Kingston SSD Now V+ 256GB Review

Test Setup, Controller and Install

Kingston SSD Now V+ 256GB

Test Setup

Today we're testing the Kingston SSD Now V+ on our recent award-winning MSI P55A Fuzion motherboard.

MSI P55A Fuzion
Intel Core i7 870
4GB G.Skill Trident
ASUS HD5850 Top
Windows 7 64 Bit Home Premium
Cougar CM1000 PSU
Kingston SSD Now V+ 256GB

The drive will be setup as a empty spare drive for the majority of our testing, and then used daily to assist in our conclusion.

Controller and Installation

Under the hood the Kingston SSD Now V+ is identical to the 64GB variant we tested. Therefore to save you re-reading the technical ins and outs twice, you can get the minutae from that review here.

However the major points of interest are that the Kingston uses the very popular combination of a Samsung YK40 Controller, a 128mb Samsung cache chip and Samsung SCK0 MLC NAND. Similar to the other major controller, the Indilinx Barefoot, the Samsung combination produces very smooth results throughout the performance spectrum.

Certainly it has proven itself across countless high-performance Solid State Drives and is more mature than the recent SandForce drives we've looked at.

In the package for the Kingston full upgrade kit we have here they have included a copy of Acronis drive cloning software so that you can painlessly transfer your OS from your current drive to the SSD Now V+ (assuming your drive is under 256GB obviously).

One thing that made us smile was in the PDF instructions. Despite the internals of the Kingston being wholly Samsung based, it still registers as a Kingston in the BIOS. Considering my main drive, like a lot of people I imagine, is a Samsung Spinpoint this could lead to a lot of frustration with less technically savvy users.

Kingston SSD Now V+ 256GB

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Most Recent Comments

15-09-2010, 13:55:58

I really can't understand why the SSD are so expensive because there isn't a huge demand on them unless they are excluded from the law of supply & demand.


16-09-2010, 04:54:14


The fact that this is so fast, and it's basically memory, is also something that you have to keep in mind when you look at the pricing. Sure compared to a HDD it's expensive, but try and buy 256GB of super-fast DDR3 and see how much it is in comparison.

From the review.Quote

16-09-2010, 05:34:22

i guess thats a good comparison to look at,as yes ite is basicly mem modulesQuote

16-09-2010, 12:07:42

I hope SSD's start getting cheaper soon. I know its basically memory but at their current price its not a good choice to buy an SSD. I am waiting for SSD's to become affordable to upgrade.Quote

16-09-2010, 12:36:30

Originally Posted by steve30x View Post

I hope SSD's start getting cheaper soon. I know its basically memory but at their current price its not a good choice to buy an SSD. I am waiting for SSD's to become affordable to upgrade.
Really depends on the size, imho any enthusiast spending big money on a GPU and CPU should have a SSD, just depends how big you want it.

Ive actually got one of these drives in my own rig, I had to stop at 256 because the missus would have been eating poridge for a month if Id got the 512 I wanted! Perhaps I should have done this review eh Veebs, you lucky bugger

As with all new tech prices will fall in the end. But there will always be something new(er) to take the expensive slot for us all to moan about Quote

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