Kingston SSDNow V+100 128GB SSD Review

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Capacity, Final Thoughts & Conclusions

The Kingston V+100 128GB has a user accessible 119GB in free space after the overprovisioning and Windows take their share. This is only about 7% overprovisioning which is lower than we have seen with other drives but just about the norm these days.

V+100 PROPERTIES

If you’ve skipped to the last page, you should know that the drive comes bundled with several goodies such as a SATA cable, drive mount rails, Molex to SATA power cord, a USB 2.0 cable and an external enclosure. The external enclosure allows you to connect to the computer via USB 2.0 to migrate your data using the included software. This is a really nice feature, especially if you have a laptop because extra SATA ports are not available. To use the drive in the enclosure as an external data drive would be a colossal waste as the USB 2.0 interface will cap the data transfer bandwidth well below what the SSD is capable of.

V+100 USB ENCLOSURE

As far as performance goes, the V+100 performance exceeded my expectations that were based on experience with the earlier drives with the same controller. Kingston and Toshiba have done a really nice job on reworking the firmware to get a nice performance boost. Their “always on” and OS independent garbage collection is more aggressive and can help mitigate the performance degradation of long-term use on a system that does not support TRIM. This said, if you are running RAID array(s), Mac OS X, or a Windows version prior to 7, this drive was made with you in mind as all of those do not support TRIM.

Editors Note: In case you were wondering, Kingston has since told us that the
controller is slightly different  and has undergone a die shrink down to 32nm so the firmware used
on this drive will not work on the older V+ drives.

V+100 USB ENCLOSURE

With a retail price of $289.99, the V+100 will set you back roughly $2.44 per usable GB. However, you must take into consideration the value the accessories add. You can buy the drive without the upgrade kit for $278.99 or $2.34 per usable GB, which is a little above the average price of a 128GB SSD these days. With most other drives, you typically only see 2.5″ to 3.5″ adapter plates at best so having the option for the full bundle is a nice perk. In addition, Kingston offers a 3-year warranty behind their good name along with free 24/7 support.

V+100 FRONT

Legit Bottom Line: The Kingston V+100 128GB SSD is a much improved version of the V+ drives of an earlier generation and rivals the performance of others in its class. Bundled with a very generous set of accessories and “always on” garbage collection, Kingston has done a nice job to appeal to a wide user base regardless of platform.

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