manufacturer's to branch out and use more than the venerable SandForce controllers creates for an exciting environment. Now let us take the plunge and see how Kingston's V200 fares against the competition.  

Introduction

The Kingston SSDNow V200 is for people who live in the real world, and are in the market for an SSD because of the advantages over the mechanical hard drive platform. The target audience of the V series drive will appreciate Kingston's reliability, faster boot times, and simple upgrade kits for both the laptop and desktop.

 

With the SSDNow V200, Kingston has taken a strong stance on affordability to create great value for people on the fence of purchasing an SSD. Backed by Kingston's 3-year warranty and free technical support; the V200 will deliver one of the most value oriented SSD packages on the market.

 

Description

Revive your computer and stretch your system without stretching your budget. Kingston’s SSDNow V200 makes it easy. Designed for notebook and desktop hard drive replacements and upgrades, it maximizes your computer investment while boosting the performance of the system and its applications. It’s available in 64GB, 128GB and 256GB capacities and in kits that make switching to an SSD easy and affordable. Kits include cables, brackets, cloning software and HDD enclosure and installation video — everything you need to get started. More reliable and more durable than a traditional hard drive, it also runs silent and cool while making computers more responsive than ever.

 

Features and Specifications

  • Form factor: 2.5”
  • JMicron 668 Controller
  • MLC NAND (3K P/E Cycle)
  • Interface: SATA3 6Gbps / Backwards Compatible SATA2 3Gbps
  • Available in 64GB, 128GB, and 256GB Capacities
  • 64 and 128GB Dimensions 69.8 x 100.1 x 7mm
  • 256GB Dimensions 69.8 x 100.1 x 9.5mm
  • 64 and 128GB Weight: 88g
  • 256GB Weight: 105.2g
  • Operating Temp: 0°C ~ 70°C
  • Storage Temp: -40°C ~ 85°C
  • Power Consumption: 2.0W Idle/ 4.8W Write
  • Vibration Operating: 2.12G Peak (7-800 Hz)
  • Vibration Non-Operating: 20G Peak (10-2000 Hz)
  • Included 3.5" Desktop adapter bracket (Desktop Kit)
  • Compatible with Windows 7, Vista (SP2), and XP (SP3)
  • MTBF: 1 million hours
  • 3-Year Warranty, with free technical support

Sequential Read | Write

  •   64GB: 260 MB/s | 100 MB/s
  • 128GB: 300 MB/s | 190 MB/s
  • 256GB: 300 MB/s | 230 MB/s

Sustained Random 4K Read/Write

  •   64GB – up to 39K/ 3.3K IOPS
  • 128GB – up to 38K/5.5K IOPS
  • 256GB – up to 32K/ 4K IOPS

 Description, features, and specs courtesy Kingston Product Page.

 

An interesting note in the specifications is that Kingston's V200 makes use of a JMicron controller. This happens to be the first non-SandForce controller for us here at Tech Kings, although we're concurrently testing the Indillix-equipped Vertex 4. The Kingston V200 has serious competition ahead in our benchmark tests against drives with the tried and true SandForce controllers.  It may be a newcomer in controllers for us, however; we have high hopes for the budget-minded V200.

 

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