Monday, October 26th 2009

Kingston Digital Extends SSD Family with Desktop Upgrade Solution

Kingston Digital, Inc., the Flash memory affiliate of Kingston Technology Company, Inc., the independent world leader in memory products, today announced the release of the Kingston SSDNow V Series 40GB Accelerator Drive, the latest addition to its SSDNow V ‘Value’ family of solid-state drives (SSD). The Kingston SSDNow V Series 40 GB Accelerator Drive is one of the best and most cost-effective ways to accelerate any desktop’s start up, shutdown and application load times.

“The SSDNow V Series 40GB Accelerator Drive offers instant performance enhancement and lower power consumption on existing systems at a fraction of the cost of a new system,” said Ariel Perez, SSD business manager, Kingston Digital. “In real-world numbers this means that by upgrading with an SSDNow 40GB drive, you can speed up open and close times of web browsers such as Internet Explorer or Firefox, and programs like iTunes or Photoshop by almost 4 times over existing regular desktops hard-disk drives*”.
As part of Kingston’s goal to provide an easy upgrade path for first-time users, the drive is also available as an all-in-one bundle kit that includes cloning software, 2.5" to 3.5" brackets and SATA data and power cable extenders. The included cloning software and step-by-step instructions make it simple to move the contents of one’s existing hard-disk drive (HDD) to the SSDNow. Once cloned, the OS and applications reside on the SSDNow while the HDD serves as storage for data such as music, videos, files and photos.

The Kingston SSDNow V Series 40GB Accelerator Drive will begin shipping on November 9, 2009. It is backed by a three-year warranty, 24/7 tech support and legendary Kingston reliability.

Kingston SSDNow 40GB Accelerator Drive Features and Specifications:
  • Sequential Speed**: up to 170MB/sec. read
  • Sequential Speed**: up to 40MB/sec. write
  • Performance: enhances productivity; makes users more efficient
  • Innovative: 2.5" form factor; uses NAND Flash memory components
  • Silent: runs silent and cool with no moving parts
  • Reliable: less likely to fail than a standard hard drive
  • Shock Resistant: no moving parts; handles rougher conditions than a hard drive
  • Supports S.M.A.R.T.: Self-Monitoring, Analysis and Reporting Technology
  • Guaranteed: three-year Kingston warranty, 24/7 tech support
  • Capacity: 40GB
  • Storage temperatures: -40° C to 85° C
  • Operating temperatures: 0° C to 70° C
  • Vibration operating: 2.17G (7-800Hz)
  • Vibration non-operating: 20G (20-2000Hz)
  • Power specs: Active: 0.15W (TYP); Sleep: 0.06W
  • Life expectancy: 1 million hours MTBF

* Using the industry-standard PCMark Vantage Advanced HDD Suite, the 40GB Accelerator Drive received a score of 13,883, whereas a 7200RPM hard-disk drive attained a score of 3,708. PCMark Vantage Advanced HDD Suite runs a series of tests such as Windows Vista startup, importing photos, adding music to Windows Media Center and application loading. The score is an indicator of how many bytes were moved per second. Test system: Intel DG45ID Desktop Motherboard; Intel Core 2 Duo E6550 Desktop Process @ 2.33 GHz; 4GB system memory; on-board SATA 3Gbps with ACHI enabled; Windows Vista SP2.
** Based on internal testing. Performance may vary based on system settings.
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13 Comments on Kingston Digital Extends SSD Family with Desktop Upgrade Solution

Intel's cheap(not :nutkick: ) SSD rebadged.Sure em glad US will also fine these wannabe :pimp:
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btarunr said:

  • Sequential Speed**: up to 40MB/sec. write
  • Is it just me, or is that not so great?
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    wolf said:
    Is it just me, or is that not so great?
    Not just you, worse than HDDs, but it's "value". Read is still faster and that's what should (they hope) matter.
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    Soylent Joe
    Even if the read/write times aren't that astounding, at least it'll never (or never supposed to) fail. Plus, they're quiet.
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    twicksisted said:
    thats awefully slow... pass
    Take a look at the X25-M's ratings, the first generation was only rated for 70MB/s read and it was still crazy fast.

    If they can get these at or around $100 I think they'll have a winner. Nothing in that price range could touch these specs, and their 64GB version has been down to $100 at it's best price.

    While the numbers may look dissapointing, the fact is that it will still be significantly faster than a traditional drive simply because of the access times.
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    It's very hard to read SSD read/write numbers. My SSD comes nowhere near the speeds advertised in the marketing. Yes, it can achieve those speeds in optimal conditions, like buffered reads, but in practice, running a test like Crystal Disk Marks shows something different.

    So it is hard to compare the real world performance of these drives without head-to-head comparisons.

    Here is my Super Talent FTM64GX25H
    THEORY: Read: 230 MB/s ACTUAL: 18-125 MB/s
    THEORY: Write: 180 MB/s ACTUAL: 8-92 MB/s
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    Hmmm, if I'm not mistaken, the V series Kingston use a revised version of the jmicon controller.

    I think it is the V+ that are the Intel rebrands.
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    mastrdrver said:
    Hmmm, if I'm not mistaken, the V series Kingston use a revised version of the jmicon controller.

    I think it is the V+ that are the Intel rebrands.
    Ah yes you are actually correct about the jmicron controller for all of the previous Kingston V series. But this new 40GB ssd is an exception, see link:

    Also the V+ series uses the samsung controller (S3C29RBB01-YK40) found in the corsair p256, ocz summit ssds. See link:
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    Yea saw that Anand article. Doesn't look like too bad of a drive for the price. I was trying to find it and didn't find the PcPer article that lists the controllers used for which ssd until after the post.
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    I have been waiting for this drive for a while. Half the channels of X25-M, so sequential performance will suffer a little. The memory controller is the same, so I expect decent random performance. This drive will be OEMs favorite and will make SSD mainstream.
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    for an OS drive, 40MB/s write is enough.

    its the 170MB/s read and the access times that will make an OS fly like a birdy
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