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Hard-Drive Roundup June 2010

Hard-Drive Roundup June 2010

Hard-Drive Roundup

Kingston SSDNow V Series 30GB

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Rather than use foam to protect their SSD during shipping Kingston use a plastic packet with cardboard sleeve. Inside we find a number of bundled components the first of which is a set of brackets to enable installation in a 3.5” drive bay. Also provided are SATA data and power cables and a CD containing imaging software which allows the user to migrate their existing operating system to the new SSD.

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The SSDNow V Series uses a metal casing and on the top is a sticker which gives information on the drive capacity as well as the model number. Flipping the drive over we find no further branding on the base.

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One thing which immediately jumps out when viewing the inside of the V Series is the size of the PCB, especially when we consider this is a 2.5” drive. Attached to the top of the tiny PCB is a Toshiba T6UG1XBG controller which supports TRIM and beside it is 64MB of Micron branded 166MHz data cache. The underside of the PCB contains the NAND flash, again Micron branded and the useable capacity when formatted by Windows 7 is 27.9GB.

Kingston market the 30GB version of this drive as having a 180MB/s read speed with 50MB/s write, there are also 64GB models which run at 200/110MB/s and 128GB hitting 200/160MB/s. When idle the V Series drive uses 0.5w rising to a maximum of 5.2w. Finally, Kingston rates the drive for 1 million hours before failure and provides a 3-year warranty.

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