Kingston V200 Review – Closer Look
As mentioned on our Facebook page and Twitter, Kingston definitely don’t want you getting into the V200. Not only is the entire front label effectively the warranty protection sticker, they use keyed torx screws to hold it together! We won’t hold any of this against them in this review of course, it just made our job a little bit harder. I don’t have a keyed torx screw, but a normal torx screwdriver worked with some effort (although the screws are now stripped beyond usability)
Once I got in, here’s what the Kingston V200 looked like inside:
Interestingly, the JMicron JMF668 controller is labeled as a Toshiba TC58NCF668GDT-BB, so it might be slightly different from a standard JMicron controller.
Kingston are also using the latest process technology available for Toshiba’s toggle flash – 24nm. Unfortunately we can’t be certain how many die per package this chip has – I have yet to find a good decoder for Toshiba flash. Considering that there are only 8 chips on board, these are most likely 2 die per chip.
Keeping this a 100% Taiwanese product, Kingston enlisted Promos to provide them with the DDR2 cache. These chips labeled V59C1512164QDJ25 are 64GB each, and I assume that they run in dual channel mode. Since the cache does a lot of behind-the-scenes work that doesn’t need quantifying, we can move on from here.
The Kingston V200 came in a standard clamshell package, with no extra software or cables. It’s actually a 7mm drive, making it suitable for slim notebooks. It comes with a plastic riser for use in standard sized laptops and drive bays as well.
The V200 comes with a 3 year warranty, and is rated for 36 terabytes of TBW or “total bytes written”. While not as durable as the Crucial m4 (OCZ does not provide a spec for the Agility 3), to reach this limit within the 3 year warranty, you’d have to write 33GB to the drive daily.
Next we’ll take a look at some performance figures – let’s dig into this drive and see how it performs!