SSD’s are coming out hot and heavy now and Kingston isn’t been shy about setting out to improve on their earlier generation drives. Last July, Legit Reviews had a go at their first generation SSDNow V Series SSD and awarded it the Legit Reviews Value Award. Just six short months later, the second generation of this entry-level SSD is available with the same name and in our hot little hands – but will it earn similar honors? We certainly expect it to be a better performer as it has higher read/write specifications. In addition, this version does sport a new controller which supports the much desired TRIM function for those running Windows 7.
The newest V Series SSD’s (the V stands for value) are served up in three sizes – 30GB, 64GB & 128GB. They are available as a standalone drive anf the two larger drives also come as a desktop bundle or notebook bundle. We’ve already had a look at the 30GB boot drive which is slightly different as it uses a different controller so we won’t reference it’s performance in this article.
As with the first generation V Series review, we’ll be taking a look at the desktop bundle which is retailing for $249. For reference, the other configuration options are listed out below with their respective MSRP pricing. Along with the SSD itself, both bundles include an Acronis True Image software CD & installation guide. The desktop bundle adds 3.5” mounting brackets, a SATA cable and a molex to SATA power cable while the notebook bundle comes with a 2.5” USB SATA external enclosure.
|Part Number||Capacity & Features||MSRP (U.S.Only)|
|SNV425-S2/64GB||64GB Standalone Drive||$208.00|
|SNV425-S2/128GB||128GB Standalone Drive||$362.00|
|SNV425-S2BN/64GB||64GB Notebook Bundle||$216.00|
|SNV425-S2BN/128GB||128GB Notebook Bundle||$377.00|
|SNV425-S2BD/64GB||64GB Desktop Bundle||$216.00|
|SNV425-S2BD/128GB||128GB Desktop Bundle||$377.00|
Now that you know all of the intimate details and fine print, let’s have a look at the guts on this thing!