Kingston SSDNow V100 128GB SSD Review

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Kingston SSDNow V100 128GB – Test System

TEST SYSTEM

All tests were performed on a fresh and up-to-date install of Windows
7 Pro x64 (note: this is prior to the release of SP1) with no
other applications running while using AHCI mode set through the BIOS.
Synthetic Benchmarks were run with the OS loaded on a 40GB Corsair Force
SSD. The
ASUS P6T Deluxe (BIOS v1701) motherboard uses an ICH10R south bridge
chipset which supports
TRIM. In between every test, the drive was secure erased unless otherwise noted. As such, all
results should be
indicative of optimal performance. All
components were set to their default speeds and are listed below.

We’d like to let our readers know that this will be the last SSD review where the main test system will be on the X58 platform. It’s being retired in favor of a Sandy Bridge P67 system which supports full 6Gbps SATA interfaces sans bottlenecks.

 

LR TEST BENCH

Intel LGA 1366 Test Platform
Component Brand/Model Live Pricing

Processor

Core i7 920

Motherboard

ASUS P6T Deluxe V1 (1701)

Memory

CORSAIR XMS3 3GB DDR3 1333

Video Card

Gigabyte GeForce GT 430

OS Drive

Corsair Force 40GB

Power Supply

Corsair HX1000

Operating System

Windows 7 Pro 64-Bit

Comparison Drives & Other Models We Have Tested

Since there are so many SSDs out there now with different
controllers, we created a reference table of which
controllers are used by each drive to help you compare results.
Different controllers definitely perform differently and each has various strengths and weaknesses. Like CPU’s, even identical drives will have variations in performance and part of that variance may be attributable to the NAND flash used.

 SSD
MODEL
CONTROLLER(S) TRIM Support?
OCZ Vertex 3 Pro 200GB (beta)
SandForce SF-2500 (SF-2582) Yes
RunCore Pro V 120GB
SandForce SF-1200 (SF-1222) Yes
Samsung 470 Series 256GB
Samsung S3C29MAX01-Y340 Yes
Zalman N Series 128GB SandForce SF-1200 (SF-1222) Yes
Kingston V+100 128GB Toshiba T6UG1XBG Yes
Corsair Force 40GB Sandforce SF-1200 (SF-1222) Yes
Intel X25-V 40GB Intel G2 Yes
G.Skill Phoenix Pro Sandforce SF-1200 (SF-1222) Yes
Patriot Inferno 100GB Sandforce SF-1200 (SF-1222) Yes
OCZ RevoDrive X2 240GB SSD (4X) Sandforce SF-1200 (SF-1222) No*
OCZ RevoDrive 120GB SSD (2X) Sandforce SF-1200 (SF-1222) No*
ADATA S596 128GB JMicron JMF612 Yes
Corsair Force Series 120GB Sandforce SF-1200 (SF-1222) Yes
Patriot Zephyr 128GB JMICRON JMF612 Yes
Patriot Torqx 128GB Indilinx Barefoot Yes
Kingston 30GB V
Series SNV125-S2
Toshiba T6UG1XBG Yes
Kingston 128GB V
Series SNV425-S2
JMICRON JMF618 Yes
Corsair Force Series
100GB
Sandforce SF-1200 (SF-1222) Yes
Corsair Nova Series
128GB
Indilinx Barefoot Yes
Intel X25-M 160GB G2 SSD
Intel PC29AS21BA0 Yes
Micron RealSSD C300 (6Gbps) 256GB Marvell 88SS9174-BJP2 Yes
* TRIM is not supported due to the RAID controller.

The readout on CrystalDiskInfo 3.9.1, both NCQ and S.M.A.R.T. are
enabled, as is TRIM. This is a great free tool to see what version of
firmware the drive is running in the event there are updates
available.

Kingston V 100 CRYSTALDISKMARK INFO

On to the benchmarks!

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