Kingston SSD Now V+ 256GB Review
At the start we wondered if the increased capacity of the 256GB version of the Kingston SSD Now V+ would lead to an increase or a decrease in performance over the 64GB capacity V+ we tested in December 09.
Clearly throughout our testing it shows a marked increase. Whether, as all drives perform better when they aren't full to the gunwales, this is due to the sheer available space or to tweaks to the firmware it cannot be denied that in all of our tests the SSD Now V+ performed admirably.
Two things most definitely left an impression upon me. Firstly how consistent the V+ is regardless of the task you are performing. Some extreme performance drives hit their numbers in a very limited environment, but the Kingston was rock solid doing everything from loading Windows, via shifting huge PSDs around, to game playing. It was all fast, all the time.
There definitely is a drop off with tiny blocks as we saw in the ATTO and Crystal Disk Mark tests, although this isn't replicated in the IOMeter tests or PC Mark Vantage and certainly isn't noticeable in daily use. Nonetheless if you work with billions of icons or tiny tiny text documents then it might be worth noting. It is a curiosity.
We test because first-hand impressions are unreliable between a long time span. This is especially true when you're dealing with tiny differences. However the Kingston definitely doesn't feel sluggish in the least with either large or small file sizes.
The second thing is how much of a boon the extra capacity is. Those of us on limited budgets are used to having an SSD as perhaps a OS drive with maybe one or two important applications installed too, and using a standard drive for games and storage etc. The increase in capacity allows all of those daily tasks to also see the benefit of such a instantaneous data retrieval system.
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. Despite this being a storage device for price reasons think of it as memory and suddenly it's exceptional value. Logically at least.
Sadly we don't live in a logical world and we can't explain to our other half/parents/dog why we're eating beans on toast for the next year just because, logically, this was a bargain. No, out here in the real world this is eye-wateringly expensive at a touch over £500.
However for your money you get a drive that will hold pretty much anything you want it to, be as reliable as your dog and is faster than a march hare chasing a particularly cute bunny. It's an easy winner of our Bronze award. Just a shame about that price which, whilst on a par with its peers, is still a boat load of cash in anyones book.