Kingston SSDNow V100 128GB SSD Review – Test Criteria

TEST BENCH CONFIGURATION

Motherboard Asus Rampage III Gene SATA 6Gb/s USB3
CPU Intel i7-930 CPU@2.80Ghz (OC’d to 3.2Ghz)
RAM 6Gb G.Skill 1600 Triple Channel
Graphics MSI N460GTX DDR5 768MB
Power Supply OCZ ModXStream-Pro 600w
CPU Cooler Cooler Master Hyper 212+
OS Windows 7 64 Bit Ultimate
Wifi Belkin Surf & Share Wireless USB Adapter
Monitor Dell E228WFP 22″ Flat Panel
Desktop Case BitFenix Survivor Mid-Tower ATX Gaming Case (x)
Front Loading Mobile SSD Rack Icy Dock SSD 4 x 2.5″ Mobile Rack (x)

SOFTWARE

Software used for testing by The SSD Review consists of Crystal Disk Mark, HDTune Pro, ATTO Benchmark, HDTach, along with FutureMark PCMark Vantage.  The first four do a great job of showing us the numbers that we want to see, or don’t want to see in some cases, while PCMark Vantage x64 is an excellent program which recreates tests that mimic the average users activity, all the while providing a medium to measure each.

All tests are conducted in Windows 7 safe mode, wherever possible, as this gives the truest result for evaluation purposes; the sole exception being PCMark Vantage which would not function in safe mode.  Where the opportunity exists, tests are repeated to ensure accuracy and consistency of results.

SSD INFORMATION – CRYSTAL DISK INFO

BENCHMARKS

1.  Crystal DiskMark Ver. 3.0

We are pleased to say that this certainly isn’t the JMicron 6** series that we have been used to seeing.  The drive has TRIM and is pushing these kind of performance scores top end and, as an added bonus, the all important 4k random write performance scores are 5 times better than they have ever been with the earlier 612 and prior JM controllers. .  We can’t wait until Vantage testing but lets take a look at a few others for now.

2.  ATTO Disk BenchMark Ver. 2.46

The ATTO seems to have pulled the marks down just a bit which happens occasionally but lets just see how we make out with the rest of the tests.

3.  HDTach Ver. 3.0.4.0

Pg1 – Overview and Simplicity

Pg2 – Test Criteria & Initial Benchmarks

Pg3 – Benchmarks

Pg4 – HDD Comparison and Conclusions

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Great review, very interesting. 64GB version writes only at 145MB/s but has a good price.

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