Next we installed Windows on the drive and ran the hard drive tests from PCMark Vantage. This application does tend to favour SSDs over normal hard drives so is of limited use when comparing them to HDDs but it gives a good indication of performance differences between SSDs.
Here we can see that the V Series is a consistent if rather slow performer. As mentioned earlier, though, the raw read and write speed is only of so much importance. So long as this drive still exhibits the snappy response that you expect from an SSD, has sufficient read/write performance, and doesn’t suffer too much from stuttering it will be worth considering.
Next we ran our gaming test whereby we perform one run through of our standard Crysis time demo and time how long it takes. Graphical settings and resolution are kept to a minimum to ensure as much time as possible is spent loading and unloading the game.
The V Series puts in an impressive display here, beating the very fast OCZ Vertex drive and clearly proving it’s not all about statistics when it comes to real world performance. That said, the VelociRaptor and Intel SSD are still markedly ahead.
For our penultimate test we record how long it takes to bootup, restart, and shutdown our test system. Once again, we see that the V Series holds its own against the competition even beating all before it in the reboot run.
Finally we simply used the system for a while to get a feel of how it responded and we found it to have all the speed and snappiness that we’d expect of an SSD. Smaller programs open almost instantly (large programs like games still take some time) and you can open or close hundreds of files in a flash. Obviously it’s not quite at the level of the enthusiast or performance drives like Intel’s models or the OCZ Vertex but for around £100 it provides all the performance we’d expect.
The Kingston SSDNow V Series 64GB isn’t the fastest drive on the market and compared to hard drives it’s still expensive for its capacity. However, it does provide adequate performance and for around £100 is an absolute bargain compared to many SSDs.
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