Kingston SSD Now V+ 256GB Review
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.