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Kingston Unveils Performance Line of SSDs

Gordon Kelly


Kingston Unveils  Performance Line of SSDs

Recently Kingston has shown a penchant for pushing the boundaries of the USB drive market with 128GB and 256GB memory keys, now it seems set on challenging SSDs too...

The company has announced the 'SSDNow V+' series which come in 64GB, 128GB and 256GB capacities, use a Samsung controller and are its fastest SSDs to date.

Sequential read speeds are up to 220MB/s with write speeds hitting up to 180MB/s. Rather more importantly for real world usage however are impressive random 4K read speeds of up to 6,300 IOPs and random 4K writes of up to 291 IOPS. Resilience is good with operating tolerance for the line at 2.7G, non operating tolerance at a massive 20G and the strength to withstand an operating shock of, wait for it... 1500G. Power consumption is just 2.6W when active and 0.15W at idle. Yes this is why SSDs are the future for portable devices.

The SSDNow V+ line all come in 2.5in form factors and have SATA II connectors which means they should play nicely with most laptops released in recent years. The new range will start shipping in September and while we don't have a full array of RRPs, the £129 tag on the 64GB edition bodes well for its bigger brothers.

Choices, choices...


Press Release


August 12, 2009, 6:17 pm

Is there any word as to which controller the range uses? I believe Kingston previously made use of the Intel controller...hopefully this one will too.

Mathew White

August 12, 2009, 6:18 pm

Lots of talk about faster and faster read/write speeds, but ultimately, I'm not that interested when what I want is larger capacity. I edit video on a Mac Pro and I currently have three 2TB drives in this unit. Replacing those ultimately with SSDs rather than HDDs would be fantastic. Less focus on speed, more focus on capacity please, manufacturers.


August 12, 2009, 8:47 pm

Kingston's kits use a rebanded Intel X25-M, is this a new Kingston-designed drive or a rebrand of something else?

David 31

August 26, 2009, 10:05 am

"random 4K writes of up to 291 IOPS"

lol, that's what I call performance. c'mon TR...

Geoff Richards

August 26, 2009, 11:46 am

@David - c'mon TR... and review one? :)

That's the official wording from the press release, so I assume you're not suggesting it's a typo?

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