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Kingston SSDNow V+200 Series 120GB SSD Review

By on March 18, 2012
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Affordable enterprise level performance for all.

Good: Decent performance, data integrity technology implemented, hardware level encryption
Bad: Performance not as high as other SandForce based SSDs
Price: AED 759 (stand alone drive)/ AED 810 (w/ upgrade kit)
* The price is the Suggested Retail Price at the time of review. Please call a retailer to confirm the latest price for this product.

When it comes to releasing the latest hardware in the market, Kingston has always been proactive in this region with their solid state drives. Today I’ll be looking at their latest enterprise level V+ 200 Series 120GB SATA III SSD.

The V+ 200 SSD uses the famous SandForce SF-2281 controller with eight asynchronous Intel 25NM MLC NAND flash chips. This is good enough to give the V+ 200 120GB SSD rated read and write speeds of 535MBps and 480MBps respectively and a 1 million hours MTBF. Keep in mind that the height of the V+200 series is 9.5mm, so most notebooks should be able to accommodate it, except some slimmer models.

Packaging

Since this is the complete upgrade kit, with the V+ 200 250GB SSD you also get the 3.5” mounting brackets along with the appropriate screws. There’s a molex to SATA power cable and software disc to complete the whole package.

Of course, we also have a USB 2.0 external casing should you want to house your old 2.5” laptop hard drive in there. Keeping the V+ 200 SSD in that casing will severely limit the performance of the drive due to USB 2.0 limited bandwidth.

Since the V+ 200 Series is an enterprise level drive, it uses DuraClass and DuraWrite technologies to optimize writes which in turns increases data integrity to efficiently handle wear-leveling over the life of the drive. Of course, a lot of these benefits can also be attributed to the SF-2281 controller which nicely handles real-time compressions for a long lasting drive, especially given the AES-256 bit hardware level encryption.

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