It is great to see a company like Kingston trying to make it easier for consumers to get their hands on some affordable SSD drives. Not many companies would do this, especially with the way the economy is right now. While these drives are slower than drives with the Barefoot SSD controller they are far less expensive and are still a very nice upgrade compared to a “regular” SATA drive.
Kingston decided to go with the JMicron controller, which is known to have some problems, but with their exclusive firmware and added cache they have fixed the lag problem and only sacrificed a little bit of performance. This way with the JMicron controller they can keep costs down and get SSD’s out to more people. As far as raw performance it performs as advertised, through our tests we got about 100MB/s – 115MB/s read and 80MB/s – 90MB/s write.
Another thing I really liked about this drive is the bundle that it comes with. This is the first SSD that I have seen that comes with 3.5-inch to 2.5-inch mounting brackets that make it easy to install the drive in any case. Also you get the cloning software as well.
Right now you can get the SSDNow V-Series 128GB desktop bundle for $239.99, which is around $100-$150 cheaper than the Barefoot controller-based SSD’s out there. This price for the capacity will definitely sway more in the direction of SSD’s. Overall ThinkComputers gives the Kingston SSDNow V-Series 128GB Solid State Drive a 10 out of 10 score!
– Performs as advertised
– Kingston has fixed the lag problem with the JMicron controller
– Included bundle
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