Valkor had the pleasure of reviewing the v and it's only fitting that I move in and take it to the next level. On the outset, the v comes in a dark grey case and a form factor of 2.
The case has a bit of heft to it compared to other SSDs we have reviewed, with a very sturdy feel. The side profile of the SSD shows the seam where the top and bottom case segments meet and align for a precise fit in any 2.
The front of the drive has a standard SATA data and power interface, with service pins next to it. While most other SSD manufacturers opt for using standard Phillips head or Torx screws, Kingston went a non-tamper route to further limit users from opening the drive.
Considering there is a warranty void if removed sticker on the back and no user-serviceable parts inside, there is really no reason why anyone should need to open up the case during the use of this SSD. Inside we see that Kingston continues the tradition of using thermal pads above and below the circuit board to draw heat away from components such as the SandForce SF controller and Intel NAND.
Good thermals are important though, especially if an SSD is going to be pressed hard, so while a seemingly small design feature, for heavy use this is a critical addition.
They are divided evenly on both sides of the circuit board, with eight on top and eight on the bottom. The comparables used in this review include the following SSDs: All drives are tested on the StorageReview client testing platform.
Our next test looks at random 2MB transfers instead of sequential, showing what performance might look like during multiple file transfer requests. Moving on to even smaller transfer request sizes, our next section looks at random 4K read and write performance at a queue depth of one, and later moves to expanded queue depth tests.
In our expanded 4K random read and write tests, we look how well each drive performed with multithreaded access.
This slowed to 19, IOPS with randomized data.
Peak latency times were also excellent, measuring Using CrystalDiskMark with randomized data, we noted similar read and write speeds as what we found with our incompressible IOMeter testing, although CDM did give slightly higher read speed figures.
Our last group of consumer IOMeter synthetic benchmarks looks at mixed-load server profiles including Database, Workstation, File Server, and Webserver. Real-World Benchmarks One thing we try to focus on with our reviews is how any given drive might perform under real-world conditions.
For the average user, trying to translate random 4K write speeds into an everyday situation can be difficult. For this reason we turned to our StorageMark traces, which include HTPC, Productivity, and Gaming traces to help readers find out how a drive might rank under their conditions.
The first real-life test is our HTPC scenario. In this test we include: In this trace we recorded 2,MB being written to the drive and 1,MB being read. Our second real-life test covers disk activity in a productivity scenario. For all intents and purposes this test shows drive performance under normal daily activity for most users.
In this trace we recorded 4,MB being written to the drive and 2,MB being read.
Our third real-life test covers disk activity in a gaming environment. The trace captures the heavy read activity of each game loading from the start, as well as textures as the game progresses.
In this trace we recorded MB being written to the drive and 7,MB being read. Power Applying the same read and write profiles that we performed at the beginning of this review, we measure the power used by the SSD during these read or write profiles.With incredible read/write speeds, V will not only increase performance but can also be used to breathe new life into older systems.
Rugged SSDNow V is shock and vibration-resistant for rugged reliability when used in notebooks and other computing schwenkreis.coms: Kingston SSDNow V SSD Firmware ABBF0 It is highly recommended to always use the most recent driver version available.
Try to set a system restore point before installing a device driver. Compressible data transfer (ATTO): All capacities: MB/s read and MB/s write. Incompressible data transfer (AS-SSD and CrystalDiskMark) 60GB,GB,GB MB/s read and 50MB/s write IOMETER maximum random 4k read/write 60GB,GB,GB up to 85,/ up to 60, IOPS.
SSDNow V features an LSI SandForce controller customised for Kingston and optimised for next-generation Flash memory to deliver the utmost in quality and reliability from two leading SSD brands.
Because it's made with solid-state components and has no moving parts, it's shock-proof and withstands drops and schwenkreis.coms: 1.
It does not really matter what interface the caddy has (SATA I, II or III), because the read / write speeds of the fast RPM HDDs are nowhere near the speed of SATA I ( Gbps = MBps). The transfer speed in the caddy (and eSATA, USB ) will be much faster than an external USB drive enclosure.
The Kingston SSDNow UV GB still suffers from the lower capacity performance deficit compared with the GB version; however, it picks up the slack compared with the Kingston SSDNow V (over the page), which, like the Intel s GB, suffers from low write speeds.