REPORT ANALYSIS AND FINAL THOUGHTS
The Kingston SSDVNow SSD enters the market as the first SSD to use new Toshiba 19nm Toggle mode DDR memory paired with the SandForce SF-2281 FSP. We are curious as to how many similar SSDs we may see introduced in the future for two reasons as the SF-2281 is not your off the shelf FSP and was customized specifically for Kingston. In other words, just as we have seen so many times before with manufacturers such as OCZ and Crucial, this controller is the efforts of both Kingston and LSI SandForce together and, even if the work is reflective of firmware alone, it is proprietary to Kingston.
Performance for the SSDNow V300 is incredible and our evaluation displayed results well above posted specifications. It’s read and write performance is excess of 500MB/s is typical LSI SandForce and it is very encouraging to see a first release SSD (19nm/SF-2281 pairing) place in the upper tier of the SSDs we have tested to date.
This SSD is directed at the consumer making the transition and exterior branding is obvious of such. Kingston goes much further though by including a migration video as well as another DVD that has a step by step guide along with the Acronis True Image HD Cloning Software. If we were to pick at anything, it might be the three year warranty, whereas, five is becoming comonplace as well as the fact that we believe each and every SSD should have the full migration package included and complementary.
Pricing is on par with most, although sub-$100 120/128GB SSDs and sub-$200 240/256GB SSDs are being seen more frequently. The increase from the SSD alone to the full migration kit is only about $10 which is cheaper than we usually see and this complate package is definitely the best complete HDD to SSD upgrade that wer have seen to date. Would we refer those who have to include the SSD migration in their upgrade to the SSDNow V300? Absolutely! Kingston even throws in complementary tech support!
Just as a show of good measure, let’s see how this drive performs if we fine tune our systems power management settings in BIOS:
We don’t typically display optimized settings as we feel it important that the results we display can be duplicated by anyone. Examining the optimized CDM score here, we see definite improvement in all transfer speeds and the low 4k write result of 135MB/s is one of the fastest we have seen yet.
The question then becomes on of whether this would be identifiable in typical use, or even in simulated reality testing. let’s take a new look at PCMark Vantage with the BIOS optimized:
The optimized Total Score of 79869 with a high transfer speed of 465MB/s is incredible.
All in all, kudos to Kingston and LSI SandForce for the great new SSD introduction and we are happy to award our Innovation Award to the SSDNow V300.