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Kingston SSDNow V+ 200 480GB review

Less than £1 per gigabyte for decent SSD speeds

Our Verdict

For

  • Large capacity
  • Good value
  • RAISE technology
  • SandForce controller

Against

  • Average performance
  • Slow write speeds
  • Struggles with incompressible data

While the HyperX drives fly the flag for Kingston in the performance/enthusiasts arena, the SSDNow V+200 480GB range is aimed at the business segment or "everyday business" as it proudly boasts on the box.

That's not to say that it isn't allowed for everyone else.

Because of the cheaper asynchronous NAND Flash memory Kingston uses, the SSDNow V+200 is cheaper than both its large capacity Intel SSD 520 Series and HyperX 3K cousins, but still suffers price-wise against some of its 480GB competitors.

Even in this high-capacity segment of the SSD market, pricing has lately got more competitive.

Having said that, with retail prices of around £430 (around $670), this V+200 480GB drive still manages to break the magical £1 per GB barrier by a fair old margin.

Kingston quotes sequential read/write figures of 535MB/s and 480MB/s respectively for the drive, something that was confirmed by the ATTO compressible data benchmark.

In fact, it turns out that these quoted speeds are a little on the conservative side; in testing we saw 552MB/s and 505MB/s for the reads and writes, respectively.

Vital stats
Form factor - 2.5-inch
Capacity - 480GB
Controller - SandForce SF-2281
Memory type - Asynchronous NAND
Interface - SATA 6Gbps

Benchmarks

Although the SSDNow V+200 uses a SandForce controller like all the other drives test here, bar the Crucial drive (Marvell), it suffers against the rest of the drives as it's the only one using slower asynchronous NAND whereas the others use a mix of faster synchronous or Toggle NAND.

There's also the fact that higher capacity drives, those above 256GB, suffer from a serious drop off in performance

Incompressible sequential read performance

Kingston SSDNow V+200 480GB Benchmarks

Incompressible sequential write performance

Kingston SSDNow V+200 480GB Benchmarks

Random 4K read performance

Kingston SSDNow V+200 480GB Benchmarks

Random 4K write performance

Kingston SSDNow V+200 480GB Benchmarks

Tech Specs

Product TypeSolid State Drive
Product FamilySSDNow V+200
Drive InterfaceSATA
Drive Width2.5"
Drive Interface StandardSATA/600
Brand NameKingston
Drive TypeInternal
Storage Capacity480 GB
Maximum Read Transfer Rate535 MBps
Maximum Write Transfer Rate480 MBps
Height9.5 mm
Width69.9 mm
Depth100 mm
ManufacturerKingston Technology Company
Product NameSSDNow V+200 Solid State Drive
Product LineSSDNow V+200
Manufacturer Part NumberSVP200S3B/480G
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.kingston.com
Marketing Information

The SSDNow V+200 features the second-generation high-speed SATA 3.0 (6Gb/s) SandForce SF-2281 Processor and outstanding sequential read and write speeds of up to 535MB/s and 480MB/s. The SSDNow V+200 enables fast system start-up, rapid data access and speedy copying of large files such as videos, presentations and graphics illustrations.

Packaged Quantity1
Weight (Approximate)115 g