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Kingston SSDNow 40GB V-series SSD review. Desktop and netbook performance

by Tarinder Sandhu on 30 October 2009, 19:49 3.85

Tags: Kingston 40GB SSDNow V Series, MSI Wind U100+ (Kingston 40GB SSD), Kingston

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System setup

Storage drive Kingston SSD Now V+ Kingston SSD Now V+ Crucial CT64M225 SSD Corsair X128 SSD Samsung HD103UJ HDD
Drive capacity 40GB 64GB 64GB 128GB 1,000GB
Approx. price at time of writing £75 £135 £180 £275 £55
Approx price per GB 1.875
CPU Intel Core 2 Duo E6700 (2.67GHz)
Motherboard Foxconn P45 Digital Life
BIOS revision P03
Memory 4GB Corsair DDR2-1,066
Host hard drive Seagate Barracuda 7200.11 500GB
Graphics Card Sapphire Radeon HD 4870 512MB
Mainboard software Intel
Graphics driver Catalyst 9.7
PSU Corsair HX1000
Operating System Windows 7 Ultimate, 64-bit


Desktop benchmarks CrystalDiskMark 2.2.0m
HD Tune 3.50 Pro
Disk torture - writing 25,868 (3.72GB) files back onto drive

Netbook benchmarks Windows 7 boot time
WEI hard-drive score
7zip internal benchmark
Microsoft Security Essentials scan
Battery-life with 480p clip looping

Setup notes

Our testing methodology for testing desktop hard drives can be found here.

Considering the price of the drive, we're including a bunch of extra tests conducted on a netbook.

We're installing Windows 7 Home Premium 32-bit on an MSI Wind U100+ netbook that uses an Intel Atom N280 CPU, 1GB RAM, and integrated graphics.

Comparing the performance of the Kingston SSD Now V 40GB against a Samsung 160GB mechanical 2.5in hard drive, model number HM161JJ, spinning at 7,200rpm, we're evaluating boot time, WEI hard-drive score, 7zip performance, virus-scan time, and battery life.