So far we have reviewed the Kingston V100 and V200 SSDs from Kingston, the latter of which actually performed quite well for the price. We then reviewed the high end HyperX 3K 240GB, which received our “Recommended Buy – Solid Performance” award.
Today Kingston announced that they are shipping a new budget SSD, which will sit in between those two – the Kingston V300.
We have to forgive Kingston for comparing it heavily to a “7200 RPM HDD” because that’s the demogrpahic they’re going for with this drive. It might still be good for us though, we’ll find out when we get one in.
Interestingly, it’s going to be powered by a SandForce SF-2281 controller, the same one used in some of our most highly recommended SSDs such as Kingston’s own HyperX 3K. That only tells half the story though – what really matters is what kind of flash is being used. And like I said, we’ll find out when we get one in!
Specs are set at 85K read 43K write, random 4K IOPS, and 128 TB total bytes written to the drive. This is for the 240GB version.
Read after the break for the full press release, and stay tuned for our full evaluation. More info and specs on other sizes can be found here.
Kingston Digital, Inc., the Flash memory affiliate of Kingston Technology Company, Inc., the independent world leader in memory products, today announced it is shipping the next generation of its most cost-effective SSDNow V Series solid-state drive. The Kingston® SSDNow V300 is a powerful upgrade solution for cost-conscious consumers looking to upgrade their existing desktop or notebook PC.
The new SSDNow V300 is 10x faster than a 7200RPM hard-disk drive. It is powered by an LSI® SandForce® Flash Storage Processor (FSP) solution customized for Kingston, and optimized for industry-leading 19nm NAND Flash memory to deliver sequential read and write speeds of up to 450MB/s. Using best-in-class components, SSDNow V300 combines quality, performance and affordability first-time SSD users or anyone looking to upgrade an existing system.
“LSI worked together with Kingston to deliver a customized high-performing solid-state drive solution for their cost-effective SSDNow V Series,” said Kent Smith, senior director of product marketing, Flash Components Division, LSI. “Our award-winning SF-2281 Client FSPs provide Kingston’s customers with enterprise-class features and an enhanced everyday computing user experience, especially for first time SSD users.”
“Kingston is committed to delivering SSDs at the best price to performance ratio as possible. We achieve this again with our next-generation SSDNow V300,” said Ariel Perez, SSD business manager, Kingston. “The SSDNow V300 is the best cost-efficient upgrade for users who want their existing systems to perform faster. They will experience faster boot up and shutdown times, and will also see much better system performance when multiple applications are open.”
The SSDNow V300 is available as a stand-alone drive or as an upgrade kit containing cloning software and other accessories for a desktop and/or notebook system. SSDNow V300 is backed by a three-year warranty, free technical support and legendary Kingston reliability.