Model: Kingston SSDNow V+200 90GB Solid State Drive
Manufacturer: Kingston
Provided By: Kingston

As the world’s largest independent manufacturer of memory products, Kingston Technology doesn't need much of an introduction. The company got its start in 1987, when the computer industry was suffering from a severe shortage of surface-mount memory chips. To provide a solution, Kingston's founders designed a new Single In-Line Memory Module (SIMM) that used readily available, older technology through-hole components. Today, Kingston offers more than 2,000 memory products for everything from computers, servers and printers to MP3 players, digital cameras and cell phones.

Like many other manufacturers, Kingston has set its sights on the growing solid-state drive (SSD) market. This winter, the company unveiled the latest addition to its SSDNow family, the V+200. Designed to meet the needs of both business and home users, the V+200 combines exceptional quality and performance with an affordable price. The drive is powered by LSI's SandForce SF-2281 processor and features a SATA 6GB/s interface, automatic encryption and DuraClass technology. The V+200 also uses asynchronous NAND flash to deliver up to 535MB/s read and 485MB/s write speeds as well as a maximum of 60,000 4KB random write IOPS.

The SSDNow V+200 is available in 60GB, 90GB, 120GB, 240GB and 480GB capacities as either a stand-alone drive or as an upgrade kit to make installation easy and quick. For this review, Kingston sent us the 90GB upgrade bundle kit. The 90GB version of the V+200 is capable of delivering up to 535 MB/s sequential read and 480 MB/s sequential write speeds as well as up to 85,000 random read and 57,000 random write IOPS.

 Kingston SSDNow V+200 90GB Solid State Drive
General Specifications
Part Numbers SVP200S3/90G (Standalone SSD)
SVP200S3B/90G (Upgrade Kit)
Capacity 90GB
Flash Type 25nm Multi-Level Cell (MLC)
Controller SandForce SF-2281
Form Factor 2.5-inch
Interface SATA III 6Gb/s

Sequential Read 535 MB/s Max
Sequential Write 480 MB/s Max
4K Random Read 20,000 IOPS
4K Random Write 47,000 IOPS
Maximum 4K Random Read 85,000 IOPS
Maximum 4K Random Write 57,000 IOPS

MTBF 1 million hours

Power Consumption
Read 1.795 Watts
Write 2.065 Watts
Idle 0.565 Watts

Operating Temperature 0 ºC to 70 ºC
Storage Temperature -40 ºC to 85 ºC
Vibration Operating 2.17G
Vibration Non-Operating 20G

Dimensions and Weight
Dimensions 69.85 x 100 x 9.5 mm
Weight 115g

Other Features
Data Integrity Protection featuring DuraClass Technology
RAISE for advanced data reliability
Self-encrypting drive technology
DuraWrite optimizes writes to extend endurance
Supports SMART, TRIM, and Garbage Collection
Bundle includes USB enclosure, 3.5" bracket,  SATA cables and cloning software
Three year warranty

With store shelves already full of "SandForce Driven" SSDs with similar specs and features, the V+200 is up against some stiff competition. To give you an idea of what to expect, we'll take a closer look at Kingston's new SSD and then put it through its paces to see how it performs. Does the V+200 have what it takes? Can it deliver the value and performance we've come to expect from Kingston? Keep reading as we find out.

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