As we have stated earlier in the review this is an update to the already released V+ Series solid state drives form Kingston, a second-generation. So what really is new about these drives? Probably the most important thing that sticks out to most people is Windows 7 TRIM support. This improved the write performance of a solid state drives that use Windows 7. Also it seems like Kingston has done some work on the controller in the V+ Series. Write speeds are far superior to what they were on the original V+ Series. This is especially evident in HDTune’s Random Access test. The other difference is that the V+ series will now be available in a 512GB version!
These drives go on sale tomorrow and the current pricing looks like this: 64GB – $268, 128GB – $512, 256GB – $992 and 512GB – $1,969. These prices are of course MSRP and are for the drive only. Kingston is offering bundled versions of the V+ series drives that come with 3.5-inch to 2.5-inch drive brackets, and cables. Those bundle kits will sell for about $20 more than the normal drives.
When it comes down to it Kingston has made some great improvements to the original V+ series drive. It will be interesting to see how the pricing will change when the new SandForce based drives come out. Overall ThinkComputers give the Kingston SSDNow V+ 128GB Solid State Drive a 10 out of 10 score.
- Far better write improvement over the original V+ Series drives
- Windows 7 TRIM support
- Available in up to 512GB capacities
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