Kingston SSDNow V200 128GB SSD Review

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A look Inside the V200

Opening the drive required the removal of the label on the front as the screws were hidden behind it.

Kingston V200 128GB

Once open, the PCB was freely removable although it was a bit stuck to the thermal pad found underneath.

Kingston V200 128GB

This particular side of the PCB features nothing of importance other than the model information sticker.

Kingston V200 128GB

All the good stuff is on this side with the NAND, controller and cache chips.

Kingston V200 128GB

The MLC NAND is Toshiba manufactured, 16GB in density and the very same chips as found in the iPad 2. There are eight in total which equates to 128GB (1GB = 1,000,000,000 bytes) in total on board.

Kingston V200 128GB

Dual ProMOS DDR2-800 chips, each 32MB in capacity, flank the controller and assist the controller by buffering the data as needed.

Kingston V200 128GB

Though branded Toshiba, this is in reality a JMicron (JMF66x) designed controller that supports SATA 6Gbps along with TRIM, idle garbage collection and all of the functions that the user never sees such as wear-leveling and error correction.

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