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Kingston launches second-gen SSDNow V+ solid-state drives

by Parm Mann on 25 January 2010, 13:02

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We've been impressed by Kingston's recent solid-state drive solutions, and with the company touting faster speeds and larger capacities with its second-gen offering, we're understandably intrigued.

Kingston's second-gen SSDNow V+ drives, launched today, range in capacities from 64GB up to a sizable 512GB and promise read and write speeds of 230MB/s and 180MB/s, respectively.

End users will be happy to hear that Kingston's latest feature Windows 7 TRIM support to help main performance through time, but there's bad news for existing customers - the company's previous-generation SSDNow V+ drives are now listed as discontinued and are highly unlikely to be granted TRIM functionality via firmware updates.

As for the new drives, we've yet to see any real-world performance figures, but Kingston's internal testing on the 512GB SSDNow V+ model returned a Windows 7 PCMark Vantage score of 28,264. That's almost nine times the score of a 7,200rpm hard disk.

But then, we know SSDs are where the performance is at. Question is, how much will Kingston's latest set you back? Well, you're looking at around £162 for the smallest 64GB model, and £1,196 for the largest 512GB solution.

As with its recent offerings, Kingston will continue to offer its SSDNow line as standalone drives or bundles. The latter, available at an additional premium, consists of cloning software, a 2.5in USB enclosure, 2.5in to 3.5in mounting brackets, SATA cables and the drive itself.

Kingston's complete second-gen SSDNow V+ series shapes up as follows:

Part Number Capacity and Features MSRP (excl. VAT)
SNVP325-S2/64GB 64GB 2.5in SATA SSD (drive only) £138.43
SNVP325-S2/128GB 128GB 2.5in SATA SSD (drive only) £264.93
SNVP325-S2/256GB 256GB 2.5in SATA SSD (drive only) £513.16
SNVP325-S2/512GB 512GB 2.5in SATA SSD (drive only) £1018.37
SNVP325-S2B/64GB 64GB 2.5in SATA SSD (bundle) £146.39
SNVP325-S2B/128GB 128GB 2.5in SATA SSD (bundle) £272.89
SNVP325-S2B/256GB 256GB 2.5in SATA SSD (bundle) £521.12
SNVP325-S2B/512GB 512GB 2.5in SATA SSD (bundle) £1026.32

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What controller?
What controller?

Toshiba, I believe.
No continued Trim support for the previous gen. Yeah, didn't see that coming *rolls eyes*.

There's a lot of threads out there where people have been asking Kingston whether updated firmware would be released (for Trim reasons), and not getting a straight answer.

Still, happy with my 40gb boot drive with Vista.
This review suggests a Toshiba controller.

I'm still trying to work out which of their benchmarks will give me any real idea of boot drive performance.
I'm looking at buying an SSD in about 3 weeks time, but right now nothing is stopping me from going with the Intel, almost by default rather than because I know its going to be best performance per £ for what I want.

That makes me a sad panda, hopefully we will see some good reviews of this soon (*HINT* hexus get one *HINT*)