This year, we have seen SSD prices absolutely plummet down below the $1 per GB level — some units can be obtained for as little as $0.70 per GB. With this price drop, the market has opened up for SSDs and many people including myself have purchased our first SSD and have fallen in love. However, there are many manufacturers to choose from and deciding what the right SSD for you is might be challenging. Hopefully this article will cover everything and report everything that makes an SSD different from another. Fortunately, with the latest controllers and types of memory, most of these solid state drives have become very comparable and typically vary in price simply with respect to its capacity.
Kingston has been in the memory business and has served us well for years. Its SSDs may not be as outright popular as OCZ or Corsair drives, but we can expect similar performance across the board since a lot of SSDs today share components. Today I will be looking at Kingston's SSDNow V200 128GB SSD. This SSD is marketed more towards consumers with the goal being reliability and overall great performance. These 128GB drives are rated at 300MB/s sequential read and 190MB/s sequential write on a SATA III interface and are based around asynchronous flash on a JMicron controller.
In this review I will provide an up close and in-depth look at the Kingston SSDNow V200 128GB SSD with results from a thorough benchmarking session where it will be compared to other drives currently on the market. Many tests will deal with raw transfer speed, but others will include latency, CPU utilization, IOPS, and more that may be the deciding factor on SSDs that are very similar in price and capacity. It's been a while since we've taken a look at a Kingston SSD (two years or so), so I'm interested to see how this one does. Without further ado, let's get started!
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