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Kingston SSDNow V+100 256GB Upgrade Bundle review

Is this cheaper SSD still worth the price premium?

Our Verdict

Not the best in class, but aggressive pricing, good spec and bundled accessories make the V+100 worth a look.

For

  • Decent performance, good bundle, If the Toshiba controller is good enough for Apple...

Against

  • Beaten by SandForce drives for performance
  • Cheaper than some SSDs, but not actually cheap

There's no such thing as a cheap solid state drive. But you do at least have the choice between merely pricey and downright punitive. The new Kingston SSDNow V+100 256GB falls into the former camp.

At around £375 for 256GB of capacity, it's funny money compared to a conventional magnetic drive of similar or even much greater capacity.

But it's still over £100 cheaper than the priciest 256GB SATA SSDs, such as the new Samsung SSD 470 Series 256GB.

So, what do you get?

The all important controller chip is a tweaked version of Toshiba's T6UG1XBG. Perhaps not the best on the market, but it does have one thing going for it: an aggressive garbage cleaning utility.

In theory, this means the Kingston SSDNow V+100 256GB should maintain performance over time without the help of the drive-cleaning Windows 7 TRIM command.

That's just one reason why Apple, for example, uses the T6UG1XBG in its MacBook laptops. Mac OS X, you see, doesn't support TRIM.

Tech Specs

Product TypeSolid State Drive
Product FamilySSDNow
Drive InterfaceSATA
Drive Width2.5"
Drive Interface StandardSATA/300
Brand NameKingston
Drive TypeInternal
Storage Capacity256 GB
Maximum Read Transfer Rate230 MBps
Maximum Write Transfer Rate180 MBps
Height9.5 mm
Width69.9 mm
Depth100 mm
ManufacturerKingston Technology Company
Product ModelSVP100S2B/256GR
Product NameSSDNow V+100 SVP100S2B/256GR MLC Solid State Drive
Package TypeRetail
Product LineSSDNow
Manufacturer Part NumberSVP100S2B/256GR
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.kingston.com
Marketing Information

SSDNow V+100 are ideal for demanding corporate environments and for system builders and integrators. It uses a standard SATA interface but unlike a regular hard drive, it's built with no moving parts. It provides durability and reliability to meet the needs of professionals in the office or on the road. Business travellers in any industry will appreciate its performance gains, as will medical professionals, software developers, video editors, designers, IT workers and law enforcement officials.

Packaged Quantity1
Package Contents
  • SSDNow V+100 SVP100S2B/256GR Solid State Drive
  • Installation Guide CD
  • 2.5 "SATA Enclosure
  • USB-To-Mini-USB Data Cable
  • Cable Serial ATA
  • 4-pin Molex To Serial ATA Power Adapter Cable
  • Brackets with Screws For 2.5" to 3.5" Conversion
Limited Warranty3 Year
Weight (Approximate)128 g