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Review of the Kingston SSDNow V100 Solid State Drive

SSD’s are becoming more popular, with people using them for their system drives because of their speed. Kingston have a few SSDs on the market, and last week we reviewed the SSDNow V+100 and here we take a look at their SSDNow V100 drive.

Here is how Kingston describe the SSDNow V100:

Dramatically increase the performance of existing systems.

Kingston introduces its SSDNow V Series drives to help consumers and organisations of all sizes and consumers enhance the performance of computers with a Serial ATA (SATA) interface. By improving a computer’s performance and durability, SSDNow V Series drives help increase productivity, and extend the life of existing computers.

Who are Kingston?

From their website:

Kingston Technology Company, Inc. is the world’s independent memory leader.
Founded in 1987 with a single product offering, Kingston® now offers more than 2,000 memory products that support nearly every device that uses memory, from computers, servers and printers to MP3 players, digital cameras and mobile phones. In 2010, the company’s sales reached $6.5 billion.

With global headquarters in Fountain Valley, California, Kingston employs more than 4,000 people worldwide. Regarded as one of the “Best Companies to Work for in America” by Fortune magazine, Kingston’s tenets of respect, loyalty, flexibility and integrity create an exemplary corporate culture. Kingston believes that investing in its people is essential, and each employee is a vital part of Kingston’s success.

Kingston serves an international network of distributors, resellers, retailers and OEM customers on six continents. The company also provides contract manufacturing and supply chain management services for semiconductor manufacturers and system OEMs.



What’s in the Box?

The SSD, cloning software and installation guide CD, Serial ATA data cable 4-pin Molex to Serial ATA power adapter cable, Brackets w/screws for 2.5” to 3.5” conversion.

A Closer Look


Here are the specifics for the drive:

SATA II 3.0 GB/s Connected

When connected to a SATA II 3.0 GB/s motherboard, the average Read is 248.2 MB/s.

And the Write is 183.7 MB/s.

And here are the file benchmarks:

So a very read good speed. However, Kingston claim a write speed of 230 MB/s and I could only get an average of 183.7 MB/s, so this was a little disappointing.

Final Thoughts

I was a little disappointed to only get 183.7 MB/s as a write speed, but it was still quite a good speed.

The drive cloning software worked as expected, although for my own piece of mind I have always performed a clean install of Windows onto an SSD, then reinstalled my applications and moved over my data.

There is a 3 year warranty included with the drive, which should give you some peace of mind.

Price wise, the 128GB version reviewed here retails for around £170 with the drive only version retailing for around £154, although do look around for the best deal.

Learn more from the Kingston website