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To assess the drive's performance, we used our usual test bed:
Processor: Intel Core 2 Quad QX9770
Motherboard: Asus P5E3
Memory: 2GB Corsair CM3X1024-1333C9 DDR3
Graphics Card: AMD ATI Radeon HD 4870 X2 using Catalyst 9.4 drivers
Operating System: Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium 32-bit
We started our testing by adding the drive as a blank, unformatted slave drive to our test bed then ran the read and write tests of the defacto standard benchmarking app, HDTune.
As can clearly be seen, the V Series is not the fastest drive in the world but those claimed read speeds of Kingston's do hold up. The dip in write speed to 18MB/s is a bit alarming but looking at the full graph (see page 4) it is clear these dips in performance are not particularly frequent and nowhere near as drastic as those of the OCZ Apex.