Kingston SSD Now V+ 256GB Review
PC Mark Vantage
Whilst we've tested a swathe of drives here at OC3D Towers it makes the most sense to compare against the best, and so for PC Mark that's what we'll do. The best in this case being the Corsair Nova which is the fastest SATA 3Gbp/s drive we've tested.
A couple of odd things to note. Even after many runs the Windows Media Center and Windows Movie Maker results were consistently the same. Considering the rest of the results are above the Nova we really aren't sure what's going on there. The Media Center result is incomprehensible. However the key is that the rest of the results see the Kingston edge out the Nova.
Crystal Disk Mark
For our Crystal Disk Mark testing we're putting the V+ up against a variety of SSDs to give a picture of the general performance. We have the SandForce based Vertex 2 from OCZ. The Corsair Nova and the Mushkin Callisto. We're also using the results from the Kingston SSD Now V+ 64GB to see how much difference the extra capacity and maturity of the firmware makes.
In our read tests the results of our previous tests are replicated with the Kingston taking a stellar lead. Even more impressive considering the linearity of the performance.
Finally the write testing. There is even a larger disparity between the Kingstons performance with small block sizes as reported here by Crystal Disk Mark, and how it is in the rest of the tests. If anything it's quite linear in how it goes from very last at 4K, everything even at 512K and in second, just behind the Nova, at the Sequential test point.