Kingston SSDNow V100 64 GB
Kingston Technology Company, founded in 1987, is the world’s independent memory leader with more than 2,000 memory products in every field.
Kingston was one of the first companies to launch Solid State Drives (SSD). SSDs have really revolutionized the storage industry. The difference between running a system with and without a decent SSD really is night and day. Boot times are cut in half in comparison to conventional drives, game loads are palpably quicker and opening multiple applications simultaneously is super-fast.
Picking up an SSD is a lot more complicated than picking up a simple mechanical drive. Performance degradation, wear leveling, sequential read/write speed, random read/write speed, firmware updates, what operating system you're using and - most crucially - TRIM support are all factors you need to consider when buying an SSD. This makes SSDs far from a universally accessible upgrade at the moment.
A TRIM command allows an operating system to inform a solid-state drive which blocks of data are no longer considered in use and can be wiped internally. This helps in keeping the degradation level to minimum possible value.
Kingston used to sell a rebranded X25-V however in an interest to drive prices down even further Kingston switched to cheaper and faster controllers from Jmicron and Toshiba. These controllers are not only cheaper but they are faster too. They have also enabled TRIM in Kingston Drives. TRIM is one of the most important features you should be looking for when buying an SSD.
Today, we’ll be having an in depth look at their all new SSD – SSDNow V100 64GB (SV100S2/64G). This is a successor to older SSDNow V Drives. It’s really fast as compared to older drives.
Packaging and the Drive:
This particular Solid State Drive comes in a plastic clamshell. This is to reduce the end cost. Actually, Kingston is offering three type of packages; Desktop Bundle, Laptop Bundle and Drive Only (still it comes with a user manual). Difference among them is only the accessories and price, obviously, rises from ‘Drive only’ to ‘Desktop and Laptop bundle’. The one we got is ‘Drive only’.
The front side of packaging shows the capacity of SSD, model number and other features. There is a little logo on left bottom which states about the 3 year warranty with 24/7 tech support.
Moving to back side, you’ll notice salient features on Kingston SSD written in a number of different languages.
All you get in this package is
• An SSD
• A user manual
Like most of the SSDs out there, the Kingston SSDNow V100 conforms to the dimensions set forth by the 2.5" form factor. Front clearly identifies the SSD, the sticker contains some serial numbers and other handy information about the SSD. There are four allen screws which are holding the metallic case together.
Back side of SSD is all clean with gray matte finish. It really gives a classy touch to overall looks as compared to black and red sticker on front but as some say ‘things in black and red’ are always fast, later down the down the page we'll try to investigate this hypothesis.
Like most of the Solid State Drives, this one also uses a SATA II (3 Gb/s) interface. Its backward compatible with SATA I (1.5gbs). It uses a simple SATA Power connector.
It uses a JMicron JMF618 with MIRA P3R12E4JFF-G8E 64 MB cache to aid memory throughput. The Flash Chips are made by Toshiba (TH58NVG6D2FTA20); they have capacity of 8 GB each. Total eight of these are used to provide 64 GB of mind boggling storage.
Kingston SSDNow V100 64 GB have standard 2.5” mounting holes on bottom and sides.
Same disk image was used for every drive to have a fair comparison. For comparison we added Western Digital Caviar Blue 320 GB HDD, it's one of the mainstream mechanical drives from Western Digital.
- AS SSD Benchmark:
AS SSD Benchmark have a scoring system that is based around a mix of sequential and random reads/writes and Access times.
Here is a chart showing total score:
This chart shows read and write access times:
- HD Tune Pro Random IOPS:
HD Tune Pro measures performance across the whole capacity of the drive. This allows identifying weak spots in the architecture or media access.
The ATTO Disk Benchmark application is designed to be a performance measurement tool. It measures your storage systems performance with various transfer sizes and test lengths for reads and writes.
Kingston SSDNow V100 64 GB
Western Digital Caviar Blue 320 GB
- Crystal Disk Mark:
Crystal Disk Mark is designed to quickly test the performance of your hard drives.
We tested Sequential Read and Write through this benchmark.
- PCMark Vantage:
PCMark Vantage is a PC benchmark suite offering one-click simplicity for casual users and detailed, professional grade testing for industry, press and enthusiasts.
A PCMark score is a measure of your computer’s performance across a variety of common tasks such as viewing and editing photos, video, music and other media, gaming, communications, productivity and security.
We only tested ‘HDD Suite’.
- Windows 7 Boot up Test:
In this test we measure the time it takes Windows 7 to boot from kernel loaded to Startup programs executed.
- Microsoft Office 2010 Installation:
We measure the time it takes Microsoft office takes to install on tested drive. Source files are also placed on drive under testing.
- Virus Scan Test:
We ran a full scan of ‘Windows' folder in C Drive with Norton Internet Security 2010.
- WinRAR Compression Test:
This chart shows the time WinRAR consumed to un-compress a 579 MB archive.
In this 2nd test, a 4.08 GB archive was uncompressed using WinRAR.
- Windows Experience Index:
This test shows the ‘Primary Hard Disk’ rating produced by Windows 7.
- File Search Test:
We searched for all ‘.ini’ files on drive using windows built-in search.
Kingston SSDNow V100 64 GB proved to be a great Solid State Drive. It completely knocks out mechanical hard drives. After upgrading to SSD, you’ll surely notice a big improvement in speed of your computer. Even a ram upgrade or processor upgrade can't give you that much boost.
Kingston has done a great job with this drive. In earlier days, Kingston SSDs were ‘not so great’ as compared to competitors but now Kingston has really caught the pace and it’s giving a tough competition to its competitors. With new controller, prices have also gone down. Kingston SSDs are now much more affordable.
Priced at 127USD, Kingston SSDNow V100 64 GB gives a great price and performance ratio. Even being cheaper than the SandForce SSDs, it gives a tough competition to them. Kingston is offering 3 year warranty on this drive.
Kingston SSDNow V100 64 GB also packs the much talked-about TRIM feature. TRIM can be really useful in long runs, as the drive begins to age.
With all these features, Kingston SSDNow V100 64 GB is surely a great SSD. I’ll not hesitate to recommend it over any other SSD in same price sector.
• Great price/performance ratio
• Out-standing real-life performance
• Supports TRIM
• 3 Year warranty
• Nice looking, rugged metal case
• Limited capacity