Kingston SSDNow V+100 128GB SSD Review

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HD Tach & CrystalDiskMark Synthetic Benches

HD TACH 3.0.4.0

HD Tach is a low level hardware benchmark for random access read/write storage devices such as hard drives, removable drives (ZIP/JAZZ), flash devices, and RAID arrays. HD Tach uses custom device drivers and other low level Windows interfaces to bypass as many layers of software as possible and get as close to the physical performance of the device as possible.

V+100 HDTACH

V+100 HD TACH GRID

Benchmark Results: Performance here is not bad either for the V+100 although it does trail the leaders by a significant amount on the writes. However, the drive exceeded my expectations and it’s looking like the firmware changes to the Toshiba controller have definitely paid off.

CrystalDiskMark 3.0.0h

CrystalDiskMark is a small benchmark utility for drives and enables rapid measurement of sequential and random read/write speeds. Note that CDM only supports Native Command Queuing (NCQ) with a queue depth of 32 (as noted) for the last listed benchmark score. This can skew some results in favor of controllers that also do not support NCQ.

V+100 CRYSTALDISKMARK

V+100 CRYSTALDISKMARK GRID

Benchmark Results: Sequential writes were very strong here and the reads were at least in the ballpark with the leading SATA II based drives. The 4k write performance again was relatively weak but still much improved with the new firmware.

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